Best Aeropress Recipe + How to Get the Most Out of Your Aeropress…
It’s been years since people stopped mistaking the Aeropress for a manual espresso maker. Many still fail to realize that this gadget is what you have when a french press and an espresso machine love each other very much. Though, les gènes français seem to be a bit stronger in this one.
Even with that genealogy, Aeropress is a completely different beast. It’s cheap but makes three-star coffee. Simple but so versatile. It’s a bit gimmicky, but it should be in every coffee lover’s collection.
Let’s figure out how we can make some awesome coffee with it – without laser thermometers or 0.01g scales.
In other words… Let us share with you our best Aeropress recipe!
The Best Aeropress Recipe – Let’s Start With… Coffee!
Unlike other brewing gadgets, Aeropress can handle any type and roast of coffee. The only important thing is that you like the flavor because it will be accentuated with this brewing press.
There’s also quite a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the grind. On one side of the spectrum, you would want to go with a grind that would be suitable for a stovetop Moka pot. On the other side, you want to stick to the same type of coarse grind you would use for a french press. Just be aware that the grind will influence extraction time.
The good news is that you don’t need a fancy grinder for those. Still, please, make it a burr grinder, even if it’s a plastic toy one.
I would recommend going for the medium-coarse to coarse grind, especially if it’s coffee that you like. The longer extraction will pull out all those nuances you loose in other brewing methods. A medium-coarse grind will take 2 minutes, and the coarse will need 3 minutes to brew.
But I will also assume that you will ignore me and get store-bought pre-ground coffee. It’s fine, it’s totally fine. I said, said it’s fine! Anyway, if you want to use that stuff, it will take only 60 to 90 seconds. How much exactly depends on the brand.
The Other Ingredient
Let’s talk about water. Always use filtered water and never use boiling water.
If you don’t have a thermometer, or you just don’t want to bother with one, I have a hack for that. If you’re using a coarse grind, once your water has boiled, open or remove the lid on your kettle and release the steam. Then start measuring and filling your Aeropress with coffee. This way the water will cool down enough not to burn the grounds and reward you with bitter notes.
For finer grinds, the ideal temperature is 185F. You can get close by boiling 10 ounces, then adding 2 ounces of fridge cold water.
The Golden Ratio
I hope you’re not planning to throw away the scoop that came in the box because it measures the precise amount of whole beans you’ll need for a serving (16g). If you’re using pre-ground coffee, shake up the bag or canister to aerate it and aim for a heaping scoop.
Add water to the number 4 marked on the side if you’re not adding a lot of things to it. This will still produce a strong cuppa that you can dilute with a bit of hot water if you want to.
If you fill the chamber up to mark 1, you’ll get a coffee concentrate that you can make drinks like cappuccino or lattes. This also means that you can actually brew 4 cups of coffee in the Aeropress, but it will be concentrated and you will have to dilute with hot water or milk.
Upside-down Or Downside-up
The Aeropress was designed to sit on your cup while you brew. You would add to coffee and water, stir, and plunge. This method is ideal for fine grinds and you would get the flavor that is very similar to a pour-over or a Mokka pot. Also, you would have your coffee ready to drink within a minute.
Then, at some point, some baristas decided to play and they turned everything topsy-turvy. When the Aeropress turns upside-down, it becomes an immersion brewer. That opens up the door for creativity and playing with grind sizes, ratios, water temperature, etc.
The upside-down method is ideal for those expensive, fancy-schmancy beans that promise super complex flavor.
We went through most of the components on an Aeropress coffee recipe, but let’s put it all together now.
We will make two coffees – one with the store-bought stuff and the classic method, and the second with the immersion method and some whole beans.
The First Cup
For our first method, prepare the ground coffee and hot water. Place the Aeropress over your mug, filter side down. Add the coffee and pour the water over it, then stir gently. Place the plunger and press gently – let the resistance guide you. The biggest mistake you can make is to force the plunger down – it will produce an inferior brew, or even send hot liquid flying about. And your drink is done.
The Second Cup
For our second cup, we will take a few extra steps and will need a bit more time. Prepare the ground coffee and hot water, but don’t place the Aeropress over the mug. Rinse the gadget with some hot water. This is a step that you can skip with the standard method, but it will help preserve heat when you’re brewing this way. Some tutorials say that you should rinse the paper filter as well, but there is truly no need for that.
Put the plunger in and turn the setup upside-down. Now add you coffee and water, and stir gently again. Now, walk away for a minute or three. Or even for a whole day. Let the time work for you. If you’re brewing with coarse ground coffee, leave it all be for 2-3 minutes.
Once you’re ready to take the plunge, quickly turn the Aeropress over your mug and press gently again.
You can use the second method with finely ground coffee, just leave it to infuse for only one minute.
Cold Brew Concentrate
Did you know that you can make a decent cold brew in the Aeropress? It’s super simple.
Measure 4 scoops of whole coffee and grind it on a coarse setting. Add it to the Aeropress and fill the chamber with water. Let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Press and enjoy.
Since we’re friends I’ll share my special hot chocolate recipe that you can make with the Aeropress. It’s inspired by Alton Brown’s french press hot chocolate, but it’s a bit more simple and can be made with things you probably have in your pantry.
You will need:
- 7oz milk
- 1.5oz chocolate (dark, milk, anything is fine)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa
- sweetener of choice, optional
Set up your Aeropress and spoon cocoa inside. One tablespoon should be enough if you’re working with dark chocolate, two is better for milk and sweeter types of chocolate.
Heat the milk until it’s steaming and pour into the Aeropress and add a tiny pinch of salt. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
Press the milk mixture into a pot or microwave-safe vessel and reheat the milk until it’s steaming again. Add chopped chocolate and stir until it melts.
Add sweetener as desired…
Trust me, you’re going to love this one!
I hope you enjoyed our best Aeropress recipes and a quick set of tips!
If you have any questions please let me know, and don’t forget to share this post if you found it useful! 🙂