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AeroPress Brewed Coffee

  • TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 1
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The AeroPress coffee-brewing device makes a single cup of bright, strong coffee. Here, Nick Griffith, of Tonx Coffee, gives his method for using one, requiring an AeroPress brewer, AeroPress paper filters and a burr grinder.

  1. 14 grams whole coffee beans (about one full AeroPress scoop)
  2. Boiling water
  1. In a burr grinder set to a medium-fine grind size (about the texture of table salt), grind the coffee beans. Place an AeroPress paper filter in the filter holder and rinse with water.
  2. Assemble the two AeroPress cylinders so that the rubber plunger is at the number 4 mark on the brewing chamber. Set the AeroPress upside-down, so that the open end of the brewing chamber faces up. Add the ground coffee to the brewing chamber.
  3. Add just-boiled water to the brewing chamber, saturating the coffee grounds and filling the chamber all the way to the top. Quickly stir the brewing coffee, then let it stand for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir again. Add more hot water to bring the level back to the top.
  4. Screw the filter holder with the rinsed filter onto the AeroPress. Flip the AeroPress directly onto a sturdy mug and gently press the plunger down, forcing the brewed coffee into the mug; it should take about 30 seconds to fully drain the AeroPress. (If the coffee tastes bitter, adjust your grinder to a slightly coarser setting; if the coffee tastes sour, adjust your grinder to a slightly finer setting. For stronger coffee, use less water; for weaker coffee, dilute the finished brew to taste with boiling water.)