How To Make Aeropress Coffee (Two Ways!)

Makes 1 to 2 cups

What You Need


Whole coffee beans


Kettle, stovetop or electric
Aeropress, including scoop, funnel, and stirrer
Coffee grinder
Mug or small pitcher
Timer, optional

The Original Method

  1. Heat the water: Bring your water to a boil then let it cool for about 1 minute. (You're aiming for something in between 80°C and 90°C.)
  2. Grind the beans: Measure out 2 full AeroPress scoops of coffee beans (about 4 tablespoons) and grind until its between course and fine.
  3. Wet the filter: Assemble the AeroPress with a paper filter inside the cap and place on top of a mug or cup. Drizzle a little warm water in to wet the filter.
  4. Add the coffee: Place the funnel on top of the cup and pour in the coffee. Remove the funnel.
  5. Add the water: Pour in coffee until it comes up to the top line on the AeroPress.
  6. Stir: Use the paddle stirrer (or a spoon) to stir once, briefly.
  7. Press: Insert the plunger. Firmly press down the plunger until you hear a long hiss.
  8. Taste and dilute: Taste the coffee and if desired add more water. The AeroPress makes a concentrated cup of coffee and if desired you can split this amount between two cups and add a little more hot water.

The Upside-Down/Reverse Method

  1. Assemble the AeroPress upside-down: Heat the water and grind the coffee as described above. Assemble the AeroPress by putting plunger in the chamber. Flip upside-down but don't put the cap or filter on.
  2. Pour in the coffee: Put the funnel in. Pour the ground coffee (from 2 AeroPress scoops of beans) into the the chamber.
  3. Pour in the water: Add hot water until the chamber is almost full.
  4. Stir once: Use the paddle (or a spoon) to stir once.
  5. Steep for 1 minute: Try steeping for 1 minute, but adjust in future batches if this comes out too strong or too weak.
  6. Put on the cap: Place a paper filter in the cap and screw tightly onto the chamber.
  7. Flip over, carefully! Quickly and carefully flip the full AeroPress over so the cap is down, and place on a mug or pitcher.
  8. Press: Press as directed above.
  9. Taste and dilute: Again, taste and dilute if desired with more hot water.