Let's brew with the Aeropress!

Let's brew with the Aeropress!

I love the wide variety of brewing methods to make the perfect cup of coffee.  It seems almost weekly a new accessory comes out hoping to revolutionize the home coffee brewing experience.  To be honest, I have a slight obsession with collecting different home brewers.  From the french press, V60 to an old LL Bean percolator I enjoy mixing up my afternoon cup.  

Today I want to share with you the Aeropress.  It's a neat brew method that can be used in a variety of ways, and can even function as an espresso maker in a pinch. The Aeropress is great for travel, because it's made of really tough plastic, and typically comes with a neat carry bag. 

Brewing requires a kettle or pot to heat water, and fresh ground coffee. It uses a plunger system to apply pressure for brewing allowing you to really experiment with brew times, and ratios.  Below is a great starter recipe to get you used to how the Aeropress works. 

You will need: 

  • Aeropress
  • Paper filter
  • Ground coffee (medium-fine grind)
  • Hot water (just off boiling, around 175-185°F/80-85°C)
  • Stirrer or spoon
  • Timer


  1. Begin by heating up some water to just off boiling temperature. You can use a kettle or a pot for this.
  2. As the water heats up, prepare your Aeropress by placing a paper filter into the filter cap, and then twisting the cap onto the chamber.
  3. Wet the paper filter with some hot water to rinse it and remove any paper flavor.
  4. Add your coffee grounds to the Aeropress. For a standard 8oz/240ml cup of coffee, use 15-20g of coffee (about 1-2 scoops).
  5. Start your timer and pour enough hot water over the coffee grounds to saturate them. Give the mixture a stir to ensure all the coffee is wet.
  6. Fill the Aeropress with hot water up to the desired level (number 1 or 2 on the Aeropress chamber).
  7. Give the coffee another quick stir for about 10 seconds.
  8. Place the plunger into the Aeropress and apply gentle downward pressure to create a seal. This will prevent any water from leaking out.
  9. Let the coffee steep for 1-2 minutes, depending on your preference.
  10. Once your desired steep time is up, start pressing down slowly and steadily on the plunger. This should take about 20-30 seconds to fully press down.
  11. Remove the filter cap and push the plunger all the way through to eject the coffee grounds and filter into the trash or compost.
  12. Serve and enjoy your freshly brewed coffee!

Pro tips:

  • Experiment with the coffee-to-water ratio and steep time to find your perfect cup of coffee.
  • Rinse the Aeropress with hot water before brewing to preheat it, which can help maintain the temperature of the brewing water.
  • Use freshly roasted coffee beans for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a stronger cup of coffee, try using a finer grind or increasing the amount of coffee used.

Photos by Ben Moreland on Unsplash