How to Improve Your Brew: AeroPress

How to Improve Your Brew: AeroPress

Ready to brew full-bodied cups of your favorite coffee while on the go? Our AeroPress brew guide takes you through the entire process and recommends specific grams of coffee along with the grind and dose you should aim for to make a delicious shot of coffee, whether at home, in the woods or somewhere else far from the rest of society.

Created by the toy manufacturer, Aerobie, the AeroPress brewer has quickly become one of the most iconic brewing methods for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The space-age-looking brewer is a compact, double-tube device that can brew a full-bodied cup of your favorite RD Coffee wherever you are and in less than 2 minutes. If that sounds interesting to you, below is our heavily researched AeroPress brew guide. Tested and approved by our in-house group of coffee enthusiasts. 

AeroPress materials

Supplies Needed

  • RD Coffee roast of your choice
  • AeroPress brewer
  • AeroPress filter
  • AeroPress funnel
  • Paddle or spoon
  • Grinder
  • Hot Water Kettle
  • Timer
  • Scale
  • Mug

Step 1: Measure and grind

For a proper brew, measure out and grind 17 grams or 2.5 tablespoons of your preferred RD Coffee roast. If you don’t have a scale, one rounded Aeropress spoonful should measure the same 2.5 tablespoons needed. Grind the coffee until it resembles the same consistency as salt. 

Step 2: Rinse AeroPress and insert filter

The next step is to prepare your AeroPress by placing the filter inside the filter cap. Then, using a filled water kettle that is 10-20 seconds off the boil, thoroughly rinse the filter and cap to remove any paper flavoring. Hold the cap by the little tabs on the side so your fingers don’t get wet with the hot water. You can also use the water to preheat your coffee mug during this step. Don’t forget to dispose of the water in your mug and brewer before beginning the next step.

Step 3: Add coffee

Assemble the two main parts of your AeroPress with the black plunger just below number one - the numbers should be upside down as you place the empty press on your scale. With the scale zeroed out, use the funnel that came with your AeroPress to add the 2.5 tablespoons of ground coffee into the brew chamber, then remove the funnel. 

Step 4: Add water

Once your water has reached 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit (or just off the boil), start your timer and saturate your grounds inside the brewer for 10 seconds. Continue to soak your grounds until your scale reads 220 grams of water or you’ve reached the No. 4 measurement on the AeroPress, if a scale isn’t handy. Make sure all the coffee grounds are well saturated and wait 30 seconds before moving on to the next step. 

Step 5: Stir and wait

Once you’ve hit the No. 4 mark and all coffee grounds are saturated, grab your spoon or paddle and stir the coffee and water mixture another 5-10 times. Wait one minute before removing the AeroPress from the scale and securely attaching the filter cap. Be sure the cap locks into the grooves for a tight fit. 

Coffee prepare with AeroPress

Step 6: Flip and plunge

With the filter cap tightly in place, quickly flip over the AeroPress and place it on top of your mug. Press down on the plunger to begin pushing the water through the device. Once you hear a hissing sound, it’s time to stop plunging. After plunging, the brewing process should be completed in just under two minutes and give you approximately seven to eight ounces of full-bodied coffee. 

*If you feel a minimal amount of pressure during the plunging process then your grind is likely too coarse. Too much pressure and the grind might be too fine. 

Step 7: Clean up and enjoy

Thought the brewing process was simple? Cleaning an AeroPress is just as easy. Simply take off the basket and pop out the coffee grounds and filter. Now, use the leftover water in your kettle to clean the rubber plunger and any spoons or paddles used and you’re all set! Now it’s time to sit back and #FuelYourPursuit with freshly brewed coffee.