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AeroPress Inverted Method (Recipe, Expert Tips & Pictures)

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The AeroPress brewer is famous for a few reasons: it is highly portable and wallet-friendly while producing pretty amazing coffee. But probably its biggest claim to fame is the many, many brewing methods you can use. There’s even an annual AeroPress brewing contest featuring unique recipes and styles!

The AeroPress inverted brewing method is a great way to branch out from the original method. Once you’ve mastered the basics of AeroPress brewing, you can try flipping your brewer upside down! You may discover your new favorite method:

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Upside down AeroPress brewing

AeroPress Inverted Method

There are so many ways to brew using an AeroPress, but this is one of our favorites. Flip your AeroPress upside down for more consistent extraction and control over your steeping time! Here’s the simple inverted AeroPress brewing method.
5 stars from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Brew Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 2 kcal


  • AeroPress
  • AeroPress paper filters
  • Sturdy coffee mug
  • Spoon
  • Timer and scale (optional)



  • Rinse the filter. Place the paper filter into the filter cap and pour water through it.
  • Push the plunger into the main body of the brewer. Stand the AeroPress on the plunger, leaving the main body open on top.
  • Add coffee grounds to the brewer. You’ll want to use a medium-fine grind size and one rounded scoop (about 15 grams) for every 7 ounces of water.
  • Boil your filtered water.
  • Pour a small amount of water over the grounds. Let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the rest of the water and give the mixture a good stir. Then let the coffee steep for 3 minutes.
  • Attach the cap with the paper filter and flip the brewer over onto your coffee mug. Then push the plunger until all of the coffee comes out. Enjoy your inverted AeroPress brew!


Calories: 2kcal
Keyword AeroPress inverted

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AeroPress Inverted Method Brewing Tips

Inverting your AeroPress gives you more control over your coffee steeping time. None of the coffee will go through into your brewer before you’re ready, resulting in a more consistent extraction. That means smooth, never-bitter flavor! Here are our tips for using the inverted AeroPress brewing method:

What’s the Best Coffee to Water Ratio?

AeroPress brewers typically use a 1:13 coffee-to-water ratio. That means if you are brewing an 8-ounce cup of coffee, you’ll need 0.6 ounces (17 grams) of ground coffee. But taste is subjective, so if you try this and find the coffee too strong, try adding a little less coffee or a little more water.

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Freshly brewed AeroPress coffee

What About Coffee Type & Grind Size?

Part of the AeroPress’s versatility is that you can use all kinds of coffee beans. From complex light roasts to espresso roasts, this brewer can bring out the best flavors. We like to use a good dark roast, like Lifeboost’s tasty low-acid beans, and grind them to about the texture of rough sand.

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Coffee Grind Size Chart (How Fine to Grind)

dark roasted robusta coffee beans
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…And Brew Time?

How long should you let AeroPress coffee steep? The typical range is two to three minutes, depending on your grind size and how you like your coffee. If you’re using finer coffee, cut the brew time down to keep from over-extracting. And if you’re using a slightly coarser grind size, try letting your coffee steep a little longer.

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Final Thoughts

The AeroPress is one of the most versatile coffee brewers, which makes it perfect for experimenting with new methods. Try the inverted AeroPress brewing method for rich, consistent flavor! Your coffee will come out concentrated and delicious — every time.


Featured Image Credit: Nataly Landar, Shutterstock


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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