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Aeropress Brew Guide

At a Glance

  • Total brew time: 2:00
  • Yield: 1 short mug
  • Mugs Per Craft Coffee Bag: 7
  • Cup characteristics: Thick and complex

What You Need

  • AeroPress
  • AeroPress filter
  • 15 grams (2-3 tbsp) Craft Coffee beans
  • 240 mL water, plus additional for rinsing
  • Kettle (gooseneck preferred)
  • Stirring utensil
  • Timer
  • Mug
  • Burr grinder (recommended)
  • Scale (recommended)

Before You Brew

  • Make sure your AeroPress is clean and completely dry before using, or else the plunger tip may not be able to form a perfect seal inside the chamber.
  • For best results, we strongly recommend starting with whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder immediately before brewing. If you grind your coffee too soon, it will quickly lose many of the compounds that give it such delightful aromas and flavors.
  • While it may seem complicated, we think using a scale actually makes brewing easier by taking any guesswork out of the equation.

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Step by Step

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 1
Step 1

Heat your water to 200 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it sit for 60 seconds.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 2
Step 2

Place the filter inside the cap and rinse with hot water for 5 seconds. Rinsing the filter helps seal it inside the cap and also gets rid of any papery taste.

Discard the rinse water.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 3
Step 3

If using pre-ground coffee skip to Step 4. Otherwise, weigh out your whole bean coffee and grind it on a setting slightly finer than medium. See our guide on how to grind your coffee for reference.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 4
Step 4

Assemble your AeroPress in the “inverted” position with the cap off. Inverting the standard position keeps coffee from leaking through the filter before it's ready. Pour your ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently shake it back and forth to settle the grounds.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 5
Step 5

Time: 0:00-0:45

Start your timer and pour half of your water (120 grams) evenly over the grounds. Let it sit until your timer reads 45 seconds. This step is called the bloom. Hot water forces the coffee to release trapped gases, leading to expansion of the coffee bed, bubbling at the surface, and wonderful aromas for you to enjoy.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 6
Step 6

Time: 0:45-1:00

Fill the Aeropress all the way to the top, or until your scale reads 240 grams.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 7
Step 7

Time: 1:00-1:30

Stir gently for 5 seconds, then attach the cap (with filter) securely to the top of the chamber.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 8
Step 8

Time: 1:30-1:40

Once your timer reads 1:30, carefully flip the entire AeroPress over and place it on top of your mug. Before brewing for the first time, practice this motion with just water inside the chamber to get the hang of it. You want to find a smooth, quick motion that feels comfortable.

Craft Coffee Aeropress Brew Guide - Step 9
Step 9

Time: 1:40-2:00

Press the plunger down slowly but steadily for about 20 seconds until you hear a hissing sound - that’s air escaping from the chamber. Remove the cap and discard the grounds and filter.

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