AeroPress Coffee Maker Tips – How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

by Michael on February 11, 2012 · 4 comments

A few weeks ago, I picked up an Aeropress coffee maker and I’ve been playing around, trying to dial in the perfect cup of coffee, ever since. Today, I wanted to share some tips based on my experience with the Aeropress thus far.

For starters, I grind my beans fresh using a Kyocera burr grinder. Mock me if you will, but I’m partial to original blend, whole beans from our local Dunkin’ Donuts. To each their own. 😉

Since I typically make 16 oz. of coffee each morning to fill my Thermos Sipp travel mug, I start by grinding three level scoops of coffee beans. At roughly 12-13 g/scoop, this is on par with the Aeropress recommendations.

It takes about three minutes to grind my coffee beans, so I usually throw my (filtered) water in the microwave before I start. Speaking of water… I heat the water to just shy of a boil, so it’s probably around 195° by the time I use it.

Once the beans are ground, I wet the filter and assemble the AeroPress. I then dump the grounds into the AeroPress (using the funnel to prevent a mess), place it on top of my travel mug, and get ready to make some coffee…

I start the process by gently pouring in just enough hot water to completely cover (and saturate) the grounds. I then stir the grounds for ca. 10 seconds to let them swell up and absorb the water.

From there, I pour in more water, bringing it up to halfway between the “3” and “4” on the AeroPress column. I then stir for another 10 seconds, and let the resulting concoction steep for 20-25 more seconds.

And now… It’s time to press. I start by wetting the edges of the plunger to help it slide smoothly. I then insert the plunger into the column and start gently pressing out the coffee.

The pressing process takes around 20 seconds, and I stop shortly after I hear air start “whooshing” through the filter. Note that the plunger won’t have quite reached the “puck” of grounds at this point.

I then remove the AeroPress from the mug and gently pour in the rest of the water, brining it up to the full 16 ounces. From there, it’s just a matter of screwing the top on my mug and enjoying the fruits of my labor.

As an aside, the Thermos Sipp is awesome. Not only does it look cool — kinda like something NASA would use — but it also does a great job of keeping my coffee hot so I can enjoy it at my leisure. And it’s completely leakproof. Completely.

Note that, in my humble opinion, the above process strikes a good balance between under-extraction, which can leave your coffee with a soapy taste, and over-extraction, which makes it bitter.

The end result is a delicious, smooth cup of coffee that anyone would like. Even my wife, who otherwise hates coffee…

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