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.
#1 Insert Filter
Select one of the round AeroPress filters and place it into the bottom of the black filter cap.
AeroPress filter cap
At this point you should rinse the filter. It will help the filter stay in place and minimize the chance of any paper reside flavor going into the coffee.
#2 Twist Filter Into Place
Place the filter into the bottom of the brewing chamber and twist it into place. Now, place the brewing chamber, filter side down and on top of the mug you will be drinking from.
AeroPress brewing chamber
AeroPress twist filter
#3 Add Coffee
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.
AeroPress coffee scoop
Pour coffee grounds.
#4 Heat Water
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.
#5 Add Water and Stir
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.
AeroPress coffee stir
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.
Add water to AeroPress.
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.
#7 Remove AeroPress and Add More Water
Remove the brewing unit from your mug and begin to reconstitute the brew with your remaining hot water.
AeroPress coffee extract
Add hot water to AeroPress brewed coffee.
Enjoy your AeroPress coffee!
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.
AeroPress filter after brewing
AeroPress used coffee grounds
AeroPress remaining grounds
Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker – Product page on Amazon.com.
The Upside Down AeroPress Brewing Tutorial – The alternate way to brew with the AeroPress.
Full Photo Gallery – Full sized photos from tutorial along with additional images.