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6 Tips for the Best Cup of AeroPress Coffee
A 2020 guide for coffee on the go
Most of us have our own experiences with an AeroPress coffee maker. It’s probably the earliest investment in coffee brewing devices because it’s relatively cheap and generally easy to use.
Of course, it’s actually very versatile in terms of what you can do with it. Which is why it leaves room for error, there are just so many variables.
The biggest issue you may have faced using AeroPress is that you generally end up with one of two results:
To fix these issues I found the best 6 tips to get the best cup of AeroPress coffee that many of those award winning recipes utilize that really elevates the cup of coffee you can get from an AeroPress.
If you’re an absolute beginner with AeroPress then we recommend you check out our other article that explains the basics and has a specific recipe for you to follow.
Tip 1: Increase the Amount of Coffee Grounds
When first using an AeroPress, I would use 1 scoop. 1 scoop is 11 grams. The AeroPress typically holds 7oz of water.
The winning recipes from the world AeroPress World Championship from the last 3 years all used between 30 and 35 grams of coffee, which is a pretty huge increase from the typical 1 scoop I was using.
Now the way those larger doses translate into the cup is pretty interesting, but for this specific article I think it’s important to understand that the larger the dose, the harder it is to over-extract the coffee.
When you add that 30-35 grams of coffee into your AeroPress recipe and it’s only brewed for a minute or two max; it’s very difficult to over-extract the coffee. Unless, of course you’re not paying attention.
Tip 2: Grind Coarser
First mistake I made with AeroPress was trying to dial it in like espresso. Trying coarse grinds, fine, and everything in between. Every time I would get a new specialty coffee, it would take me awhile to dial in the flavor, like an espresso. Even using varying temperatures of water.
I didn’t think of an AeroPress as a kind of stand alone cup of coffee or really looked at them as a versatile tool. I looked at it very simply. Like, “Okay, I need to fine grind the beans, add water, press hard to push this water through the pucks and that’s basically it”.
As I mentioned before, I would end up with one of the 2 aforementioned cups of coffee. Weak & watered down or over-extracted & sour.
I noticed that every single one of these winning AeroPress recipes all grounded their coffee fairly coarse. I couldn’t find the exact details or even find a picture. However, they did mention on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being fine and 10 being coarse. All three of these winning recipes ground their coffee between 7 and 8.
Needless to say, if you’re trying to create a good cup of coffee and not something that resembles espresso, grind your coffee coarsely. Grinding it coarse allows an even extraction through the grounds. Plus, you don’t have sediments slipping out through your filter and ending up in your cup with unwanted oils.
Tip 3: Dilution Is Key
Tip 4: Stir, Don’t Just Bloom
Tip 5: Invert For Control
Tip 6: Paper Is Still The Best
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