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One of the delights of AeroPress is that you can isolate all of its variables and play with them furthermore. AeroPress coffee maker usage is portrayed as an increasingly unified way of doing coffee. Especially in the new age. Wherever you are, you are making coffee.

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In this blog, we have observed and gathered the complete AeroPress encyclopedia. Structured in-depth, this article supports your AeroPress overviewing experience. We’ll be starting with the coffee-making steps.

This is how you use the AeroPress:

  1. Push plunger out of the chamber.
  2. Put the filter in the filter cap.
  3. Twist filter cap onto chamber.
  4. Stand the chamber on the sturdy mug and put one rounded scoop of fine drip grind coffee in the chamber.
  5. Shake to level coffee.
  6. Add water up to Level 1 on the chamber. 175°F (80°C) water for hot brewing or tap water for cold brew.
  7. Stir about 10 seconds for hot brewing or 1 minute for cold brew.
  8. Insert plunger and press gently, pausing when you feel resistance until the plunger reaches grounds.
  9. Remove filter cap, push the plunger to eject used coffee and rinse seal.

What is an AeroPress?

AeroPress coffee maker review

What makes the AeroPress interesting and particularly desirable to homebrewers is that it’s kind of the antithesis of a pour-over. There’s not much in the way of special techniques, you don’t need a fancy kettle, you don’t need to pour in a certain way, because it’s relatively simple and people really love that.

AeroPress has a super high level of satisfaction. Once people use it a couple of times, they kind of fall in love with this process, especially if it’s their first single-cup coffee brewer. That, we find hugely compelling and really quite interesting.

aeropress coffee maker

If you’re unfamiliar with AeroPress, it would be a good idea to start talking about its composition first. The initial runs, for the first four years or so, were made from polycarbonate. And that became kind of a no-no in the 2000s as people became more concerned about BPA.

In August of 2009, AeroPress production switched to a copolyester. Now, AeroPress does say that they tested their early models and found no leaching of BPA into coffee, but I think people were concerned and they had really no choice, but to switch.

The design on the front here has changed a little bit over the years. The first design is kind of weird of the very first run where there are different-sized bubbles for the one, two, three, and four cups. It’s still not really clear what these different-sized bubbles mean but we find that design completely charming. It’s since shifted to the one, two, three, and four cup circles to give you an idea of roughly how much water to put in it. The roughness is a part of its charm.

In this brewer, there’s no need for extreme precision. At least not how it’s presented to you.

The modern version (the latest) has the graphic design in red colour in comparison to the older version which was in gold, or another one which was in blue to start with. If you’ve got one from the initial run, hold onto it. It’s nice to collect the coffee items’ heritage if you’re a collector and too into the coffee.

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What has made AeroPress so successful, selling millions of units around the world, is that you can brew with it in a host of different ways and a myriad of different ways. There are almost hundreds of possibilities.

brewing with aeropress

When the AeroPress inventor set out to make this coffee brewing method, he was actually trying to make a pour-over that you could accelerate by pressing the water through and skipping the drawdown phase. In doing so, he created a brewer that is a kind of hybrid of immersion and percolation. A brewer that lets you take all of the individual components of a brewing recipe, dose, amount of water, brew temperature, brew time, agitation, pressure, and play with them individually.

That has made it so incredibly compelling to people around the world. Plus, it’s relatively cheap, it’s lightweight, it travels very easily, and it’s almost impossible to break.

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The all-around compelling offer of this brewing method flows from its easy brewing process, from where you can brew high-quality coffee, however, coffee specialists think that it can also be a very difficult brewer to truly master.

AeroPress history

In comparison to all the other coffee brewers, when it comes to history, AeroPress is an unusual inclusion. It’s relatively young compared to all the other coffee makers we might look at. It was invented and released only in 2005, but it has come to be a global phenomenon. It’s everywhere around the world and it’s massively successful.

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The Aerobie Flying Ring

The man who invented AeroPress in 2005 was Alan Adler. Alan is a serial inventor and his passion really started with sailboats. He loved sailboats and he expressed his love for them by designing them. In order to design sailboats, Alan Adler first needed to understand aerodynamics. That led him all the way to inventing the Aerobie Flying Ring.

The Aerobie Flying Ring was released in 1985 and it’s still a classic today. We all probably have one at home and even if we don’t, we used to have one or at least used to experience seeing one or trying it out ourselves.

alan adler aerobie invention

Within a year of its release, it had made the Guinness Book of World Records for the furthest object thrown by human hand. At that time about 320 meters but since then it has gone to around 400 meters which is a very long way to throw something.

Alan Adler says that when he was first studying aerodynamics but then he applied his newly acquired knowledge of aerodynamics to designing things that you throw. The Aerobie fly’s level’s like an aeroplane and people who aren’t used to throwing the Aerobie, most often aim it up in the air. However, that’s not the way aeroplanes fly. They fly on a certain level, and that’s the same way the Aerobie flies as well.

alan adler and the aerobie flying ring

Alan thinks that the AeroPress coffee maker is quite new when it comes to general improving inventions, and how those inventions reflect on how humanity changes as well.

The AeroPress invention

The AeroPress came much later and it came out of Alan’s frustration with not being able to get a good single cup out of a small domestic coffee brewer. Probably you already know that those things were typically designed to brew maybe six to eight cups, and no matter what he did, he could not get a single serving out of one that tasted good.

Alan Adler’s frustration led to the invention of AeroPress. As we said, its release was in 2005 but it became really popular in 2008. The context behind this is really important from the wider specialty coffee industry, as James Hoffmann states. He says that there had been a company that’d created a machine called the Clover.

clover structure

This machine was very influential in the years 2006, 2007, because it encouraged cafes to brew different coffees by the cup. This made the coffee industry get excited about what seems normal now, like, offering a cup of a certain coffee from Brazil or a different cup of a certain coffee from Colombia, side-by-side on a menu.

Before this, the batch brew had really ruled and that was the kind of choice, but now cafes around the world are embracing brewing by the cup and offering a diverse menu of coffees.

In 2008, Clover was sold to Starbucks. And while the industry as a whole might’ve felt a little betrayed by this sale, they had found a love for single-cup brewing but no longer could use this machine. That’s why they began to look for other single-cup brewers. Around this time, brewers like the Hario V60 were exploding in popularity as well as the AeroPress.

brewing coffee with aeropress pro

Alan Adler says: “When you look at the coffee brewing process, it’s interesting seeing how that’s really a succession of shorter and shorter processes. 100 years ago people used to throw some grounds of coffee in the pot and boil it for as long as an hour. Around 1950, there was quite a leap forward in the coffee-making called the automatic drip machine. The automatic drip machine took about 5 minutes. The AeroPress cuts that 5 minutes down to about 1 minute.”.

AeroPress coffee-making suggestions | Recipes

Espresso style: Drink as is.

espresso made with aeropress

American coffee: Add water to fill an 8 oz. (237 ml) mug.

americano made with aeropress

Latte: Add milk to make an 8 oz. (237 ml) latte.

latte made with aeropress

Cold-brew: Add tap or ice water to make an 8 oz. (237 ml) glass of cold brew.

cold brew made with aeropress

AeroPress instructions

According to this coffee maker’s instructions, you can drink it as an espresso-style, though there is a lot of debate about whether it can really be called espresso style. You can obviously dilute your coffee to make an Americano-style drink or more like a drip-strength drink.

brewing with aeropress instructions

One thing we love about the instructions is that nowhere in it the funnel piece is actually mentioned. The funnel item has two main uses. This useful piece provides you to load your coffee into the top of the AeroPress or to brew your AeroPress stood on it, and press into a smaller cup if the base of the main item is too wide. You’d think it would be worth mentioning, but it’s not in the AeroPress instructions book.

aeropress coffee funnel

The numbers on the AeroPress show the number of coffee scoops and water that you will need to use, each scoop making one cup. AeroPress can be used as a guide to measuring out the water before heating it in a kettle.

AeroPress tips

The ideal AeroPress brew time, extraction, and temperature

The brew temperature used for this coffee maker’s method is different from what people usually recommend. 80°C is a lot lower than we would typically recommend brewing your coffee. Alan, the AeroPress inventor, truly believes this is key to getting great coffee out of AeroPress and he has fought tooth and nail for that since its inception.

aeropress brew time, temperature

Using the standard technique of brewing with 12 grams of coffee to 200 grams of water by pouring all of the water in one go, and using the plunger to create a little vacuum on top of the AeroPress, will assist us in holding the brewer as it steeps. After that, we can give it a stir at the end of the steep time, and we can gently press.

stirring with aeropress coffee

Having this brew time and extraction experiment with six different brew times will provide us with the knowledge of which of the methods is the most accurate to brew and tastes the best.

The six different brew times will be:

  • 30 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • 90 seconds
  • 120 seconds
  • 240 seconds
  • 480 seconds

The grind size for all of them will remain the same and then you’ll be able to experience how extraction is changed by immersion time. In the six brew cups, you’ll recognize that there’ll be a rapid increase in extraction early on beginning to flatten out towards the sixth cup, the final one.

From a taste perspective, the first cup will not really turn out nicely. It will not taste bad, but it’ll be no good either. The second cup will probably have a little bit more texture and body. The third and the fourth cup will start tasting much better than the first two. For this particular grind setting, you can hit a point of diminishing returns between two and four minutes.

aeropress chamber

As we get to two minutes, to four minutes, there will be a little bump in quality. It can taste a little bit sweeter. At eight minutes, it will taste slightly nicer but it won’t make such a big difference that’s why it won’t be a good return on our time investment.

One other way to shift and change your coffee extraction is with temperature. The appropriate way to change the temperature is with brew times, brew methods, and of course, grind size.

The adequate AeroPress grind size

For the adequate grind size and setting, we would recommend you to be looking at a two-minute brew. You might argue, “Now what about different grind settings?”, and that’s a good point.

If you look at the same experiment we mentioned previously above at the brew time section, or an experiment with a coarser grind, you’ll see that in the coarser grind, the sort the lower your maximum extraction is going to be because you have less surface area, the slower that extraction will be.

The coarse grind’s bean structure is like a rocky road. Fine grind size’s bean structure is really mellow and is used for making espresso with espresso machines. That’s why its mellow ground is like calc and it’s dialled in for the espresso machine specifically.

Coarse grind’s bean structure is mainly suited to get used on a French Press and the AeroPress Championships around the world use the coarser grind these days as well. The medium grind is obviously somewhere in the middle of coarse and fine, and its structure is like table or sea salt.

aeropress grind size types

Extraction’s real meaning is; coffee is a solution of water and coffee beans. This obviously means that the stronger the solution, the higher the extraction level will be. The coarse grind will produce a lighter and watery coffee because the coffee will have less area to dissolve on. The medium grind is a little darker and the fine grind even darker.

The coarse grind might appear as unextracted and you probably won’t be able to smell the flavours at all. The medium grind will rarely give your nose any flavour as well but while you’ll taste it, you’ll notice that its flavour in your mouth is indistinguishable.

The medium grind also has higher acidity than the coarse grind and its sweetness and fruity tones are absolutely mesmerizing for the taste. It’s more extracted than the coarse grind and it’s exactly what the light roasts need. The fine grind will firstly taste slightly bitter than the medium grind which makes the medium grind the best one so far.

aeropress grind sizes

An experiment to try with the brew time and the grind size is to use the medium grind and to lengthen its brew time. The medium grind is approximately the best one of all three grinds. The experiment to try is to have two minutes of total brew time.

After you rinse your paper filter and weigh out your coffee beans, you will have to tear the scale to how much coffee you’ll be deciding to use. For example, for 17 grams of coffee, you’ll be needed to use 200 millilitres of water. While you pour the water on the coffee, you’ll be needed to not pour over 10 seconds, otherwise, it will turn out very watery and less tasty.

adding water to aeropress

If you’re interested in this particular recipe, read the step-by-step points below down the “AeroPress recipes” section!

The best AeroPress filters

For deciding which filter of AeroPress is the best one according to your personal mouth flavour and general taste experience, you will need to know what are the specifics of the different filter options for AeroPress.

Able Disk Fine: reusable stainless steel filter for AeroPress

The Able Disk Fine is one of the best reusable metal coffee filters for the AeroPress coffee maker. It’s sturdily structured and it’s made of very high-quality stainless steel. Furthermore, its refined holes don’t let too much of the coffee grit pass through them.

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The coffee results of the Able Disk Fine is with less sediment when you compare it to the usage of the other metal disks, and at the same time, it frictions all the coffee oils into your coffee cup which results in your coffee having a more graphic texture for your visual sight.

The Able Disk Fine filter is made of perforated stainless steel which obviously means that it’s not a mesh filter. This fact makes it more valuable as it increases its durability, and it also makes it less likely to bend and become unusable in comparison to mesh filters. Therefore, if you prefer a fuller-textured cup of coffee, and you’re looking for a reusable AeroPress filter that will last long, consider purchasing the Able Disk Fine.

Cotton Cloth Filter Disk (Coffee Sock)

For those who prefer a richer, fuller-textured, yet clean cup of coffee with no sediment, the most closer alternative to the original AeroPress filters is the Coffee Sock filter disk. Just like Able Disk Fine, the Coffee Sock filter disk lets a lot of the oils pass through. The Coffee Sock is a cotton coffee filter that most usually keeps the fine pieces away from your cup.

coffee sock aeropress filters

The cotton of the Coffee Sock is a high-quality organic and reusable filter disk. It’s manufactured in the USA. This filter disk is a great pick for those who are always opting for the most environmental product.

In a Coffee Sock product, you will get 3 cloth filters in the box. If you don’t live in a place with high humidity, leaving the disk somewhere to dry after each would be the thing to take action on. The filter is pretty thinly small and it dries out very quickly. When it’s time to use it, take it out of your fridge, give it a rinse, and place it in the filter cap.

Aesir Filters: a thicker paper disk alternative to the original AeroPress filters

If you’re not a big fan of single-origin, fruity, or floral coffee beans, the Aesir filters are the most ideal pieces for you. The texture of your coffee will reflect these paper filters’ functions. They are thick filters and very easy to use. Same as the first two filter disks, Aesir paper disks let enough coffee oils pass through them.

aeropress filters

One of the most necessary aspects of using the Aesir paper disks is by applying more pressure when you’re brewing coffee with your AeroPress. Just like the AeroPress originals, these thick paper circles can be reused as well. Even though they are thicker, it’s easier to pour with Aesir filters instead of with the AeroPress ones.

Aesir filters create a very abundant and vibrant brew with a uniquely specific crispness. These virtues and values of the Aesir filters also reflect on their expensive price. In comparison to the original AeroPress filters, their price dominates the coffee market.

AeroPress recipes

Medium grind size recipe

grind size

  1. Add 17 grams of medium grind coffee.
  2. Use 200 millilitres of water.
  3. Maintain a temperature of 90°C or 194°F.
  4. Have 10 seconds of water pouring.
  5. Stir 20 times.
  6. Use a brewing time of two and a half minutes.

Cappuccino with AeroPress

cappuccino coffee made with aeropress

  1. Add 22 grams of your preferred coffee or 1 1/2 scoops & 1/4 cup for the fine grind size.
  2. 1 cup of milk for 1 full grind size.
  3. Add the 22 grams of fine-grind coffee and the 75 millilitres of water in.
  4. Maintain a temperature of 95°C.

Additional notes:

  • The water must be enough to cover the coffee grounds and it must stay just above the second (2) measurement of AeroPress
  • The AeroPress must brew out approximately 45 millilitres of coffee
  • You can use soy, cow, or oat’s milk
  • You can always try creating some latte art at the end (chocolate fixes everything)

Espresso roast with AeroPress

making espresso with aeropress

  1. Grind your beans to a fine setting.
  2. Setup your AeroPress and add the coffee ground.
  3. Tamp the coffee grounds and add another filter on top.
  4. Add hot water.
  5. Press your espresso.

For more AeroPress recipes, you can check this article out. The 10 types of recipes that are showcased in this article go by the names and brewing ways of:

  1. Standard method recipes
  2. Inverted method recipes
  3. Fruity coffee recipes
  4. Chocolaty, nutty, and low acid coffee recipes
  5. High coffee volume recipes
  6. Espresso-style recipes
  7. Iced coffee recipes
  8. Experimental recipes
  9. Championship-winning recipes
  10. Video recipes
Enjoy!

AeroPress vs. French Press

An AeroPress takes a finer ground than a French Press and it uses air pressure to extract flavour similar to the espresso. Also, it’s super simple to use. French Press is about the same thing as well.

With the French Press, you’ll only need to make sure to fill it up with coffee and water and pop your press on top, wait a little bit, and press down. Pretty easy and straightforward.

aeropress or french press?

The French Press has been around for centuries and it’s a coffee maker that relies on coffee immersion.

The AeroPress is more of modern innovation and is a coffee maker that relies on heat and pressure in order to give you a great cup of coffee. So, whereas the French Press relies on immersion, meaning that the coffee is going to sit, soak and steep, with the AeroPress you’re going to get some of the same things, but you’re also adding pressure in order to get your great cup of coffee.

Design

French Presses offer a multitude of different designs.

french press designs

Some of the French Press options are made from:

  • Ceramic
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Portable

The AeroPress is made of three different plastics:

  • Copolyester
  • Polypropylene
  • Thermoplastic elastomer

The AeroPress is a single design and that’s why it can get to be a classic in the future, just like Moka Pot currently is.

aeropress setting

AeroPress it’s the more practical coffee maker for you to travel with. The reason for that is the simplicity of the single piece and the ease to carry it around. And when it comes to French Press, it’s a less practical coffee maker to travel with because it’s made from glass. However, there are French Press portable options like the Espro French Press.

aeropress go and espro french press comparison

Both AeroPress and Espro are two different portable ways of making coffee under pressure.

It always depends on what you like the most because both AeroPress and Espro French Press are two great ways to go with, so the preference will always remain uniquely subjective and divine.

Price

When it comes to how much both of these coffee makers cost, French Press is really different in comparison to AeroPress.

french press coffee maker

You can get a French Press for as low as around 15 bucks, and it can go up to as high as even the $200 mark, whereas the AeroPress has a standard price of around 30 dollars with these two and some other accessories included:

  • Paper filters
  • Metal filter

AeroPress has a pretty locked price and this is one of the main reasons why it’s also already starting to become a classic.

Pros and cons

When it comes to cup and brew size, French Press is obviously typically made for brewing more coffee than you can brew with an AeroPress. And as we already know, AeroPress is a single-serve option.

Now, that obviously doesn’t mean that you can’t easily make multiple cups of coffee with an AeroPress.

pros and cons of aeropress and french press

AeroPress is famous for being a travelling coffee maker because it’s so vertically focused and easy to make a lot of cups of coffee with when you’re with your folks. It can make up to potentially three to five people depending on how much coffee they’re going to drink.

When it comes to well-brewing coffee makers, it’s always a good idea to get interested in which one is better customised before purchasing one.

French Presses are a little bit more locked in when it comes to the way you’re going to brew. Always remember that they use immersion with pretty much the same brew process. AeroPress allows you to customise a little bit more of what you’re going to be brewing, and how you’re going to be brewing will dictate its extraction and it’s going to change its flavour a little bit as well.

This all happens because you’re using pressure and heat whereas to recall that with the French Press, you are talking only about immersion and just simply waiting in order to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Grind types

If you want to take the customising part to another level with how much you’re going to be brewing, the AeroPress will bless you by providing you with that function. The French Press is a little bit more limited on options even though it still provides you with an amazing cup of coffee anyway.

Additionally, with AeroPress, you can play with your grind types a lot more than with a French Press. You can experiment with the grind types that can change the flavour of your coffee and of course the extraction too.

grinding with comandante

With a French Press, you’re pretty locked into the grind types that you’re going to use and you will be not wanting to change that too much because that could really affect the quality of the coffee that you’ll get out of a French Press. Always remember that the biggest factor is the pressure of extraction.

You can brew your coffee faster with an AeroPress by getting a cup of coffee in just under one minute which is going to allow you to get a less bitter and perhaps less strong cup of coffee.

Filtered vs. Unfiltered

The AeroPress uses paper filters by default. That means that you’re going to filter out more of the coffee oils, the sediment, and potentially you’re going to get a more even cup of coffee. You’re also going to get more filter types with an AeroPress like paper and a couple of different types of metal filters. All of these are going to affect the flavour profile of your coffee.

french press filter system

With a French Press, you can’t really use a filter. Now, of course, you do have filters built into your French Press. Typically, those are the wire mesh filters that you’ll use for filtering the coffee out but you don’t usually use paper filters which allow you to cut down on coffee oils unless you use a hack special hack. In a standard setup of a French Press, it’s not going to filter coffee as well the AeroPress.

Beverage variety

You definitely get a wider variety of beverages that you can make with an AeroPress. Because in addition to coffee, you can make espresso-style drinks as well as lattes, Americanos, and teas.

aeropress and french press beverage variety

With a French Press, you basically are going to be making classic French Press coffee, and you can also make tea, but you’re not going to have those other options such as making espresso-style or lattes.

Ease of use

When it comes to ease of use, AeroPress is going to be a little hard to use at first. You’re gonna have to get used to it. But with some practice, you’ll be your own home barista and you’ll be making all kinds of great coffee drinks. It’s actually super easy to use when you’re settled on it.

The French Press is going to take a little bit of practice. The main challenge with the French Press is the choice of the grind that you’re using, the temperature of your water, how long you’re going to let your coffee steep, etc; but again, with practice, you’ll be still getting a great cup of coffee.

One of the main aspects that impacts the ease of use at these both coffee makers is also the size and the weight. The practicality part is a positive feature of AeroPress while French Press dominates with providing you with the service of being able to brew a higher amount of coffee than AeroPress.

french press coffee maker sizes

So basically both AeroPress and French Press are really easy to use at the core. A little bit of practice will master you like your own home barista and server.

Time to brew

The excitement of getting your cup of coffee and getting on the road is one of the values that you honour as a coffee lover.

Now when it comes to AeroPress, it’s going to be the easiest way to get a cup of coffee very quickly. So to summarize, it can take less than one minute to make a cup of coffee with the AeroPress.

brewing time of aeropress

When it comes to French Press, you’re looking at around 3 to 4 minutes of coffee making time length. If you’re in a big rush but you still want that really awesome cup of coffee, the AeroPress will be a great way to go but if you can wait just a little bit more you can go with the French Press as well.

Cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning your coffee maker is a really crucial component to getting your perfect crisp cup of coffee.

coffee cleaning and maintenance

AeroPress, hands down, will always be easier to clean than the French Press. When you are done, you just pop out the spent coffee and filter, and you’re basically done. You’ll just need to wash your AeroPress with a little bit of water, and that’s it, it’s finished.

French Press takes a little bit longer to clean than the AeroPress. It’s also a little harder when it comes to fully clean it up but this YouTube video will provide deeper elaboration on how you can do that in the best way possible.

Durability

Durability between these two coffee maker options is going to differ a little bit. Glass with your French Press, let’s face it, could be a little less durable. It’s obviously glass, and probably we’ve all broken something of glass at least once. French Press is also not very practical to carry around, and if you did, you would probably end up breaking it.

The AeroPress is made of plastic and it’s really super durable with the probability to last you a lifetime. However, there are coffee maker options in the French Press world that will last you a lifetime as well such as ceramic French Presses and stainless steel ones which are pretty hard to break.

french press stainless steel

Obviously, all the options need a little bit of care and love in order to last you a lifetime and beyond.

Taste test

The taste profile between these two coffee makers is definitely going to differ a lot. With an AeroPress, you’re going to make a less bitter cup of coffee, and an even extraction. Not having to use as much heat is definitely going to produce typically a little bit more smooth cup of coffee.

tasting coffee cups

If you’re looking for that strong, really robust, hardy cup of coffee, a French Press is definitely going to provide that quality to you because it’s going to keep more of those aromatic oils in your cup of coffee.

Using a paper filter in the AeroPress is going to filter those oils out a lot more while the French Press is not going to filter those aromatic oils out by default. However, you’re going to definitely get a much stronger and more robust cup of coffee out of a French Press through long-term experience.

With AeroPress, you’re going to get a cleaner cup of coffee because of the paper filter but if you want a more French Press style cup of coffee out of the AeroPress, you’re going to have to use a metal filter that will not filter out those oils as much, and give you a little bit more of that flavour profile that you would usually get out of a French Press.

Setting Comandante grinder for AeroPress

The best setting for AeroPress would be somewhere around 10 to 15 clicks. For this brewing method, there is an infinite number of recipes, ratios, timings, and other combinations. Grinding coffee with Comandante and producing a certain value depends all on the quality of the coffee.

There’s a winning recipe at 25 clicks, but again, it really depends on the coffee. This article gives deeper insights into this specific subject, and coffee grinder fans’ discussions and observations.

grind aeropress coffee with comandante grinder

We explored a little bit around this subject through reading a lot of comments of other people’s experiences, and the research shows that using the inverted method in AeroPress will assure you to produce a great AeroPress recipe.

All you need is to maintain a balance of 15 to 25 clicks with the Comandante grinder, and then do the usual brewing routine like your coffee type and gram selection, the blooming process, the stirring part, and the final touches like the flipping and the plunging step.

The World AeroPress Championships

In the “AeroPress coffee maker review” section we mentioned that coffee specialists think that this brewer is a very difficult one to truly master. That specific statement chains the AeroPress topic to the World AeroPress Championships.

brewing with in the aeropress championships

The idea that you could have a global competition running year after year dedicated to just one single cup, a $30 brewer, is kind of mind-bending.

How it started

It started in 2008 in a little room off to the side of Tim Wendelboe’s cafe, and three people, all from Norway, took part. It was called the World AeroPress Championship in order to mock Americans for having the World Series when really it’s just their baseball league. And they felt, “Well, why can’t we call it the World AeroPress Championships?”.

This was a national competition where all you had to do was brew a cup of coffee that tasted good with the AeroPress. That was it. There was no performance, and there was no expense in preparing for these competitions. You just turned up, you brewed, and the best cup won.

norway aeropress championships

People found this a very compelling kind of antithesis to the mainstream coffee competitions that had become big, serious things that required money, time, and effort to enter. The AeroPress competition was kind of the opposite of that. That’s why people loved it.

Since then, this competition has grown into a global event where you have dozens of national competitions feeding into this one big world finals, and often the national competitions will have regional gatherings. Thousands of people enter the AeroPress competition every year. The whole competition is dependent on the idea that the true mastery of this brewer is actually quite difficult.

In the nationals, as well as the world finals, a thing that stuck with us was that you would get a brew in one round that would blow everything else away, but that same competitor one round later would produce something kind of average.

coffee laboratory at aeropress championships in norway

Tracking the winning brew was a pretty rare thing that you could do all the way through this brewing method’s rounds. It felt a little bit more random than you would expect it to. It seemed really difficult to replicate the same brew over and over again because you have this myriad of brewing techniques and there are so many different ways to brew with AeroPress.

This has made us reluctant to talk about an ultimate AeroPress technique up until this point.

The best recipe of the last 5 years

Some of the techniques that we are going to represent now are taken straight from the World AeroPress Championships that have been happening over the past years. The World AeroPress Championships are a fan-driven global phenomenon. The challengers come from over 60 countries to have a great time competing to make the best cup of coffee using their favourite AeroPress.

coffee tasting at aeropress championships

After each year’s contest, they post the top three recipes online for people to try themselves. The manufacturer’s method is pretty simple and this is how it’s done:

  1. You add a filter to the cap and one cup of fine grounds into the chamber at 80°C water up to level one.
  2. Proceed with stirring for 10 seconds.
  3. Gently press the plunger in and pause when you feel resistance (you can top up if you want a longer drink).

All of these techniques actually use the inverted AeroPress method which is going to become very apparent very quickly. The inverted AeroPress method is the classic one to start with because that’s the method the starters of this Championship used back then in Norway.

inverted method for aeropress coffee making

For making the best recipe of the last 5 years from the World AeroPress Championships, you can use your preferred coffee beans and coffee grinder. What matters is that the grounds are fine with a combination of coarse in another grinder or plate. What you’ll need to have is:

  • Scale
  • Measuring  jug
  • Thermometer
  • Filter paper
  • And obviously your AeroPress

The 2019 winner was the woman named Wendelien van Bunnik from the Netherlands. Her technique for this recipe is:

  1. Pour 100 grams of water into the coffee for 10 seconds.
  2. Stir firmly 20 times for 10 seconds.
  3. Put the filter cap with a rinsed filter on the brewer and gently press out excess air.
  4. At 40 seconds, flip the AeroPress and press out all coffee. You should end up with roughly 60 grams of extracted coffee.
  5. Taste and add more water until the desired strength (Wendelien van Bunnik ended up with 120 grams dilution)
  6. Cool the brew down to roughly 60°C (140°F) by stirring and decanting.
  7. Slurp and enjoy!

Measurement insights:

  • Coffee: 30g
  • Grind: 7/10 (1=very fine, 10=very coarse)
  • Water: 100g Spa Blauw water (30PPM) @ 92°C (197.6°F)
  • Brewer: Inverted
  • Filter: Aesir Filter (Rinsed)
  • Total brew time: 60 seconds
Enjoy!

 

For more AeroPress content, you can check out Hex Nub’s article.

 

I’ve dedicated very insightful and in-depth research to this article so I appreciate you for reading it. I hope this article helped you find all the specifics of all the AeroPress mechanics that you’ll need to know. For any other questions or wonderings that you might have about AeroPress, feel free to ask them down in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

 

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