Aeropress Espresso

Here’s how to make Aeropress espresso! You can get close to the real thing using this inexpensive coffee maker.

Aeropress espresso

Got an Aeropress? Want to make espresso? You’re in luck. Let’s be honest: the Aeropress cannot make a true espresso with the bubbly “crema” top that you’d get at your favorite coffee shop. But it does make what we’ll call Aeropress espresso (genius term, right?): a brown liquid that tastes a lot like espresso. Down it as is, or use it in espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.

Can the Aeropress really make espresso?

The Aeropress is an inexpensive coffee maker that looks like a plastic cylinder. It looks a little space-agey, but it makes a great cup of coffee. In fact, it’s our favorite for traveling to approximate the flavor of a good cup of pourover.

Can the Aeropress really make espresso? Not really. A good espresso has a caramel colored foamy top, called crema. There’s no way to achieve a crema with the Aeropress. A flavor in an espresso is much more developed and tastes like a perfume of flavor, whereas the Aeropress espresso tastes a little more bitter and flat.

Is it even worth making Aeropress espresso? Yes! It’s an easy way to make espresso and it tastes good. It’s a great way to make this ultra strong coffee for espresso drinks. The best part? An Aeropress costs about $25, versus the hundreds of dollars you’ll shell out for an espresso machine.

Aeropress espresso

Make sure to get espresso roast coffee!

You can’t really make Aeropress espresso unless you have espresso roast coffee. What’s espresso roast coffee? The technical answer is there’s not a true definition. The non-coffee nerd answer is that espresso roast is extremely dark roast coffee. This gets the best dark, creamy bitterness to each sip.

How to make Aeropress espresso: a few tips

Here’s what to know about how to make Aeropress espresso (we almost said Aeropresso, which is actually a great name for the stuff). Read these tips first, then jump to the recipe below:

  • Grind your coffee to fine grind. Instead of medium grind for a regular cup of coffee, you’ll need fine grind here.
  • It will be a little harder to plunge than regular coffee. You need high pressure for espresso! Because the coffee is ground so fine, you’ll notice it’s a little harder to press down the plunger than normal. That’s ok: go with it!
  • Use an electric teapot for best results. An electric teapot lets you control exactly how hot the water gets: the optimal temperature is 200 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course if you’re traveling or don’t have one, you can approximate.
Aeropress coffee

Espresso drinks to make with the Aeropress

Here’s the fun part! Typically we don’t make Aeropress espresso unless we’re making coffee drinks that call for an espresso shot. It’s a great way to make it quickly and easily. Here are a few of our favorite espresso drinks:

  • Cafe Latte This cafe latte has the best creamy body: it tastes just as good as a coffee shop.
  • Americano This popular coffee drink smooths the bitterness of espresso with hot water.
  • Macchiato A shot of espresso topped with a layer of frothy foam: the perfect drink!
  • Cappuccino Creamy with just the right touch of foamed milk and bitter espresso.
  • Mocha Rich and chocolaty, with just the right topping of fluffy milk foam.
  • Dirty Chai Latte Make your chai latte dirty by adding a shot of espresso!
  • Espresso Martini A modern classic cocktail made with coffee, Kahlua, and vodka!

This Aeropress espresso recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Aeropress espresso

Aeropress Espresso


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ounces (2 shots) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make Aeropress espresso! You can get close to the real thing using this inexpensive coffee maker.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 18 grams espresso roast coffee, or about 3 tablespoons coffee beans
  • Water (preferably filtered)
  • Coffee grinder
  • Aeropress
  • 1 Aeropress filter

Instructions

  1. In an electric teapot, heat water to 200 to 205°F.
  2. Grind 3 tablespoons (18 grams) espresso coffee beans to a fine grind (but not super fine, or it will be too hard to plunge).
  3. Place the circular filter into the basket of the Aeropress and wet it so it is fully damp. Screw the basket onto the end of the Aeropress.
  4. Pour the coffee grounds into the Aeropress, and tamp the grounds lightly with a cocktail muddler. Place it on top of an empty mug.
  5. Pour 85 grams water into the Aeropress (1 and 1/2 mark). Wait 45 seconds. Insert the plunger into the top of the Aeropress. Gently press down until the plunger is pressed fully to the bottom; you will hear a hiss of air being released (this process takes about 30 seconds or so; it will be slightly harder to plunge than normal Aeropress coffee).
  6. Remove the Aeropress, unscrew the basket and hold it over a compost bucket or garbage. Press down on the plunger to release the filter and grounds. Rinse the Aeropress so it is ready for future use.
  • Category: Coffee
  • Method: Aeropress
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Aeropress espresso

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Brooke
    December 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Hi guys, I gave this a try and could see the crema when I poured the water into the aeropress but when it’s plunged into the cup it didn’t maintain the crema. Is there any tricks I’ve missed to get that frothy crema in the cup? Thanks :)

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      December 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

      Hi! It’s difficult to achieve a great crema like a real espresso machine.

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