Brewing - Our Recommended AeroPress Method

Brewing - Our Recommended AeroPress Method

Step-By-Step Brewing Instructions

  1. Select Your Coffee Beans:
    • Select Your Beans: Choose your coffee beans (e.g., Sunroof).
    • Bean Type: Decide between whole bean or pre-ground.
  2. Prepare Your Coffee Beans:
    • Find Preparation Details: Visit your selected bean's page for AeroPress-specific ratios, serving sizes, and caffeine content. Be sure to check the correct measurements for either whole bean or ground coffee.
    • Measure Beans: Weigh out the recommended amount (e.g., 11g for a standard serving of Sunroof).
    • Grind Beans (if using whole beans): Grind to the AeroPress-recommended size (e.g., fine for Sunroof).
  3. Boil Water:
    • Measure 200mL of filtered water.
    • Heat the water to recommended temperature (e.g., 99°C for Sunroof).
  4. Set Up AeroPress:
    • Place the AeroPress filter in the cap and secure it onto the brew chamber.
  5. Add Coffee to AeroPress:
    • Add the ground coffee into the AeroPress brew chamber.
  6. Brew the Coffee:
    • Pour the hot water into the AeroPress, ensuring all coffee grounds are wet.
    • Start a timer for 2 minutes immediately after pouring water.
    • Insert the plunger about 1cm into the brew chamber to create a seal.
  7. Wait and Swirl:
    • After 2 minutes, gently swirl the AeroPress.
    • Wait an additional 30 seconds.
  8. Press and Serve:
    • Press down gently but firmly until all the coffee is extracted.
    • Serve the freshly brewed coffee immediately to appreciate its full flavor.

Read More: Our Recommended AeroPress Method

Enjoying a perfect cup of coffee, one that tastes wonderful and energizes your day, can be a sublime experience. We’ve spent years dialing in the perfect cup so that you can brew it in moments. There are a few components of the brew method to consider.

First, how much does the method really matter? We wondered the same. As it turns out, the method you use to brew your coffee makes a significant difference in terms of taste and caffeine content. Seemingly minor factors such as grind size, roast date of the coffee beans, ratio of coffee to water, water temperature, and brew time matter more than you might have expected. Ultimately, your perfect cup will optimize each of these variables (and others) to create the perfect harmony. Fortunately, we handled the science so you can focus on enjoying your perfect cup.

Intrigued? Check out Our Coffee Brewing Methodology to go deeper.

AeroPress Brewing Basics

Aeropress brewers are a great choice for people who value quality coffee on-the-go. We chose this method because it is easy to optimize, even for people with busy schedules. It’s also easy to reproduce consistent results and caffeine content, as long as you use our recommended AeroPress method.

Aeropress Method

Quality AeroPress coffee starts with a quality method. We didn’t reinvent the wheel here. There are countless AeroPress recipes and methods out there. We’ve tried a bunch of them and for best results, we recommend using James Hoffmann’s Ultimate AeroPress Technique (not sponsored). This technique is simple, foolproof, and easily repeatable. We can guarantee it will provide a delicious result if you follow this technique with the bean-specific instructions located at the bottom of each of Our Beans.

Limitations of AeroPress

Ratios and water temperatures are critical in producing the perfect cup consistently with the AeroPress.

  • Water contact time directly affects the extraction rate and overall flavor of the coffee, with shorter contact times resulting in milder flavors and longer contact times producing stronger and more intense flavors. We recommend the Ultimate AeroPress Technique because it allows for standardization of water contact time.
  • Ratios (coffee to water) directly affect the caffeine content and flavor profile of the coffee, as well as the overall extraction and balance of flavors. Achieving the right ratio ensures a well-balanced and enjoyable cup of coffee.

Learn more about the impact of ratios and water temperatures, and the variables we controlled for in our AeroPress experiment here: Experimental Design.

Coffee to Water Ratio

Just like with drip brewing, consistency is key when it comes to achieving the perfect cup of coffee using the AeroPress brewing method, which requires a precise coffee-to-water ratio.

To ensure consistency, we have tested every single one of our beans at multiple grind settings and exactly 200 mL of filtered water to guarantee you will get a not only a delicious, but a precise cup of coffee. Specific settings for each bean are located on the respective product pages. See Our Beans to find the exact ratios you need to use for precise caffeine content.

Our recommendation is to follow the above recipe and use 200 mL of filtered/bottled water for every serving of AeroPress coffee you wish to make. See Our Coffee Brewing Methodology for more information about why water quality is so critical in crafting a great cup of coffee. For more information about what defines a serving or “cup” of coffee, refer to this post: What exactly is a cup of coffee, anyway?

In general, you will find that if you choose pre-ground beans, the coffee-to-water ratio is between 14g - 16g of coffee for every 200mL of water. If you use whole beans and grind fresh at home (highly recommended, discussed further below), you will find that the coffee-to-water ratio is between 11g - 13g of coffee for every 200mL of water. Be sure to check the product page and select “Whole Bean” to ensure you are brewing with the correct ratios to get the best results and precise caffeine content.

Grind Size

Just like coffee-to-water ratio and water temperature, grind size is one of the most important variables to consider when you are brewing your AeroPress coffee. Our single origin coffee beans are roasted fresh to order and grinding at home is the absolute best way to ensure you can appreciate the nuances of these delicious coffees from around the world. Just like with the water ratios, we have spent countless hours dialing in the grind size recommendations that you will see on the product page for every bean. They vary between 400 microns and 500 microns, so be sure to check before you grind. If you want to know exactly how your grinder’s settings compares to these micron measurements, check out our post on our Our Coffee Brewing Methodology to learn more.

If you don’t have a burr grinder at home yet, you won’t be able to get the most out of your single origin coffee beans, but we understand that not every coffee lover has made the leap quite yet. We also offer all of our beans in pre-ground form, but there’s just not quite as much room for dialing in the flavor and profile of these beans.

Water Temperature

The third critical component of a perfect AeroPress recipe is the water temperature. We’ve tested and cross-tested all of ours beans and grind settings to ensure the recommended water temperature will extract the most nuanced and delicious flavor from your single origin coffee beans. In general, when you browse though the detailed information on each of Our Beans, you will find that the lighter roasts generally call for a higher temperature (99℃) whereas the darker beans call for a lower temperature (90℃) and one of Our Beans even tastes best when extracted at (85℃) - so be sure to reference the bean-specific instructions when you are about to brew with these perfect AeroPress recipes!

The End Result

If you follow our guides and brew instructions, we guarantee you will love your coffee. Not only that, but you will be drinking coffee made from the world’s first Coffeescription (trademark pending, by the way) with precise caffeine content. To learn more about caffeine content, refer to our post on Caffeine Content. If you want to dive even deeper into our methods, check out the post about our Experimental Design.

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