How to: Aeropress

By Stuart Grant

We bought a few new toys this week, including a couple of Aeropresses.

What is an Aeropress?

I'm glad you asked. The Aeropress (made by Aerobie) is yet another method of making brewed coffee. The first thing you'll notice about them is that they look ridiculous. They've been compared to a giant syringe or breast pump, but functionally, they're a great design! There's a bottom chamber with a detachable filter holder, and a top section which acts as a plunger. You put a small paper disk in the filter folder, add coffee and boiled (but not boiling) water, then plunge after a short brewing time. It's clean, simple and extremely tasty!

How to use the Aeropress:

My current method follows this video guide from Tim Wendelboe. [I should probably issue a Barry White warning on that video.] You'll need: 15g coffee, 220mL boiled water, and something to press into (your cup will do as long as it's big enough).
  1. Grind the coffee for filter - coarser than espresso but not as coarse as plunger.
  2. Fit the paper filter into its holder and give it a very good rinse with boiled water to get rid of any paper flavour.
  3. Attach the filter holder, put the bottom section on your receptacle, then pour in the coffee and water and stir well.
  4. Let steep for 45 seconds.
  5. Stir again, fit the plunger and press down firmly (and carefully). The "plunge" should be 10-15 seconds - if it's more or less, you should adjust the grind fineness for future brews.
  6. Enjoy!