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AEROPRESS Espresso BREWING GUIDE

If you're into far-flung ideas, you'll love the AeroPress. Invented by the same guy who thought up the Aerobie (those Frisbee-like things you can fling, like, two football fields) the AeroPress is a lightweight, portable brewing device noted for using pressure and a short brew time.

We love the AeroPress because of its versatility. There’s tons of brewing possibilities and recipes that run the gamut from single cup of drip coffee to iced coffee to making espresso at home without a machine. What CAN’T this magical piece of plastic do?

This guide will produce a 2.5 ounce espresso-style beverage.

RATIO: 1:4.5 (i.e. 18g coffee, 81g water)

GRIND: A bit finer than iodized salt

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Aeropress
  • Aeropress Filters
  • 18g of Coffee
  • Water Kettle
  • Scale
  • Grinder

STEP 1

PREPARE

Place the plunger in the chamber between the ‘2’ and ‘3’ number marks for both the classic Aeropress and Aeropress Go. Flip assembly over so the numbers are upside down (inverted method).

Weigh out a little more than 18 grams of coffee. Fill kettle and heat water.

Place a filter in the filter cap and rinse with hot water. This will help seal the cap in and also wash away any paper taste the filter might impart.

STEP 2

WEIGH & GRIND

Grind coffee. You’ll want the grind to be very fine, but not quite as fine as espresso. The grind size should be a bit finer than iodized (table) salt.

Weigh out 18 grams of coffee into the chamber and tare scale. Give a gentle tap to flatten the coffee bed.

STEP 3

BREW

Just after water settles from a boil, start timer and pour 81 grams of water into the chamber. Stir the slurry (coffee + water mixtures) a handful of times to break up any coffee clumps.

Screw the filter cap with filter onto the chamber.

STEP 4

FLIP, SWIRL, & PLUNGE

After 90 seconds, place your cup/glass over the inverted Aeropress and flip them over together. Swirl the entire assembly 2-3 times to make sure no grounds are stuck to the side.
Pro tip: The funnel included fits nicely into a shot glass!

Plunge gently all the way through the ‘hiss’. (We don’t recommend this for brewing a full Aeropress, but for an ‘espresso’ style, we need every gram of water we can get!)

STEP 5

ENJOY

Remove the AeroPress and drink up!

Add milk and syrup to your liking — the possibilities are endless!

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