Mike Micallef

AeroPress: Inverted Method

Similar to the French Press, this AeroPress method is a full immersion method. This style of brewing has a richer taste than methods where coffee passes through filters immediately. The Aeropress method is a great brew option for any one who needs to make a single cup of coffee. It's a great tool to use if you are a minimalist, don't have a lot of counter space, camper, hiker or just bored of your office coffee!

Coffee Grind: Fine

Roast types: All Roast Types

Time to Brew: ~4 minutes

Pros: The AeroPress produces a great brew. It's easy to brew and easy to clean. Has a low environmental impact as it only uses a small filter.

Cons: The AeroPress can only brew one cup a coffee at a time. 

How To Use:

Items you will need:

AeroPress AeroPress Funnel
AeroPress Filters Kettle
Grinder Digital Scale
Timer Stirring tool
Coffee cup or other vessel

Step 1

You will want to bring 7oz of water to a boil using your kettle. In the meantime, weigh out about 15-18 grams of coffee using your scale. Of course, this depends on your preferred strength of coffee.

Remember to grind your beans to a texture slightly finer than sea salt. Use the picture above as a reference.

Step 2

Place a paper filter into the cap. Pour a small amount of your hot water on the paper filter and cap. This will help your filter stay in place.

Hold the sides of the cap and slowly pour the hot water. Use caution while pouring the hot water.

 Step 3

Place the AeroPress on the scale with the flared end up (upside-down). Add your coffee making sure you do not spill any.

It's possible to attach the cap and place the AeroPress right side-up.This method makes accurate brewing difficult as their tends to be leakage. 

Step 4

Your water should be about 200 degrees F.  Add twice the weight of water than you have grounds. For example, 18 grams coffee you will need to add 36 grams water.

Make sure the coffee is saturated evenly, tamping slightly with the paddle or butter knife if necessary, Start a timer and let it sit for 30 seconds.

Step 5

After 30 seconds use the remainder of the hot water to fill the chamber.

Start a timer for 1 minute then stir the grounds to agitate.

Step 6

Tighten the black cap with the filter onto the AeroPress. Place the funnel (wide side down) over the cap. Depending on your cup or vessel the funnel might not be needed.

Flip the AeroPress over so that the funnel and/or cap is resting on top of your cup or vessel.

Step 7

Push down on the AeroPress. You will feel some resistance which is normal.  Your brewing is complete when you start to hear a hissing sound.

Some takeaways

Very hard to push:  Your grind is to fine

Very easy to push: Your grind is to coarse