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Brewing with the AeroPress

Brewing with the AeroPress

In this tutorial, we will show you how to make an Americano at home using the AeroPress. 

The AeroPress is versatile and easy to use. You can get espresso-like coffee at home or a more full-bodied coffee like you would see in a French press. When you use the AeroPress, you build up pressure when you plunge. You're also using immersion brew which means the coffee has a longer contact time with the water.

There are two ways you can use the AeroPress. You can brew using the inverted method, which means putting your coffee through the bottom, add the cap, then flipping it when you're ready to plunge. Or, you can use the traditional method, where you put the cap on first, add your coffee and water, then plunge. In this tutorial, we will be using the traditional method.

  • Scale
  • Timer
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • AeroPress
  • AeroPress filters
  • Stir Stick
  • 32g finely ground coffee
  • 250g water
  • Water temp: 175°F

Since we're using the traditional method, first, you will add the cap with a paper filter inside to the bottom of the brewer.

Place your cup on the scale, and set the bottom part onto the top of the cup. Pour in your coffee, and give it a shake to make sure the ground are level - this allows for better extraction.

Tare out your scale, pour in 50g of water, and give it a stir with your stir stick. Start your timer, and wait 20 seconds.

When the timer is up, pour in 50 more grams of water, and add the plunger up top, but don't begin plunging yet! You will wait 40 seconds while the coffee brews.

After the 40 seconds is up, remove the cup from your scale (so you don't break it), and now you can slowly begin to plunge.

You can now enjoy your coffee that's pretty close to an espresso.

To make an Americano, just add 150g of water. That's it!


If you want a more visual tutorial on brewing with the AeroPress, check out our YouTube video below where our Director of Coffee Education, Austin, walks us through it.