Videos: 5 Different AeroPress Recipes

Following on from last month’s post on different cafetiere (french press) recipes, I thought it was time to do another one, this time featuring the Aerobie AeroPress.

brewing coffee using andy sprenger's aeropress recipe

The AeroPress is probably the most versatile coffee maker there is. And like Spaghetti Bolognaise, everyone has their own recipe (although it’s probably not been handed down from generation to generation as the AeroPress was only invented a few years ago). Here are five of my favourite videos:

1. Tim Wendelboe

Video credit: Tim Wendelboe

Brew Method

  1. Rinse paper filter
  2. Grind 14g of coffee (filter grind) and add to AeroPress
  3. Pour in 215g of near boiling water
  4. Stir 5 times before carefully placing plunger on – this stops coffee dripping out the bottom
  5. Remove plunger after 35 seconds and stir 10 times
  6. Replace plunger and plunge slowly (for approximately 10 secs), all the way to the bottom

2. Has Bean Coffee

This method uses cooler water and makes a more concentrated coffee solution, which is then diluted before serving.

Video credit: Has Bean Coffee

Brew Method

  1. Rinse paper filter and pre-heat cups
  2. Invert AeroPress
  3. Grind 17g of coffee, slightly finer than filter and add to AeroPress
  4. Fill the AeroPress to 3/4 full with water between 80-85°C
  5. Stir for 10 seconds
  6. Leave for 30 seconds, before screwing on lid
  7. Carefully turn the AeroPress the right way up and slowly plunge
  8. Dilute the coffee solution with two parts hot water before serving

3. James Bailey (Workshop Coffee)

Video credit: Time Out London

Brew Method

  1. Add 16g of coarse filter ground coffee to the AeroPress
  2. Then pour over 250g of near boiling water
  3. Stir – imagine the AeroPress is a compass and move the stirrer from North to South to North to South, then East to West to East to West
  4. Place plunger on carefully and leave to infuse for between 2-3 minutes
  5. Plunge slowly

4. Adam Marley (Argo Fine Food & Espresso Bar)

Video credit: Englightening Films

Brew Method

  1. Pre-heat AeroPress and rinse paper filter
  2. Invert AeroPress
  3. Pour 170ml of near boiling water into AeroPress
  4. Then add 16g of filter ground coffee
  5. Stir 10 times
  6. Leave for 1 minute before stirring 10 more times
  7. Replace cap and leave for further minute
  8. Carefully turn the AeroPress the right way up
  9. Plunge slowly for approximately 20-30 seconds

The great thing about this video is that it also explains how to fine tune the recipe to suit your taste. So to alter the strength of the brew, change the coffee to water ratio. Use more coffee for a stronger brew, or less coffee for a weaker brew. If the coffee tastes under-extracted (i.e. sour/weak) try one of the following: hotter water, more stirring, grind finer or increase infusion time. If it tastes over-extracted (i.e. bitter/bland) do one the opposite i.e: cooler water, less stirring, grind coarser or decrease infusion time.

5. Andy Sprenger

This is easily the most complex method featured – you probably won’t want to use this everyday. This method recently won Andy the US AeroPress Championship

Video credit: Sprudge

Brew Method

  1. Invert the AeroPress and add 10g ground coffee – fine filter grind
  2. Carefully balance a pre-wetted, trimmed Hario V60 filter on top of the AeroPress and fold the sides down
  3. Add an additional 8g of coffee to the V60 filter
  4. Pour a small amount of water (between 90-95°C) over the grounds and wait 10 seconds
  5. Then add a further 120g in stages over the course of 1:30 mins
  6. Carefully remove V60 filter then slowly add an additional 150g of water – this should take 20-25 seconds
  7. Place the cap on the AeroPress before carefully turning the right way up
  8. Slowly plunge to preserve the clarity, just using your thumbs for downwards pressure

And Now for a Bit of Fun..

Not really an AeroPress tutorial but as this video is pretty awesome I had to include it at the end. I’m sure it has Patti and Selma Bouvier’s stamp of approval.

Video credit: Coffee Circle

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