The Aeropress is a clever, simple device that allows you to brew coffee. The Aeropress was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler; an American inventor. In the article, we cover the unique aspects of the Aeropress, and we explain how brewing coffee with the Aeropress works. 

As mentioned the Aeropress is a simple, but very clever device. It works as follows; coffee is steeped for approximately 40 seconds depending on the grind and strength you prefer. After steeping, you force the water through a filter using manual force. You press the plunger through the outside tube. To ensure that no coffee grinds end up in your brew you need to use a filter. You have several options; you can use the standard paper filters, or you can choose the more sustainable and reusable metal filters.

Aeropress: the traditional method

The Aeropress consists of two cylinders that nest in each other. One of the cylinders has an airtight seal and fits into the larger cylinder. When using the traditional method, you place fine-ground coffee in the bottom of the larger cylinder on top of a paper microfilter. You then pour in hot water, right on top of your coffee. Stir your mixture for a couple of seconds. The longer you steep your coffee, the more water has more time to extract the flavor out of the coffee. Now you can insert the plunger and push downwards. Most of the time people use a dose of 14 to 20 grams of coffee with about 210 to 240 ml of water.   

Inverted method

Coffee enthusiasts have also developed a different method of using the Aeropress; the inverted method. This method is more similar to the way a French press works. The extended brewing time in particular. This method therefore is more suitable for more coarse grinds that you might use in a French press.  

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Updated on 18-02-2021