Todd’s Perfect Aero Press Coffee Instructions

  1. Fill your coffee mug with filtered water and pour into a tea kettle. Bring to a boil (while the next tasks are in progress).
  2. Slowly grind 15 grams of high quality coffee beans (that’s 75-100 individual beans depending on bean size or a heaping scoop of whole beans) by hand using a pretty fine grind setting (not large enough to be crystals, not small enough to be powder).
  3. Place the non-rubber end of the plunger on the kitchen counter. Place the reservoir over the top of the rubber end of the plunger so they overlap by 1 inch.
  4. Using the funnel, empty all of the grounds into the reservoir. Tap gently to make the grounds level inside the reservoir.
  5. Remove and rinse the funnel.
  6. Once the water has boiled, place a thermometer in the kettle and wait for it to cool to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Set a timer for 1-3 minutes (depending on your coffee strength preferences).
  8. Slowly pour the hot water into the reservoir until it is approximately half-full. “Pre-brew” the water and grounds and stir them slowly with the stirring wand for a few seconds before adding water to the top of the reservoir.
  9. Stir a bit more using the stirring wand until the mixture looks mostly uniform and you don’t feel much sediment on the bottom of the reservoir.
  10. Place a metal filter on top of the reservoir and then secure the filter cap on top of the metal filter.
  11. When the timer goes off, carefully invert the reservoir and plunger unit on top of the coffee cup. Tip: Hold by the reservoir; not the plunger.
  12. Apply light pressure to the plunger as the coffee filters into the coffee cup. Once you begin hearing air escaping from the filter, remove the Aero Press, plunge the rest of the coffee into the sink and set the Aero Press aside to cool for a few minutes.
  13. Pour a little more of the hot water from the kettle into the coffee cup to your preference and gently stir with the handle of the bean scoop or a small spoon.
  14. Disassemble the Aero Press by carefully removing the filter cap and filter, then push the plunger all the way through the reservoir so it pops the puck into the garbage/compost bin. Then, carefully extract the plunger from the reservoir while taking care not to burn yourself on hot grounds. Scrape the grounds from the filter into the garbage. Coffee grounds are not kind to plumbing :)
  15. Rinse the entire assembly.
  16. If you like, add a bit of cool water to your cup to make it cool enough to drink immediately.
  17. Enjoy your perfect cup of coffee!
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