My favorite AeroPress recipe?

I know. I owe you an explanation.

I have often referred to my favorite AeroPress recipe, but I’ve never given you a thorough explanation of how exactly I use the great plastic coffee maker. ”Inverted, paper filter” is hardly a proper description of my chosen recipe. It is high time I shed some light on the matter.

Before we get into it, however, I’ll admit that I didn’t invent the recipe myself. What follows is the Up Coffee Roasters (Minneapolis, MN) method I originally learned from the handground.com website. You can find it (and many other great recipes) here.

Recipe
  • Coffee: 17.5 grams
  • Grind Size: Setting 2 on Handground
  • Water: 230 grams at 195F
  • Water-to-Coffee Ratio: 13:1
  • Brew Time: 2:30
Method
  1. Pre Infuse with 50 gram of water for 40 seconds 
  2. Slowly pour water until brew reaches up to 150 grams of water 
  3. Stir at 1:15. Begin to pour again at 1:45 slowly until water reaches up to 230 grams 
  4. Stir at 2:15 Screw cap and invert Aeropress on to a heated carafe and press coffee out until you begin to hear the coffee fizzing. 
  5. Ideal end finish time 2:30.

I should add that I really like the AeroPress steel filter, for it retains all the natural oils of the coffee, thus giving me the Moka-like experience that I love so much. Recently, however, I’ve gravitated to using a paper filter, since it takes the edge off some of the harsher blends.

Furthermore, while it might be interesting to experiment with different recipes (and I probably will at some point), this is the one that works for me. Instead of trying to find the ”perfect” brewing method for each coffee, I’m interested in the coffee itself. Using the same AeroPress recipe for each filter coffee makes it easier for me to compare the coffees and figure out their characteristics. Therefore, if you see me writing something to the effect of ”I brewed this coffee in my AeroPress”, you can be sure that this is the method I used.

So, there you have it! Try it for yourself!