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How to Make Coffee with an Aeropress

An aeropress, jug, and mug being used to make a coffee using our brew guide.

Aeropress: what it is and why we love it

A relative newcomer to the brewing scene, the Aeropress was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler (the engineer who invented the Aerobie frisbee)! It consists of two lightweight cylinders and a filter. This brewer produces a clean and full-bodied cup of coffee. It’s quick and easy to use and clean, and it’s lightweight and compact so it’s perfect for travelling. We never leave home without it!

What you'll need

– Aeropress coffee brewer
– Aeropress filter papers
– Kettle, scales and timer
– A cup (or jug) to brew into

Recipe

Makes one serve

  • 15g coffee (roasted for filter)
  • 200g water
  • Total brew time: 2 minutes
  • Grind size: medium (a little finer than a pour over grind)

      Steps

      1. Bring at least 1/2 litre of fresh water to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, place the filter paper in the filter holder and attach it to the bottom of the Aeropress chamber.

      2. Place the Aeropress on top of your cup or jug, and rinse with hot water, discarding the water from the cup once it’s filtered through. This heats up your Aeropress and cup, and rinses the paper at the same time.

      3. Pour the ground coffee into the bottom of the Aeropress chamber. Place the set-up, with the cup beneath, on your scales and tare to zero.

      4. Add 200g of boiling water to the ground coffee and start your timer.

      5. Carefully place the plunger part in the top of the Aeropress. (This will create some suction and will stop the coffee dripping through the filter.)

      6. After 1 minute, carefully remove the plunger and give the brew a good stir.

      7. Replace the top part of the plunger and let it brew for another minute.

      8. Gently and slowly press the plunger down until the coffee brew is completely pushed through the paper filter.

      9. Give the brew a stir, and then enjoy!

      Hot tips

      If you find it hard to plunge, make the grind a little coarser.

      To clean the Aeropress after use, turn it so the filter is facing up and remove the plastic filter holder. Slowly press the coffee grounds and paper filter into the bin or compost.

       

      When travelling, we always take the Porlex Hand Grinder in our luggage along with the Aeropress (it fits snugly inside). That way, we can grind and brew coffee on the go!

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