Simple AeroPress Recipe

My go-to method for making coffee at home.

My go-to method for making coffee at home.

The AeroPress is my jam.

After getting one for Christmas last year, it has replaced the French Press as my go-to brewing method for coffee at home.

It’s simple really: Ground coffee and water steep together in the chamber (like a French Press), then the piston is used to push the water through a paper filter (like a filter coffee maker). 

I use the AeroPress every day for my morning coffee, but its use isn’t limited to home. Because it’s compact, easy to clean and made entirely of plastic, it has become a popular travel companion for coffee lovers. (Although you probably shouldn’t use it on an airplane.) And for all its simplicity, coffee geeks have developed a thousand different recipes and techniques, which has helped spur an international competition called the World AeroPress Championships.

If you’re already using an AeroPress, check out my recipe below and see how it compares to the ones you use. Mine is adapted from the one in James Hoffmann’s book (which is excellent, by the way.)

If you’re just starting out with an AeroPress, or you’re just interested in how it works, the video below is an excellent primer. It also earns bonus points for the camp setting. (The recipe is also very close to what I’m using.)


Simple AeroPress Recipe

18 grams ground coffee
240 grams water

  1. Measure and grind 18 grams of coffee. If you don’t have a scale, a heaping scoop with the scoop that comes with the AeroPress is close to 18 grams. So is 2 1/2 tablespoons.
  2. Put the filter in the basket and screw the filter to the chamber. I like to wet the filter with warm water first.
  3. Put the coffee in the chamber and add the water just off boil until you hit 240 grams on your scale. (Or pour to just above the number 4 on the chamber.)
  4. Give the coffee a quick stir, then put the piston in place. You’ll want to push the piston down just far enough that it seals, which creates a vacuum and keeps the water from dripping out the bottom of the chamber.
  5. After 1 minute, push the piston down until all of the water has been forced out. You can then take the filter off, and over the garbage can, push the piston all the way down to get rid of the grounds. You’ll want to rinse all of the AeroPress parts right away.
  6. Enjoy the coffee!