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How to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

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How to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Utica Coffee Roasting Company 1What is the AeroPress?

We feature many different types of brewing equipment in our cafes and online store, but one strange-looking plastic gadget you may have never seen or used before is the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker.

Coined by some as the “Poor Man’s Espresso Maker,” the AeroPress was invented back in 2005 by Stanford lecturer and physicist Alan Adler, but grew in popularity over the last five years for its ability to make a great cup of coffee fast—we’re talking under 60 seconds. It’s a lot lighter, cheaper, and less fussy than clunky espresso machines. And cleanup is just as quick, too.

There’s a reason why the AeroPress is loved by coffee snobs and broke college students alike. The AeroPress brews coffee under three ideal conditions: proper temperature, total immersion, and rapid filtering. The result is a delicious cup of coffee that highlights the flavor nuances of the bean without bitterness and with very low acidity.

What's in the package?

Looking at the plastic tube and all the odd-looking accessories, the AeroPress may seem a little confusing for first-time users, but fear not, it’s actually quite simple.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Parts

Your AeroPress comes in eight parts that are numbered above.

  1. Plunger- the actual "press" part of the AeroPress
  2. Chamber- where coffee steeps and brews
  3. Seal- fits on the end of the plunger, creating an airproof seal, which holds the air pressure set to optimally brew the coffee
  4. Filter Cap- holds the filter and fits on the end of the plunger
  5. Funnel- fits atop of chamber for pouring coffee grounds neatly into it
  6. Filter Holder- holds stock of filters
  7. Scoop- coffee scoop measurer
  8. Stirrer- a paddle for stirring coffee in the chamber

Now, you may be concerned over the safety of using a plastic apparatus to brew your coffee, but feat not! The chamber and plunger are made out of durable polypropylene. The rubber like seal on the end of the plunger is made of a thermoplastic elastomer. Both materials are FDA approved for use in contact with food. Neither of the materials contain bisphenol-A (BPA) or any phthalates.

Filters

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The last item you need are filters.

The great thing about AeroPress filters is that they are reusable for multiple uses. All you have to do is brush them off after use under running water. Your AeroPress comes with some filters, though it’s always best to stock up. We conveniently sell AeroPress filters on our website.

What's Important?

Water Temperature: The ideal water temperature for brewing in your AeroPress is between 75° to 80°C (165° and 175°F), though a lower water temperature can be used to make a smoother brew.

Roast: All roasts types work well with the AeroPress. However, it is recommended to choose a roast that is a little lighter than what you would normally drink. We recommend a full-bodied yet smooth coffee like our Colombia Organic or Our Blend.

Grind: AeroPress recommends a medium to fine drip grind, as it’s easy to push and yields a rich flavor. Fresh-ground beans are always recommended, but not necessary.

Ratio: The chamber is marked 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the number of scoops of coffee, which corresponds to the number of servings. 
Depending on how many scoops you use, just fill the chamber with hot water to the corresponding number.

Brewing Technique: There are two ways you can brew coffee with your AeroPress. The original method is the traditional way of using your AeroPress. The inverted method is a slight variation that lets the coffee steep for an extra minute in the chamber, resulting in a more robust, strong coffee with greater flavor extraction.

The Traditional Method

How to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Utica Coffee RoastersHow to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Utica Coffee Roasters

  1. Heat your water to 165° -175°F.
  2. Remove the plunger and cap from the chamber.
  3. Lightly wet a paper filter and place it inside the cap. Twist the cap onto the chamber.
  4. Stand the chamber on a sturdy cup or mug and put your coffee into the chamber. Shake the chamber to level the coffee.
  5. Add your hot water to the chamber.
  6. Stir for 10 seconds with the stirrer.
  7. Insert plunger and press for 20-60 seconds. The slower you press, the richer your brew will be.

The Inverted Method

How to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Utica Coffee Roasters How to Use the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Utica Coffee Roasters

  1. Heat your water to 165° - 175°F.
  2. Assemble the AeroPress by putting the plunger in the chamber. Flip upside-down but don't put the cap or filter on.
  3. Pour the ground coffee into the chamber.
  4. Add your hot water to the chamber.
  5. Stir for 10 seconds with the stirrer.
  6. Steep for 1 minute.
  7. Lightly wet a paper filter and place it inside the cap. Twist the cap onto the chamber.
  8. Carefully flip the AeroPress over and place atop a sturdy cup or mug.
  9. Press for 20-60 seconds.

The Coffee

The AeroPress produces a concentrated cup of coffee. If desired, add enough hot water to your cup for a total of 8 ounces for an American Coffee, or steamed milk to make a latte or cappuccino.

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Cleanup

Cleanup for both methods is quick and easy. Simply remove the cap, hold the AeroPress over a wastebasket, and press the plunger to eject the spent grounds. Rinse under water or wipe with a damp cloth to remove coffee oils.

The Run-Down

The AeroPress is an easy-to-use, high-quality coffee maker for those on a budget. It’s rapid, total immersion brewing process makes delicious full flavored coffee without bitterness, the microfiltering means no grit in your cup (unlike a French press), and best of all, it’s made in the U.S.A. The AeroPress coffee maker is great for home use, but is also lightweight, compact, and durable enough for use when camping, backpacking, or traveling. There’s a reason why “It’s the best coffee maker I’ve ever owned!” is emblazoned on the side of every box.

Pick yours up today in one of our cafes or on our online store. And don't forget to stock up on filters, too!


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