The Aeropress is a tremendous way to brew coffee. Originally designed and marketed as a means of producing espresso, it has become a popular way to produce a cup of traditional brewed coffee. It combines the benefits of full immersion brewing with the clarity and flavor characteristics of coffee brewed through a paper filter. The Aeropress is also small, lightweight, and compact, making it our go-to for backpacking, camping, and traveling.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1. An Aeropress
2. Burr Grinder
5. Coffee Mug
6. Stir Stick (or a spoon, butter knife… whatever works for you)
7. Filtered Water
8. Your favorite Casa Brasil Coffee
Buy a refillable jug of filtered water from a nearby grocery store: Unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with amazing tap water (Mt. Shasta, for example), you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the noticeably better quality of your coffee using good quality filtered water. Avoid distilled water; its complete lack of mineral content results in an inferior cup.
We’re fans of using a scale to make coffee; it allows us to consistently achieve a proper brew ratio. If you don’t have a scale, don’t stress: we’ve listed the measurements by volume, too. Look at the end of this post to find measurements by weight and volume.
1. Place the plunger of the Aeropress in the bottom of the chamber so that the rubber portion of the plunger forms a seal at the bottom. Stand the Aeropress upside down so the plunger portion acts as a base.
2. Place the filter in the cap, and pre-wet it with hot water.
3. Pour 16g of fresh ground coffee into the Aeropress chamber.
4. Start a timer or note the time on a clock.
5. Pour 150g of water onto the ground coffee. Be sure to saturate all of the coffee as your pour.
6. At 1:00, stir the slurry.
7. At 2:30, add the remaining 100g of water and stir again.
8. Place the cap/filter on the Aeropress and lock it. Remove any air in the chamber by pushing the top chamber of the Aeropress down until a small amount of coffee begins to show through the filter.
9. At 3:00, flip the Aeropress to the top of a mug and being pressing slowly. Your final brew time should be around 3:30. If it’s too difficult (or too easy) to press, adjust the grind accordingly.