The Best Aeropress Coffee You’ll Ever Make

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The Aeropress doesn’t look like a piece of coffee making kit. In fact, to say that it’s seen by some as the very best coffee maker in the world could sound crazy. The man who invented it also invented the Aerobie frisbee, for crying out loud! But the coffee you can produce with it speaks for itself: rich, tasty, complex, everything you want from good coffee. Here’s how to use it.

(We’re going to do the inverted method)

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Things you’ll need:
– Aeropress Scoop
– Aeropress Paddle
– Aeropress Filter
– Kettle
– Timer (set at 1 minute)
– Delicious Pact Coffee

Let’s do this!

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Combine the plunger and the tube parts, with the rubber coming up to the (4) on the tube. Stand the whole thing up with the open end facing up. Put one Aeropress Scoop of coffee in, or about 16g.

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Get your timer ready. Add water that has been off the boil for about a minute right up to the top of the tube. Use the Aeropress paddle to stir 5 times. Start your timer for 1 minute and let your coffee extract.


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Aeropress Brew Guide George-23While you wait, get your filter ready. Put it into the filter holder and pour some hot water through it, minding your fingers if you’re holding it.

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As you come up to the minute mark, screw on the filter holder with the wet filter, place your mug upside-down on top of the Aeropress and flip the whole thing over. The mug should now be on the bottom.

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Immediately start pressing down. You should be done in about 30 seconds. Once you’re all the way down and you’ve heard the hissing, use your thumbs to push the plunger up bit to create a vacuum. This will stop it dripping and making a mess.

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Finally, discard the puck of coffee from the Aeropress, give the rubber plunger a quick rinse and you’re ready to enjoy some delicious, sciencey Aeropress Coffee!

These instructions are just guidelines and there many ways of modifying the coffee you can get out of an Aeropress. Tweet us @PactCoffee with your questions and we’ll happily help you on your journey to better coffee.

18 thoughts on “The Best Aeropress Coffee You’ll Ever Make

  1. It’s upside down! The way I was instructed was to:
    1. Place the filter paper into the filter and screw the filter onto the tube
    2. Measure out a scoop of coffee (per person) and drop into the tube on top of the attached filter
    3. Pour water
    4. Stir for 30 seconds
    5. Grab plunger and push down through the tube, so it starts hissing

    I’ll try this method too though! (I’ve made note to pull the plunger up after to stop it dripping.)
    Thanks for the tips – keep them coming!

  2. Hey Petronella, you’re right! It is upside down and this is known as the ‘inverted method’. Do give it a whirl and see what you think.

  3. I find the inverted method a bit of a faff, but I do prefer it to the traditional method that often results in drip through. So, I developed my own method…
    Prepare the aeropress in the traditional way, attach the filter (I use an after market steel gauze one to reduce waste) put in a scoop of coffee, place over a mug and add the water, slowly to begin, then up to the brim. Then I attach the plunger but push it in as little as possible. This creates a vacuum and stops the drip through and allows the coffee to brew. Then simply push the plunger until you hear the hiss.
    If I’m making two mugs, I add another scoop, let it drip through a bit, top up with more water and transfer it quickly to the other mug, let it drip again, top up again with more water, then put in the plunger as before. Then transferring mugs half way through the pressing.
    I’m going to buy a bodum coffee syphon for making larger batches, any tips?

    1. Hey Paul! You’ve been experimenting, brilliant! Will have to give that technique a go. We don’t have any brew guides on syphon I’m afraid, but check out, where you fill find some.

    2. I think Paul is describing what I do as well. I pour in the water (not inverted), stir then I put the plunger in at a slight angle to stop it building up pressure and straighten it and pull up slightly to cause a vacuum so no water goes through until I start pushing 60 seconds later.

  4. Your not meant to push the plunger until you hear a hiss. If you push it that far it can make your coffee bitter.

    1. I think you have misunderstood Sandy. The recommendation from Aeropress is to *stop* when you hear the hissing, as recommended here. It is pushing all the way down to the puck that causes the bitterness.

  5. Thanks for this post. It is really nice. After reading this post, I gained some knowledge about aeropress coffee maker. Before, I have no idea about this. I have only Drip coffee maker. it is also good and very easy to handle.

    1. That’s great to hear, Jarita!

      Glad we could be a help! The Aeropress is really great for brewing a quick coffee and is superb at highlighting the flavours in a fruity coffee! If you have any questions about it, feel free to get in touch.

  6. Do an Internet search for aero press world championships , yes there really is one . For more tips some of the winners have gone really scientific it’s fascinating reading.
    If you like milky coffees you can even use boiled milk in the aero press instead of water.
    Always wash your paper filters first and I prefer to stop before you get the hiss too but as the article says there are many methods.

  7. Will have to try the milk theory. I find a full scoop and up to 4 ‘overfills’ the cup but i guess it all depends on tastes etc. I use 4 and full scoop in athermos mug for in the car and top it up with hot water and milk.
    it is much quicker than any other “proper” coffee method Ive found for the one coffee drinker in the house.

    1. You’re right, Andy! We’re big fans of the aeropress here in the office. At first glance it can seem a little intimidating but I’d definitely agree it’s the quickest and easiest way to brew a cup of fresh coffee!

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  9. Try using (cold) vodka, instead of water….
    Half full – one scoop – should give you an idea, but as they say, the possibilities are endless 🙂
    Works a dream, for a great tasting liquer.

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