How I Make Coffee

I’ve been using an AeroPress almost exclusively to make my coffee for the last few months. It makes the cleanest, best-tasting coffee I have ever enjoyed.



Here is a look at the process by which I make my favorite cup of coffee.



The Grind



I usually grind my own coffee. In this case I’m using 1/3 Starbucks Three Region Blend and 2/3 San Francisco Bay Coffee’s Fog Chaser Blend. I use a medium grind.



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Into The Press



The ground coffee goes into the AeroPress. I use a modified inverted method[1] with my AeroPress. I then use our Keurig to make a pint of hot water. I use the highest heat on the brewer, 192°F.



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Brewing



I pour enough hot water into the press to cover the grounds well. I don’t worry too much about how much water—just use enough to adequately cover the coffee and get them good and soaked. Then I pour a small amount of water over the filter—already in the filter holder (on the edge of the sink in the photo below)—to wet it. That just makes the filtering a little bit easier.



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Brewing, continued



Using the stirring paddle that came with the AeroPress I gently stir the grounds and the water until I have a nice, smooth mixture—usually around 10–15 seconds. You can see that as air, water, and grounds mix you get a nice, creamy look to the mixture.



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Filtering



Attach the filter holder—with filter, of course—and flip the AeroPress over onto the mug. Start pressing… A couple of notes:




  1. You definitely want to have a sturdy mug. You’re going to be pressing down hard on this thing.


  2. Give the press a second or two to ‘settle’ before you start pressing. The coffee-slurry will settle down on the filter and the air will rise to the top near the plunger. This is what gives the AeroPress its magic. The air pressure will press all that clean, coffee flavor through the filter.


  3. You want to press slowly and steadily. Pushing too fast or getting ‘off-center’ could make the press slip off the mug. Then you’ve got a right mess on your hands.




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Finish and Enjoy



After you’ve got all of that delicious goodness in the mug, remove the press and pour the rest of the hot water into the mug. You’ve got a nice, hot pint of coffee.



Essentially, you’ve made yourself an Americano rather than a traditional cup of filter coffee. This is what you get in Europe when you ask for plain coffee. And trust me, it is much better.



The AeroPress is super-easy to clean up, too. Just remove the filter holder, pop the filter and grounds out into the trash (or compost) with the plunger and rinse the press and filter holder off. Done and done.



Enjoy your coffee.



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  1. It’s not all that complicated. It is just easier than the directions that come with the Aeropress. Basically I flip it over and use the plunger to hold the grounds in the press rather than using the filter. That way water/coffee doesn’t come through the filter before I’m ready for it to.

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