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.
- 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”
- Fill a mug with filtered water. Fill it to a little bit above the amount of coffee you want to yield.
- Microwave the mug + water for about 1:30min. All microwaves are different, but I find this gets the water just hot enough.
- Pour some of this hot water into the upside-down Aeropress until it reaches about half-way.
- Put about 4 tablespoons (or whatever ratio you’d like; I find 4 to work well) of coffee grounds into the half-filled Aeropress.
- Stir until the grounds are thoroughly mixed with the hot water.
- 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.
- Stir again until the grounds are thoroughly mixed.
- Put a paper filter onto the filter cap and screw it onto the top of the Aeropress.
- Flip the Aeropress over carefully onto your mug.
- 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.
- 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).
- Take apart your Aeropress completely, rinse it off, and set it on a paper towel to dry.
- Enjoy your 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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