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August 25, 2021

Basic Aeropress Recipe

The Aeropress was invented by the guy also famous for inventing the Aerobie frisbee. And while its plastic body doesn't carry timelessness of, say, enamel kettles or moka pots, the aeropress is capable of making seriously good coffee, with precision, in a short amount of time.

There are infinite variations of recipes one can play with when using an aeropress—just check out all the recipes from past world aeropress championships (yes, it's a thing! Casey even competed in the US Aeropress Champsionship in 2018!). 

The key takeaway is that there's no one "right" way to make an aeropress. You can play with so many variables... your grind setting, how much coffee you put in, how much water you add, how long to bloom (or not to bloom), whether you make it "upright" or "inverted" style, how hot your water is, how long you steep, how long you plunge... 

The combinations are endless.

But don't be overwhelmed! We've made this how-to video to start you off with a nice, basic recipe to get going. Give it a shot, and have fun playing with the variables of time, grind, and water temperature:

The approach Casey uses in this video is to "bloom" the coffee, plunge the bloom, then add more water before finishing. Here's the step-by-step:

    1. Boil water and let sit for a minute (if you have a programmable electric kettle, set it to 195°F, for starters!)
    2. Insert filter into "basket," screw onto bottom of the aeropress, and wet with heated water. Plunge water out and discard.
    3. Grind 1 aeropress scoop of whole beans on a medium-fine grind setting (12 on the Baratza Encore)
    4. Bloom your coffee by pouring hot water to onto ground coffee up to the "1" on the aeropress, ensuring you get all the grounds wet
    5. Wait 30 seconds, the plunge the "bloomed" coffee into your glass/cup until you hear a hissing sound
    6. Now, fill up the aeropress again to the "3"
    7. Give it a stir — not shown in video ;) 
    8. Plunge the coffee after about a minute (you can play with this and plunge after 30 seconds, 45 seconds, etc.)
    9. Stop once you hear a hissing sound
    10. Enjoy your coffee!

Let us know how you like it!

Video by Don Arangio.

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