Aeropress Espresso Maker:
How to use and why you should own one
One of my favorite ways to brew coffee is with an AeroPress. The AeroPress is a unique coffee press. It is simple and quick to use and results in amazingly delicious coffee! Espresso extracted from an AeroPress coffee maker is about as close as you can get to a real shot of espresso without the fancy espresso machine AND it is so simple to use and clean up. Some will say that the AeroPress espresso is not real espresso, but I can tell it tastes better than many badly trained baristas may serve.
Here are 10 great reasons to own an AeroPress Espresso Maker:
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Great for traveling (hotel, camping, dorm room)
- Inexpensive – less than $30 for a taste of a $1,000 plus machine
- Makes an excellent cup of coffee
- Makes and excellent cup of Red Espresso
- Makes an excellent cup of Brewed Cocoa
We used an AeroPress in my coffee shop to make a single-serve Americano coffee. Customers who wanted a fresh brew would often request an AeroPress espresso brewed coffee.
It was really nice to have a few AeroPresses on hand when the espresso machine broke down!
When I was first introduced to the AeroPress they were hard to find. I ordered them directly from the manufacture. Now I see them everywhere: Target, Amazon and many local coffee shops. Check the AeroPress page to see where you can purchase one locally.
What you need to get started:
- Filtered Water
- Whole coffee beans – ground fine
- AeroPress, scoop and paddle stirrer
- Sturdy 12 oz Mug
- A funnel is provide but I personally do not use it.
How to Use the AeroPress
- Bring water to almost boiling – about 175 degrees
- Measure out 2 full AeroPress scoops of ground coffee beans
- Place the paper filter in the cap, slightly wet the filter and screw it onto the chamber.
- Place the chamber on top of the mug
- Add 2 scoops of coffee to the chamber
- Pour hot water in chamber up to level 2 – using more water can result in a more bitter brew
- Using the flat stirrer, mix the coffee for 10 seconds
- Wet the plunger and place it into the chamber and begin to press -You will feel resistance – be patient and slowly press until the plunger is completely at the bottom. You will hear a final hiss once the plunger is fully depressed. It will take about 30 seconds. If you find the press is too easy or too hard, you may need to adjust the grind.
- Now fill the cup with hot water and stir
Enjoy your cafe Americano!