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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
- 18 grams or about 3 tablespoons coffee beans
- Water (preferably filtered)
- Coffee grinder
- In an electric teapot, heat water to 195°F.
- Grind 3 tablespoons coffee beans to a medium fine grind.
- 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.
- Pour the coffee grounds into the Aeropress, then place it on top of an empty mug.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Enjoy your perfect up of coffee!
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website 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.
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 food 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.