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Brew Guide: AeroPress Brewer

The AeroPress’s unique design mirrors its versatile brewing process since there are several ways to brew coffee or espresso with it. The AeroPress provides a clean, lively cup with rich aroma. 

Brewing with AeroPress BrewerWhat You Need: 

AeroPress brewer 
AeroPress filter
1 AeroPress scoop (17g or 2 1/2 Tbsp. of coffee 
Hot water just off the boil (about 205° F)
AeroPress paddle or spoon


Measure and Grind:

Measure and grind 17g of coffee — one rounded AeroPress spoonful or about 2 1/2 Tbsp. Grind the coffee about as fine as table salt.

Prep the AeroPress:
Get the AeroPress ready to brew by placing the filter in the basket. Next, preheat the brewer and rinse the filter with hot water. This gets rid of any paper flavor and warms everything up. Heat up your mug with hot water while you're at it.

Add Coffee:
Discard the rinse water from your mug. Affix the basket to the bottom of the brew chamber and place it on top of the mug. If it’s handy, use the funnel (or coffee loader) that comes with the AeroPress to add 17g of coffee. Then, remove the funnel.

Add Water:

Start your timer when you pour hot water (just off the boil or about 205°F) into your brewer. Saturate all the grounds within 10 seconds. Pour to the No. 4 or 225g of water if you’re using a scale. Spin the chamber, making sure that all the coffee is saturated. 

Place Plunger and Wait:
Once you reach the No. 4, stir the "slurry" (coffee and water mixture) and place the plunger on the brew chamber and pull up slightly to create a pressure seal. Don’t plunge yet!

Stir and Plunge:
At 1:15, remove the pressure seal and give the slurry another stir with a spoon or paddle. Put the plunger back on and gently press down with steady pressure, stopping as soon as you hear a hissing sound. This entire brew process should take just under two minutes and yield seven to eight ounces of coffee.

Clean and Enjoy:
The AeroPress is easy to clean. Simply remove the basket and pop out the coffee grounds and filter. Clean the rubber plunger with hot kettle water and you’re ready for your next brew.

Note: For 
all our brewing methods, we suggest starting with a 1:16 coffee to water ratio which provides an excellent extraction level that maximizes flavor. Feel free to adjust this ratio to achieve a stronger brew if you wish. Should you find that the flavor is stronger than you’d like, however, simply dilute the brewed coffee with fresh, hot water. See our Four Fundamentals to a Perfect Cup for a fuller explanation of the coffee to water ratio under the heading "Proportion."