How to Make the Perfect Aeropress Brew at Home (or Anywhere Else)

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There are at least three reasons why picking up an Aeropress simply makes sense:

  1. It’s a slick and seriously simple way of brewing coffee, which creates a vacuum to force the water through the grounds for an accelerated and intensive extraction process.
  2. It’s also one of the quickest ways of brewing an absolutely fantastic cup of coffee, typically taking no more than 90 seconds from start to finish.
  3. It’s a fantastically portable piece of kit you can take just about anywhere, which unlike most comparable devices can be cleaned in seconds after each use.

Combine the above with the flexibility Aeropress brings to the table and the whole thing is more or less a no-brainer.

But just as is the case with all coffee-brewing methods, there is a very slight learning curve to negotiate with Aeropress. At least, in the sense of picking up the basics needed to get the best out of your device.

10 Steps to Aeropress Coffee Perfection

As already mentioned, the process of brewing Aeropress coffee really could not be simpler. Follow the 10 basic steps outlined below and you’ll be looking at barista-quality results, every time:

  1. Rinse your Aeropress thoroughly before each use with warm water, ideally doing a “blind press” if you have the time to soak and prepare the filter.
  2. Always use the purest water you have access to, either filtered or bottled. Heat it in a kettle and continue with the preparation process.
  3. Grinding beans for Aeropress means aiming for a consistency slightly coarser than espresso but finer than French press. It’s a trial and error process to get it right, so stick with it if thing aren’t perfect the first time.
  4. Use the Aeropress spoon to add the required quantity of coffee to the container.
  5. If you have not already done so, moisten the filter to get rid of any unpleasant papery taste. A small detail that can really make a major difference to the quality of the final product.
  6. Pour around 50 ml (i.e. 1.7 US fluid ounces) of hot water into the Aeropress to saturate and pre-infuse the grounds. Ensure the water is no hotter than a 96° C (i.e. 205º F, leave for one minute after boiling) and allow to infuse with the grounds for around 30 seconds.
  7. Add the rest of the water, give it a gentle stir and wait another 30 seconds to ensure optimal infusion.
  8. Attach the filter and press down on the plunger firmly but carefully. It should take you between 15 and 30 seconds to complete the process.
  9. Stop plunging when you hear a hissing sound, avoiding the temptation to push the plunger all the way to the bottom.
  10. Enjoy your fantastic cup of Aeropress coffee and wonder how you ever got by without this little gadget in your life!

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