How to use an Aeropress

What it is and why we love it

The Aeropress is the ultimate in go-anywhere, no-fuss filter coffee.

A timeless addition  to the brewing scene, the Aeropress was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler (the engineer who invented the Aerobie frisbee)! It consists of two lightweight cylinders and a filter.

This brewer produces a clean and full-bodied cup of coffee. It’s affordable, quick and convenient to use and clean. It is lightweight and compact so it’s perfect for travelling, work or camping.


Ratio 1:16 = 15g coffee : 240g water        
Brew time 1:30

What you need

  • Aeropress brewer (comes with filter papers and a stirrer).
  • Fresh filter coffee (medium to fine grind – think a bit coarser than espresso).
  • 92°C water (you can do this by letting a freshly boiled kettle sit for about 1 minute).
  • Your favourite cup.
  • Scales.
  • Kettle.


    1. Place the filter paper into the filter cap, rinse and leave aside.
    2. Place the plunger just inside the brew chamber then turn the Aeropress upside down.
    3. Add 15g of ground coffee to the Aeropress.
    4. Pour 240g of water into the Aeropress over 30 seconds.
    5. Gently stir twice and allow to brew for another 30 seconds.
    6. Place filter and cap onto the Aeropress, flip over onto a mug and plunge for 30 seconds.
    7. Sip and enjoy.


      •  If you’re pressing down with a lot of force and nothing is happening, you’ve probably ground the coffee too fine. Next time coarsen it up a little. If you find there’s no resistance at all, you’ve gone a little too coarse. With some repetition and time, you’ll find the grind size sweet spot. 
      • Use filtered water if you can, it is cleaner and tastes better.
      • When you buy an Aeropress, it comes with a pack of 350 paper filters which last for a long time. When you run out however, you can buy a reusable stainless-steel filter.  


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