Aeropress Coffee Brewing Guide

The Aerobie Aeropress is one of the newest brew methods to impress the world of specialty coffee. Its portability and durability make it ideal for travel, and its design and range of use allow it produce excellent coffee with a myriad of variables to manipulate.

The Aeropress is an immersion brewer with a pressing motion, but is very different than the French Press. Brewing with this device is relatively quick and simple to clean. The final cup will be rich and clean, free of sediment unless you decide to use a metal filter.

Complete AeroPress Guide:

  • Measurements: 17g coffee, 250g water ( 8.8 oz)
  • Grind: Medium – Fine
  • Filter: Aeropress Filters, S Disk Filter
  • Method: Inverted – The Aeropress will be brewed with the filter cap facing upwards and the plunger already attached on the bottom

1. Bring enough water to just below a boil (~200° F / ~93° C ) in order to brew the coffee and pre-heat the Aeropress.

2. Place the filter in the filter cap and preheat it by pouring a couple grams of hot water over it. Then pour a few grams into the Aeropress to preheat it as well.

3. Weigh out 17 grams of coffee and grind it medium. After you throw out the preheat water, place the grounds into the Aeropress.

4. Pour right at 50 grams of water, saturating all the grounds evenly, and rest for 40 seconds to allow for bloom. The grounds will soak up the water, which will you allow you to pour more water in and brew more coffee overall.

5. After 40 seconds have passed, pour the remaining 200 grams of water in slowly and evenly so that all the grounds continue to be fully saturated and agitated as you pour.

6. After a total of 1:30 has passed, place the cap on the Aeropress and flip the device over and onto a mug and shake the Aeropress slightly.

7. Begin pressing slowly. Too fast, and the bitterness in the grounds will be released. 30 seconds of pressure is ideal.

8. Once you hear air being forced through the filter turn the Aeropress back over. Trash the filter and grounds, then rinse off the equipment.

9. Since the Aeropress creates a slightly smaller cup than most people drink, I walked you through creating a more concentrated cup. To balance out the flavors, add some hot water to dilute the coffee. I typically do this by just filling up the mug to where it would normally be if made through another brew method.

10. Sip, enjoy.

The Highlights:

1. 50g bloom for 40s

2. 200g continuous pour, finish by 1:00

3. Plunge at 1:30 for 30s

4. Dilute with 30g of water

AeroPress FAQs:

What's the best grind size for AeroPress?

The incredible thing about the AeroPress is that it’s so flexible. You can pair a coarse grind size with a longer brewing time (2:30). A medium grind size works well with a shorter steep (1:30). And you can even use a fine(ish) grind size with a rapid brewing time (0:45) for a quick shot-like cup. 

What's the best coffee grinder for AeroPress brewing?

A reliable coffee grinder is essential to delicious AeroPress, so we suggest either buying a sub-$50 hand grinder or saving up $100+ for an electric grinder. Here are our two primary picks:

If you’re using your AeroPress for travel coffee, definitely get yourself the EvenGrind — it’ll travel with you more easily than a larger electric grinder.

Can I make espresso with the AeroPress?

The AeroPress is capable of making extra-strong coffee, much like you’d find in a moka pot, but it’s not quite real espresso.

To be legitimate espresso, the coffee must be pulled with at least 8-10 bars of pressure — and the AeroPress, since it’s powered by hand, doesn’t get anywhere close.

However, you can still make some delicious faux-espresso drinks by using a fine grind setting and applying a lot of pressure after a quick steep (make sure to use a sturdy mug!). 

Can I make espresso with the AeroPress?

The AeroPress is capable of making extra-strong coffee, much like you’d find in a moka pot, but it’s not quite real espresso.

To be legitimate espresso, the coffee must be pulled with at least 8-10 bars of pressure — and the AeroPress, since it’s powered by hand, doesn’t get anywhere close.

However, you can still make some delicious faux-espresso drinks by using a fine grind setting and applying a lot of pressure after a quick steep (make sure to use a sturdy mug!). 

Brewing Variations:

1. The device was originally created to be used while sitting on top of a mug already with the filter cap down. This allowed some of the coffee to drip through before the brewing was complete, which is why many have adopted the inverted method. Alternative Brewing has an inverted Aeropress brew guide on their site which is easy to follow and outlines a number of key factors including grind coarseness.

2. Many people like to use the stirrer that comes with the Aeropress to agitate the grounds. Try it out and see what you think. With my method, the second phase of pouring does quite a bit of agitation, so I don’t use it, but I advise you to experiment for yourself.

3. There are hundreds of great Aeropress recipes out there. I recommend checking out Aeropressworldchamptionship.com‘s list from 2013.

Common Problems:

1. If your final coffee is too bitter, you either need better coffee, or you should try pressing more slowly. Slow is key to a non-bitter coffee.

2. If your final product is too strong, you can either dilute with coffee, or choose to brew with less coffee to begin with. Try 14 grams.

3. If your final product is too weak, try more coffee, or dilute less.