How to Make Coffee with an AeroPress

You may have heard of the AeroPress, these are popular brewers for single servings, taking to the office, travel and camping. They combine the immersion method (like a French Press) with a filter and quick brew times. They make about 6 fl. oz of coffee and are pretty easy to clean.

Below are five different methods I like, there are tons of other recipes out there though. There is even a world AeroPress Championship (WAC) with annual winners.

Things you will need:

You may not have a scale handy, but you can pre-measure your scoop weight and the numbers on the side of the chamber as reference in a pinch. Other recipes call for making a more concentrated coffee then adding hot water after the brew is done to get a larger serving size.

Here is my video of the Stumptown method:

Stumptown Method:

17 grams coffee for 220 ml water. Medium/Fine Grind. Water fresh off the boil.

  1. 10-15 second pour
  2. Stir
  3. Place the plunger on at an angle just to cover the brew
  4. 1:15 steep
  5. Stir
  6. Plunge into cup

James Hoffmann Ultimate AeroPress Technique (Slightly Modified):

13 grams coffee for 220 ml water. Medium/Fine Grind. Water fresh off the boil.

  1. Pour in water quickly (but carefully) making sure all grounds get wet
  2. Set the plunger to create a vacuum
  3. 2:00 steep
  4. Swirl (not stir)
  5. Wait 30 seconds
  6. Plunge into cup

The Inverted Method

The inverted methods ensures that no water will drip through the filter and allows for a better immersion brew, I tend to avoid these because I have kids at home and am afraid someone is going to knock it over and get burned. One option is to purchase a Fellow Prismo attachment that is leak proof and will allow you to use these inverted recipes using the AeroPress the regular way. It also has a reusable metal filter and allows for more pressure for espresso-like extraction.

Be careful not to spill hot water or burn yourself. With this method everything is upside down, the plunger will be on the bottom and the chamber will be on top, make sure to attach the filter and cap before flipping.

17 grams coffee for 200 ml water. Medium/Fine Grind. Water fresh off the boil.

You are using less water because you want the plunger to be seated in a little further to avoid it separating and causing a spill/burns.

  1. Pour 2x weight of coffee (approx. 34 ml) of water
  2. Stir and bloom for 30 seconds
  3. Pour the rest of the water
  4. 1:00 steep
  5. Stir
  6. Secure filter and cap
  7. Place cup on top and flip
  8. Plunge

If you want something more like espresso try these methods. Add milk for something similar to a latte.

Inverted Method for Espresso-like Coffee:

17 grams coffee for 55 ml of water. Fine Espresso Grind. Water fresh off the boil.

  1. Slowly pour the water over about 10 seconds
  2. Swirl/Stir for 15 seconds
  3. Secure filter and cap
  4. Place cup on top and flip
  5. Plunge quickly to complete the brew under 30 seconds

James Hoffman Inverted Method for Espresso-like Coffee:

18 grams coffee for 90 ml of water. Fine Espresso Grind. Water fresh off the boil.

  1. Pour the water
  2. Stir
  3. 1:30 steep
  4. Secure filter and cap
  5. Place cup on top and flip
  6. Swirl
  7. Plunge

If you’re looking for a larger brew size, in a similar immersion/filter style brewer, check out the Clever Dripper.