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Brewing coffee with an AeroPress is a simple and versatile brew method perfect for home use as well as during travel or camping adventures. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make a delicious cup of coffee using an AeroPress.

Brew Method: Immersion
Grind Setting: Medium
Estimated Time: 2 min


Step 1: Gather Your Materials
AeroPress: Assemble the AeroPress by placing the plunger inside the chamber, ensuring the rubber seal is secure.

Coffee Beans: Choose high-quality coffee beans and grind them to a medium-coarse consistency, similar to table salt.

Hot Water: Heat water to around 90°C to 93°C for medium to dark roasts and slightly a higher temperature for lighter roasts, 93°C to 96°C.

Timer: Have a timer to keep track of brewing time.

Stirring Utensil: Use a long spoon or the AeroPress stirrer to mix the coffee.

Step 2: Prepare the AeroPress
Place a paper or metal filter inside the cap and screw it onto the bottom of the AeroPress. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any paper taste and warm up the equipment.

Step 3: Add Coffee Grounds
Stand the AeroPress on a sturdy mug or carafe, with the plunger pulled out. Add the coffee grounds into the chamber – use 1 to 2 scoops, depending on your preference. While the typical ratio for many techniques hovers around 1:16 (1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water), the AeroPress sets its own bold tone – the original AeroPress formula advocates for a robust 1:6!. The perfect ratio will be decided by you and you should experiment as much as you need to find the intensity that suits your palate.

Step 4: Bloom and Add Water
Start your timer and pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds, enough to saturate them. Allow it to bloom for about 15 to 30 seconds.

Gradually pour the remaining hot water, using a circular motion, until the chamber is almost full. Leave a little space at the top to prevent spillage when inserting the plunger.

Step 5: Stir and Steep
Use the stirring utensil to gently stir the coffee-water mixture for a few seconds, ensuring even saturation.

Insert the plunger into the chamber and apply gentle pressure to create a vacuum seal.

Step 6: Press
Press down the plunger steadily and consistently for about 20 to 30 seconds. Aim for a slow and controlled plunge.

Step 7: Serve
Once you hear a hissing sound, indicating that the extraction is complete, stop pressing. You should have a concentrated coffee.

Dilute the coffee with hot water or heated milk if desired.

Step 8: Clean Up

Eject the used coffee grounds and filter into a compost bin or trash can.

Rinse the AeroPress components with water and ensure they’re thoroughly cleaned and dried before storing.

Now, you have a flavorful cup of coffee brewed using an AeroPress, ready to enjoy on its own or as the base for various coffee beverages.

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