Before you start using the AeroPress
Consider these points before you start churning out championship coffee with your AeroPress.
Aerobie recommends using water heated to 176 Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius).
Our old kettle heated water to 206,6 Fahrenheit (97 degrees Celsius) (I measured with a thermometer). We bought a variable temperature kettle. It heats water to 176 Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius).
I’ve made countless cups of AeroPress coffee with both.
My honest opinion? There’s no difference in taste between coffee made at either temperature.
We bought the variable temperature kettle for use with a portable espresso maker. I’ll write a review soon. Sign up to stay tuned.
Best coffee for the AeroPress
I won’t tell you which coffee is best for your AeroPress. My tasty might not be your tasty.
But I’ll make a suggestion or two.
Look for a medium to dark or dark roast. You want strong, but not bitter, coffee. A light roast might not have enough kick.
You need less dark roasted coffee grounds to make weak coffee. If you use weak coffee grounds you’ll need more. Keep that in mind if you prefer weak coffee.
Aerobie recommends you use a fine drip or espresso grind. Trust them on this one.
If your coffee grounds are too fine you’ll have difficulty pressing it. If it’s ground too coarse, flavour goes to waste.
I once bought coffee that was ground too fine. I struggled to push the plunger down. Coffee that was ground too coarse tasted watered down.
You’ll know it’s correct if heated water trickles through the coffee grounds without you pressing it.
My favourite coffee supplier grinds coffee to their customers’ needs. They grind for the AeroPress too.
I’m sure there’s a coffee roaster in your neck of the woods that grinds for the AeroPress.
How to store your coffee
I used to store filter coffee in the fridge.
I spoke to some baristas. No idea where this habit originated, but it does nothing for keeping coffee fresh.
Store your coffee—beans or grounds—in a well-sealed glass bottle. Keep the bottle in a cool cupboard, not a fridge. There’s no need.
What to make your AeroPress in
Use a container with a mouth of 2,71654 inches (69mm) in diameter. The AeroPress’ water chamber’s flange rests on the container’s rim.
Make sure whatever you’re pressing into can handle the pressure.
It’s fine to press coffee straight into your cup if you’re making one cup.
But what do you do when five people threaten physical harm if you don’t provide them with a coffee fix?
Use a simple, sturdy stainless steel metal jug.
Here’s a stainless steel jug with Imperial and metric measurement markings on the inside.
The opening measures 3 inches (76.2mm) in diameter. This is perfect for the AeroPress.
Buy it on Amazon: Stainless Steel Jug For AeroPress.
I’ve tried plastic jugs. They collapse. A metal jug handles the pressure.
It takes 11 easy steps to make killer coffee with the AeroPress:
- Remove the plunger from the water chamber.
- Remove the filter cap from the water chamber if it’s not off yet.
- Place a filter in the filter cap.
- Screw the filter cap onto the water chamber.
- Place the water chamber onto a strong cup or metal jug.
- Add one or two scoops of coffee to the water chamber.
- Pour boiled water into the water chamber.
- If you have a variable temperature kettle, set it to 176 Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius).
- Stir the concoction for up to 20 seconds.
- Place the plunger into the water chamber and press down all the way.
- Remove the AeroPress from the cup or jug.
- Enjoy delicious coffee.
How to make paper filters last longer
Here’s a tip: use two paper filters together. It makes both filters last much longer. It’s only applicable if you reuse your AeroPress filters. I do.