How to make Aeropress coffee

aeropress coffee

The Aeropress was invented by Alan Adler and began life as a single serve coffee maker that creates American style filter coffee in flavour. There have been many ways that fans of the Aeropress have used the coffee maker to create all kinds of coffees including reasonably strong coffee. This article shows you how to make a great cup of Aeropress coffee using what’s called the “standard” method.

This is how Alan Adler had envisaged use of the Aeropress. There are two types of filter you can use with the Aeropress, either good quality paper filters or a reusable metal filter.

This method will work both types of filter.


  • 3 tablespoons (15gms) – Medium coarsely ground coffee
  • 250ml  hot water at around 95-97C
  • Milk (optional) to your taste
  • Sugar (optional) to your taste

Steps to make Aeropress coffee

  • Place a washed paper filter or the metal filter in the Aeropress
  • Place the Aeropress on top of a coffee mug
  • Put the coffee powder in the Aeropress
  • Add around 225ml of hot water.
  • Stir several times and cap the Aeropress with the plunger
  • A minute after the hot water was poured in, gently press the plunger down.
  • You’ve got the right grind if you feel a slight pressure and it takes about 30-45 seconds to push the plunger all the way down
how to make aeropress coffee

Equipment you need

  • Aeropress coffee maker
  • Equipment for hot water. Read our article on best kettles
  • Spoon
  • A Coffee cup
  • Paper filter or metal filter
  • Coffee grinder


  • A sturdy coffee cup or mug is a must since you’ll be applying pressure to it.
  • If the plunger moves down too quickly, make the grinder finer. If it doesn’t seem to move down,  you’ll need to make the grind coarser.
  • Waiting for too long to push the plunger will give you a bitter tasting brew
  • If you push the plunger immediately it will give you a weak coffee

Ready to Try?

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Aeropress with steel filter

Aeropress with paper filter


Hario Glass Hand Grinder

Delonghi KG 79 Burr Grinder

Coffee Mugs

White coffee mugs

Colourful coffee mugs

If you've never tried an Aeropress coffee, why not try one at a coffee shop and see if you like it? If you do, then you can always use this guide on how to make Aeropress coffee at home. 

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