In this article, I’ll be going over the most frequently asked AeroPress questions.
Questions like, ‘What is an AeroPress?’, ‘How does it work?’, and ‘How many cups of coffee does the AeroPress make?’
Are you wondering about the answers to these questions? Then you are in luck as I will guide you through all of them. Ready to learn some cool stuff? Grab some coffee, and let’s get into it!
What is an AeroPress?
An AeroPress is a manual coffee brewer that uses pressure to brew coffee. By using two cylinders, the water is pushed through the tube filled with ground coffee. This will leave an espresso-like coffee.
The coffee brewer uses paper filters cut to the exact measurements of the filter cap. These paper filters ensure you get a clean coffee without any grid in your coffee cup like French press coffee tends to leave behind.
This article will answer more questions about AeroPress’s brewing and tell you all about the best coffee beans to use.
How does an AeroPress work?
An AeroPress uses pressure to brew coffee. That pressure is created when pressing the two cylinders into each other. The vacuum on one end of the cylinders is used to get that necessary pressure.
By pressing on the AeroPress, the water gets pushed through the coffee bed. By using a great amount of pressure, the coffee that is left is less acidic than other coffee brewers.
The ground coffee used is relatively fine compared to other coffee grind sizes, which also helps to brew that fantastic tasting coffee that you cannot brew with the other coffee brewers.
Ideal water temperature for AeroPress coffee
The ideal water temperature of the AeroPress sits between 198 °F (ca. 92 °C) and 205 °F (ca. 96 °C). This can change depending on the flavor profile you want to create. Let me tell you how this differs from person to person.
When brewing between these temperatures, you are creating a somewhat spicier coffee with more acidity. By using a higher water temperature, the coffee will start to brew right off the bat.
I’ve tried using a lower water temperature to brew coffee using this coffee brewer, and it tastes amazing.
For the experiment, I used a water temperature of just 185 °F (ca. 85 °C), which is significantly lower than coffee is normally brewed on.
The coffee that it produced was much sweeter and more balanced. There were no spikes of hardness to be found in the flavor profile like bitterness and high acidity.
So, it really depends on the person brewing the coffee what the water temperature should be:
- Are you a fan of less acidic coffees? Try a lower water temperature to brew your coffee with.
- Do you like bitter tones and more acidity flavors in your coffee? Stick with a higher brewing temperature.
I would recommend sticking with the higher water temperature to brew coffee the first few times. This is the easiest way to brew some delicious coffee, as you just have to wait 30 seconds before pouring water onto the ground coffee beans.
By lowering the water temperature, you’ll need a thermometer to achieve the correct temperature. This works really well, but not all coffee lovers have a thermometer at home.
AeroPress coffee to water measurements
The best coffee to water measurements for the brewing of AeroPress coffee is 17 grams of coffee to 50 ml of water. The amount of coffee added is the same as one coffee scoop that is included in the AeroPress package.
You can also make more than one cup of coffee with this coffee brewer, to which you need to adjust the coffee to water ratio. I’ll list the coffee to water ratios of the different coffees down below:
|How much ground coffee
|How much water to add
|0.2 cup (ca. 47 ml)
|0.5 cup (ca. 120 ml)
|1 cup (ca. 240 ml)
These coffee to water ratios are the ones I like to use when brewing coffee. The amount of coffee used differs from the amount of water used, as the brewing time is longer on each coffee brew.
My rule of thumb is: when using more ground coffee, thus adding more water, the brewing time is longer. This way, the coffee gets enough time to bloom and brew into an amazing cup of coffee.
However, if you want to change things up, whether it’s with the amount of coffee or water used, feel free to do so!
This blog is all about giving you the information to brew Your Dream Coffee at home. And if you are not a fan of the coffee to water ratios I like to use, switch it up to your liking.
How many cups of coffee does an AeroPress make?
The AeroPress produces 1 to 3 cups of coffee, depending on the amount of water added. It’s amazing to brew just one cup of coffee because you can brew coffee in less than 30 seconds.
When you want to brew more cups of coffee at once, you are looking at a higher brewing time, but nevertheless, the coffee brewing time is still significantly lower than other coffee brewers.
As I have shown you above in this article, when using more water and ground coffee, you get more coffee to enjoy.
I mostly use this coffee brewer to make an espresso-like coffee for the different coffee recipes that require an espresso or when I feel like drinking a nice espresso. This requires minimal work and leaves a great tasting cup of joe.
The best coffee beans used for AeroPress
The best coffee beans used for the brewing of AeroPress coffee are dark roasted coffee beans. These coffee beans have the right amount of punch needed to cut through the milk of some coffee recipes.
Moreover, dark roasted coffee beans are mostly used to brew espresso using an espresso machine. So why not use the same coffee beans to get the closest to that real espresso… right?
I have tried brewing coffee using a medium coffee roast as well. These coffee beans are great, but I prefer dark roasted coffee beans over medium roasted coffee beans.
Down below, you can see the clear difference between dark roasted coffee beans (on the left) and medium roasted coffee beans (on the right).
Medium roasted coffee beans don’t have that full-bodied coffee aspect as I hope to get when brewing espresso-like coffee.
But if you have medium roasted coffee beans at this moment, feel free to give them a try. Maybe you’ll love it because you don’t like the other coffee beans’ dark roasted coffee flavors.
I don’t recommend brewing coffee with a lightly roasted coffee bean. These coffee beans can’t be used to their true potential using pressure. These coffee beans work best with pour over methods like the Chemex and Hario V60.
Which is better? AeroPress or AeroPress go?
There isn’t that much difference between the two versions, except for the travel mug and travel equipment added to the AeroPress Go.
I’ve compared the two versions, and I would say: if you are keen on traveling and want to brew amazing coffee along the way, go for the AeroPress Go.
This version includes the amazing coffee mug where you can store the coffee and drink from it.
However, if you are not the person the take a coffee maker with you on a trip, your best bet will be the regular version of the AeroPress. This version comes with everything you need to get started on the AeroPress’s brewing guide.
The regular version of the AeroPress comes with all kinds of added equipment like coffee filters, a stirring wand, and a coffee scoop. You can check all the equipment down below:
For me, the regular version of the AeroPress is amazing. It really brews amazing coffee, and I can highly recommend checking them out with the links in this article’s price comparison below:
How much does an AeroPress cost?
There isn’t a big difference in price between the two versions. This is great because now you get to choose which one you think will fit the best.
If you are interested in buying an AeroPress, you can click the links above to check out the AeroPress or the AeroPress Go.
This was a fun article to write. I’ve told you all about the most commonly asked questions about the AeroPress and have hopefully answered them all.
The first few times when brewing coffee with this amazing coffee brewer, I got stuck quite often as I didn’t have the information about the right brewing temperature and the best coffee beans to use.
I hope to have helped you along your coffee journey by anwering some of these questions for you. I’d love to see you back on my blog soon.
Did I answer all your questions about the AeroPress? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!