❰❰Make Awesome (Easy) Aeropress Coffee

by Jesse Herrick

August 25, 2015

I love coffee. I also love clean, organized things. The Aeropress combines all of these into one awesome device.

I actually forgot how useful an Aeropress was until I read this article on Matt Might’s blog. He suggests using an Aeropress to make coffee, then embeds a great video about it. However, I don’t own an electric kettle, cooking thermometer, grinder, or electric balance/scale so I couldn’t really use any of the techniques in the video. Instead, I decided to make my own method using just a microwave.

The goal of this guide is not to be exact, but to be easy.

  1. Set up your Aeropress; upside-down
    • Take the plunger half of the Aeropress and set it down with the rubber side facing up.
    • Connect the main body with the plunger; wide end (where the filter connects) facing up.
    • I like to keep the plunger just below or inside of the “4”
  2. Fill a mug with filtered water. Fill it to a little bit above the amount of coffee you want to yield.
  3. Microwave the mug + water for about 1:30min. All microwaves are different, but I find this gets the water just hot enough.
  4. Pour some of this hot water into the upside-down Aeropress until it reaches about half-way.
  5. Put about 4 tablespoons (or whatever ratio you’d like; I find 4 to work well) of coffee grounds into the half-filled Aeropress.
  6. Stir until the grounds are thoroughly mixed with the hot water.
  7. Pour some more hot water into the Aeropress until it’s almost full.
    • If there’s still water in your mug (there usually is), don’t worry! We’re basically making an americano, so a little extra hot water is good.
  8. Stir again until the grounds are thoroughly mixed.
  9. Put a paper filter onto the filter cap and screw it onto the top of the Aeropress.
  10. Flip the Aeropress over carefully onto your mug.
  11. Press gently onto your Aeropress.
    • You may be tempted to press down hard, don’t; you’ll make a mess.
    • Press down hard enough that coffee is being forced through the filter, but not so hard as to force coffee out the sides.
  12. Once all of the coffee has been forced through the filter, take the Aeropress off the mug, remove the filter cap, and push the used grounds into a trash can (or wherever you put used grounds).
  13. Take apart your Aeropress completely, rinse it off, and set it on a paper towel to dry.
  14. Enjoy your coffee! :coffee:

If you have any improvements, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to tweet me or comment below.

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