So, you want to brew like a pro? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will teach you how to craft delicious specialty coffee using the AeroPress. There are many ways to make great coffee, but the AeroPress stands out as one of the most versatile and effective brewing methods and is regularly featured in barista competitions.
The beauty of the AeroPress is its simplicity, but don’t let that fool you. AeroPress coffee can be nuanced and complex if you know how to coax the most out of it, and that’s precisely what we’re going to teach you in this article. We’re going to cover two specific methods that form the basis of most AeroPress recipes and also give you some general tips and tricks along the way. Let’s get started!
The Original Method
We should start with the original, intended method for brewing coffee with the AeroPress. This AeroPress recipe is probably the best to get started with. Before the AeroPress became popular and baristas started creating their own methods, this is the one everyone used. It’s simple, effective, and a great introduction to AeroPress.
This recipe makes a “fauxspresso” style coffee more akin to regular espresso than filter coffee.
What You’ll Need
This recipe makes one concentrated, espresso-like cup of coffee. You could drink it straight, add one equal part of water to make an Americano-like drink, or add milk to make an imitation latte. You can think of this drink as espresso and use it as a substitute in any recipe that calls for espresso.
The original recipe is good, but we actually like this recipe better. This recipe gets its name from the orientation of the AeroPress during the brew.
Rather than rest the AeroPress on top of a mug – as the original designer intended – some enterprising baristas decided to turn the recipe on its head, literally.
This method starts by inserting the plunger into the empty AeroPress and turning the device upside down, so it rests on the top of the plunger. Then you pour the coffee in and add water, treating the AeroPress like a mini French press. This coffee comes out bold and flavorful, like in a French press, with the added benefit of the paper filter and high pressure you can only get from an AeroPress.
What You’ll Need
Beware: flipping over an AeroPress full of boiling coffee is as dangerous as it sounds, and we’d be lying if we said we never made a tremendous mess with this method. It’s not overly difficult, but you can have a bad experience if you’re not careful.
We use the inverted method to make our morning cup of coffee fairly regularly and find we get more use out of it than the original recipe. If you’re a hardcore espresso fan, you might not like the original “fauxspresso” coffee much, but if you’re a drip coffee enthusiast or like French press coffee, the inverted method is definitely in your wheelhouse.
The AeroPress is one of the most versatile and forgiving brewing methods we’ve ever used. These two recipes are our two favorites, but there are literally hundreds of other recipes out there to try. You can draw inspiration from the Brewers Cup or World Aeropress Championship since these competitions showcase the best recipes of some of the greatest coffee minds in the world.
Whatever recipe you decide to try, make sure to pay attention to the grind size and coffee to water ratio. These are the most important details, and getting them right makes the difference between delicious, robust coffee and a bitter, sludgy mess. If you don’t have a scale or a grinder, we strongly encourage you to invest in both. Your coffee will thank you.
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