Aeropress Recipe

Want to brew craft coffee at home? Here’s our Aeropress recipe: it’s a quick and easy way to make a killer cup of coffee. We love making light roast craft coffee at home: we’ll show you how to use an Aeropress below!

Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks

What’s the first thing you consume in the morning? In this household, it’s one word: coffee. That enchanting elixir brings warmth and comfort into our lives on a daily basis, and we are truly smitten (a better term than addicted, right?). Nothing makes me happier than rolling out of bed to a cozy mug of that intoxicating, dark aroma. If you’re into coffee, you’ll know there is a plethora of brewing methods out there, many bordering on coffee nerd-dom: think French Press, Chemex, V60,  And as budding coffee nerd-snobs, we have our favorite method to share with you: the Aeropress. Keep reading for our Aeropress recipe!

What’s an Aeropress?

The Aero-what? It sounds and looks a bit space-agey, but it’s simply a (BPA-free) plastic tube used to press water through coffee grounds. Reasons we love brewing coffee with an Aeropress:

  • It’s quick (5 minutes tops, without the grinding).
  • It’s easy (even I can do it).
  • It’s easy to clean (literally 30 seconds to discard the grounds and rinse).
  • It’s portable (we bring it on vacations).
  • It makes a killer cup of coffee.
Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks
Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks

The type of coffee to use in this Aeropress recipe

The Aeropress works great for any roast of coffee. If you’re looking for espresso, you can certainly use a dark roast. However, we have fallen in love with light roast craft coffee. If you’re in Indianapolis, our favorite roaster is just down the street (Blue Mind Roasting). We love single origin craft coffees since as Ethiopian, Peruvian or Costa Rican.

An Aeropress is pretty forgiving as far as the size of the coffee grind, but we recommend grinding the beans to a medium fine grind. We love our Bodum Burr Grinder for a consistent grind every time.

Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks
Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks

Our Aeropress recipe

Since we’ve had so many requests for tutorials on how to use an Aeropress, we decided to share all our secrets! Our favorite Aeropress recipe is below. Try it out, then remember you can (and should!) customize the method to your own liking. Try playing with variables like more or less coffee, stirring and not stirring, and so forth until you come up with a method that you love.

Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks

Listen to how to use an Aeropress

To compliment this recipe, we’ve also demonstrated how to make Aeropress coffee on the air in our podcast! Check out the podcast episode “For coffee lovers only” for more. We’d love to hear what you think, and what kind of success you’ve had with any type of brewing method. Let us know in the comments below!

Where to buy an Aeropress

We bought our Aeropress online, but you might also find them at a local coffee show! You can order an Aeropress here (affiliate link).

Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks

Looking for more coffee methods?

Outside of how to use an Aeropress coffee maker, we’ve got a series on how to make coffee using all sorts of gadgets!

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Our Aeropress Recipe: How to Use an Aeropress


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

Want to brew craft coffee at home? Here’s our Aeropress recipe: it’s a quick and easy way to make a killer cup of coffee.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 18 grams or about 3 tablespoons coffee beans
  • Water (preferably filtered)
  • Coffee grinder
  • Aeropress
  • Filter

Instructions

  1. In an electric teapot, heat water to 195°F.
  2. Grind 3 tablespoons coffee beans to a medium fine grind.
  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, then place it on top of an empty mug.
  5. When the water is ready, pour a little bit onto the coffee grounds until grounds are wet. Wait about 30 seconds for coffee to bloom.
  6. Pour water into the Aeropress, up to line 3 1/2. Using the provided stir stick, stir about 20 times. Don’t worry if coffee level drops slightly.
  7. Insert the plunger into the top of the Aeropress. Gently press down (avoid the urge to force). Wait 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Enjoy your perfect up of coffee!
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Aeropress
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Aeropress recipe, How to use an Aeropress

Aeropress Recipe: Brewing Craft Coffee | A Couple Cooks
Aeropress Recipe for Brewing Craft Coffee at Home | A Couple Cooks
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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.

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Jill
    April 13, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Aeropress is definitely the way to go for me. Best flavor, easiest method and you can buy individual parts for the darn thing! We’ve had ours for nearly five years. Add to that we got a peet’s coffee subscription so it’s always fesh and super tasty.

  • Reply
    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    April 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I love my Aeropress! I used to prefer my French Press, but I’ve converted!!

  • Reply
    Laura F.
    April 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    We use a French press, but I would love to try an aero press! My favorite coffee experience is more about the person than the coffee. My grandpa, a very short man, loved to ask me why I didn’t drink coffee and I would tell him because it stunts your growth. He thought that was so funny! He would love to know it’s a MUST for me now! Thankfully, I am done growing ;)

    • Reply
      Lisa
      May 18, 2020 at 10:43 am

      I just had to tell you as I sit here in quarantine reading this article I got down to comments and read yours and it made me laugh. Your relationship with your grandpa sounds adorable. Thanks for the belly laugh and I am glad you are done growing so you can enjoy your coffee now. Go get you a aeropress you will not regret it. I got lucky and found mine on clearance for $8.00 at tjmaxx can you believe it! But it is worth the 20 you usually pay for it.

      • Reply
        Laura
        May 19, 2020 at 9:15 am

        Ha! I had forgotten I even commented on this post. Thanks for your kind words. I still don’t have an aeropress, but this may have prompted me to check them out again. Hang in there during these crazy times!

  • Reply
    Anna (64ColorBox)
    April 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    We’ve been using an Aeropress for a couple years now. My husband learned that if you want your coffee to ‘brew’ a little longer, assemble the press upside-down (stick the plunger in the top and flip), add grounds then water, let sit for desired time. When ready, twist on the cap with filter, flip onto cup and press.

  • Reply
    Kari
    April 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    What a fun press!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Reply
    Celeste | The Whole Serving
    April 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I have an Aeropress and I love it. Makes a great cup of coffee.

  • Reply
    Monique
    April 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Mmmm……coffee! I really enjoy starting out the day with a cup of coffee! The warmth, the comfort and the zip to get going! I really enjoyed listening to your podcast about coffee! The descriptions of the different blends was interesting, as well as hearing about the Aeropress!

  • Reply
    Lidiya Zubkov
    April 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve never even owned any coffee machine as much of a coffee lover I am. But the coffee experience I’ve ever had was in travelers rest sc at the tandem creperie and coffee house.

  • Reply
    Carole
    May 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    We LOVE our Aeropress.

    We had heard about them, but never had coffee from, or used one ourselves, until a couple of years ago. When our third espresso machine gave it up (no fault of our own), we decided that enough was enough. We weren’t prepared to buy another machine, certainly not the low-mid-range priced that we had been, and we weren’t ready to shell out serious bucks. We were skittish.

    A local coffee house that sells the Aeropress offered to make us a cup of coffee. We tried it. The coffee was so smooth and easy to drink. We bought the press on the spot. I haven’t used my French Press since.

    We now also own a Keurig, but we still use the Aeropress. It’s a no fail. ;)

  • Reply
    Susanna
    May 13, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Aeropress is great but requires more coffee than comparable methods, so it is a bit more costly over time.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    May 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

    What methods could you tell me I am exploring ways.

  • Reply
    James Hyslop
    June 1, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Hey, helpful article. Yes the Aeropress has been my favourite brewing method for a while. One hack that I have found helpful is to use two paper filters instead of one. It just makes the coffee even nicer and incredibly smooth.

  • Reply
    Greg
    July 23, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I just got a Bodum grinder to go with my Aeropress. Where on the dial did you set your device to get the grind you described?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      July 23, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Hi! We do a notch finer than medium.

  • Reply
    Greg
    July 23, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Amy Gerber
    October 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Am i missing a step …. do you then dilute with water, or drink it this strong???

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      October 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      We don’t dilute it any, but if you have a bit more fine grind on your coffee it might be coming out stronger.

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