I love my morning brew, and a few years ago I was on a quest to brew the perfect cup of coffee. I was a disappointed owner of a Keurig, and wanted to find something better. After researching the best methods for brewing coffee, I stumbled upon the Aeropress. The Aeropress is similar to a French Press, but uses air pressure during brewing. This extracts the flavors like an espresso machine would. It is the best of both worlds. The Aeropress is small and portable which would makes it perfect to take camping or other adventures.
The Perfect Cup of Coffee
Coffee from the Aeropress is smooth, rich, and delicious. It is such a high quality cup of coffee, that I have even noticed local craft coffee shops offering Aeropress brewed coffee on their menus. While it may take a little more effort than an automatic Keurig brew, it is definitely worth the few extra moments in the morning. I have been using my Aeropress daily for more than 2 years. My Aeropress has held up great and has traveled with us on camping trips (who doesn’t want great craft coffee right from their tent?). Since the Aeropress is different from most coffee makers, here are my tips on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee with an Aeropress.
How to Brew
Your Aeropress will come with the main Aeropress body, a plunger that fits snugly in the body, a funnel for adding coffee, a scoop, a plunger for stirring, a filter cap, and paper filters. You can also purchase a reusable Fine Mesh Metal Filter if you prefer over the paper filters. I like to use the inverted method for brewing, which allows the coffee grounds to soak for as long as you desire. To brew with this method, follow the steps below.
- Align the plunger into the main body of the Aeropress around the level 4 line. Set it on your counter with the plunger part down, and the opening at the top.
- Place the funnel on top, and add one scoop of coffee per serving (you can make two servings in the Aeropress).
- Remove the funnel and add hot water, to the level 2 line. If you really want to be technical, temperatures between 195 degrees and 205 degrees are the best.
- Use the paddle to gently stir the grounds and make sure there are not any dry clumps.
- Add more hot water until it is to the top of the Aeropress body. Watch the gorgeous “bloom” of the coffee appear…
- Place your paper filter in the filter cap and wet with a few drops of hot water. Or insert your metal mesh filter in the cap. Attach the filter cap to the top of the Aeropress body.
- After the coffee has brewed for about a minute, you will invert the Aeropress over your coffee cup. Gently press down on the plunger with a steady and even pressure. It should take about 1 minutes to press all of the coffee out of the Aeropress.
- Once your coffee is pressed into your cup, you may want to add more hot water to reach the desired strength of your coffee (the Aeropress coffee tends to be a bit concentrated, and add water according to your taste).
- Before enjoying you coffee, take the time to clean your Aeropress with running water, and do not leave the plunger halfway through the body of the Aeropress, as this will eventually weaken the seal of the plunger. Either store the pieces separate, or make sure the plunger is all the way through the body.
And now enjoy your perfect cup of coffee!
Try a Cold Brew!
The Aeropress has a lot of different brewing methods, but I have found this one to be the easiest and most consistent. You can also use the Aeropress to extract the coffee from a cold brew coffee. I like to make a Vietnamese Cold Brew Iced Coffee, using the Aeropress to filter out the coffee grounds. You can find the recipe here.
The Aeropress is a versatile coffee press and it is durable too. The Aeropress is a must have if you are seeking the perfect cup of coffee.
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