AeroPress Coffee Maker Tutorial

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The Aerobie AeroPress is a single cup coffee brewing system that will provide excellent use when traveling or even as your solution for quality office coffee. The system is priced between $25 and $30 which I find reasonable. In addition to the core brewing system, you will get 350 AeroPress filters and a holder for them. The device shares similarities with several other brewing methods. It uses a plunger to force water through coffee, which will be familiar to French press users. The pressurization that occurs in the plunging action is similar to an espresso machine. That said, let me be clear: this is neither an espresso machine nor a press pot. Compared to other brewing methods, I find the richness of flavor comparable to French press coffee, while the smoothness is more like a Cafe Americano.

This AeroPress brewing system makes coffee by forcing water through coffee under pressure. The result is a concentrated brew of coffee that you can then do different things with. These instructions focus on brewing the coffee and then diluting it with hot water to normal strength.

Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

Step by Step AeroPress Brewing

  1. Select one of the round AeroPress filters and place it into the bottom of the black filter cap.
  2. AeroPress filter cap
    AeroPress filter cap

    AeroPress filter
    AeroPress filter

  3. Place it into the bottom of the brewing chamber and twist it into place. Now, place the brewing chamber, filter side down, on top of the mug you will be drinking from.
  4. AeroPress brewing chamber
    AeroPress brewing chamber

    AeroPress twist filter
    AeroPress twist filter

  5. Using the scoop that came with the AeroPress, measure two scoops of coffee for a 16 oz mug. In selecting the grind, you'll want to experiment a bit with your grinder and taste preferences, but in short, a grind between espresso and drip is a good target to shoot for. A funnel comes with the AeroPress to help you get the coffee into the brewing chamber without causing too much mess. While a convenience for sure, this isn't absolutely necessary. In either case, get that coffee into the chamber.
  6. AeroPress coffee scoop
    AeroPress coffee scoop

    AeroPress coffee stir
    AeroPress coffee stir

  7. The instructions with the AeroPress indicate to use water at a temperature between 165 and 175 degrees F. Here, feel free to experiment a bit to see what works for you. I actually found that water just off the boil worked great for the diluted style coffee. Make sure to heat enough water to reconstitute your mug to 16 oz.
  8. Use the markings on the cylinder to figure out how much water to pour into the brewing chamber. Since we are doing the diluted style coffee, we will use the top of the markings as a guide. Add just a portion of the water at first so that the grounds can swell a bit, then give it a good stir with the included stirrer so that the grounds settle back down a bit--similar to preparing french press coffee. Add the remaining water so that the brew is at the top of the number 2 oval. Let the water steep for about 10 more seconds and give the brew another quick stir.
  9. AeroPress pour coffee grounds
    Pour coffee grounds.

    AeroPress add water
    Add water to AeroPress.

    AeroPress stir
    Stir AeroPress.

  10. Now, place the plunger into the chamber and apply a steady amount of force to move the plunger downward. Make sure you plunge all the way down until the plunger just begins compacting the coffee at the bottom.
  11. AeroPress pre-plunge
    AeroPress pre-plunge

    AeroPress plunge
    AeroPress plunge

    Aeropress post-plunge
    Aeropress post-plunge

  12. Remove the brewing unit from your mug and begin to reconstitute the brew with your remaining hot water.
  13. AeroPress coffee extract
    AeroPress coffee extract

    Aeropress add hot water
    Add hot water to AeroPress brewed coffee.

  14. Over a trash can, remove the filter cap from the AeroPress brewer and push the plunger the remaining way. This will eject the coffee grounds that now resemble an espresso puck. Once this is complete, you may need to rinse some remaining grinds from the plunger.
  15. AeroPress filter after brewing
    AeroPress filter after brewing

    AeroPress used coffee grounds
    AeroPress used coffee grounds

    AeroPress remaining grounds
    AeroPress remaining grounds

  16. Enjoy your AeroPress coffee!

Resources

Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker - Product page on Amazon.com.

Full Photo Gallery - Full sized photos from tutorial along with additional images.

Published: June 2007, Last Modified: December 2013, Author Google+