If we’re being honest, we think that the Aeropress is the best way to make coffee at home. You’ll find our praises of the Aeropress all over this site, and for good reason. Before we give you our five favorite Aeropress recipes, let’s take a look at a few of the reasons that make this our favorite home brewing method.
One of the best reasons to brew your own coffee at home is for the savings. While a “cheap” cup of coffee from the hipster shop down the street will run you $3-$4, the “cost per cup” of an Aeropress brew is less than a dollar (even if you’re using really good coffee LINK). But that’s not even the best part. You can get an Aeropress and all the accessories for about a week’s worth of high-priced hipster shop coffee. Compare that to home espresso machines and crappy Keurigs, and you’re in good shape.
Ease of Use
The other day, I was explaining the Aeropress to a friend, and I explained it as the “most forgiving brew method out there.” While the recipes below will ensure a fabulous cup of coffee every time, there have been many times where I’ve fudged on a recipe and still came out with a great brew.
Quick Clean Up
I used a Chemex for awhile, and I found myself loathing the clean-up. It was difficult to get to all the crevices, and required an expensive solution (or even worse… a home-made solution) to fully clean. Aeropress, on the other hand, is about the quickest, easiest clean-up possible. We outline it IN THIS ARTICLE, but essentially, it’s a quick pop of the filter and rinse. All in all, it takes about 15 seconds.
Top 5 Recipes
Let’s get right to it. There are many ways to make a great cup of coffee with the Aeropress, and here are our favorites:
#5: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
This Portland-based roaster offers not only a great recipe, but a rad video with it. Some benefits of the Stumptown method are the small amount of coffee used (17g) and the ease of brew. One downfall is the longer brew time (I know… it’s only two minutes). Pretty much all the equipment used in this video is top notch, so here are some links to everything used:
#4: Paulina Miczka
Paulina Miczka was the 2017 World Aeropress Champion, and for good reason. Her recipe is completely different than the rest of the methods on this list. While (spoiler alert) there is another recipe here that uses the inverted method, Paulina’s is the only one that adds water post-brew. Also, you may notice that she uses a coarse grind and 35g of coffee (almost double any other recipe here). To read more about Paulina’s championship brew, head over to EuropeanCoffeeTrip.com.
#3: Sightglass Coffee
This Sightglass brewing guide makes the list because of its simplicity and ease of use. While it will yield less coffee than the other recipes here, you’re bound to end up with great flavor and tasting notes. As a side note, if you haven’t visited one of Sightglass’s San Francisco locations, you’re missing out.
#2: Heart Roasters
If you’re apprehensive about using the inverted method, this guide by Heart Roasters is the best we can find. In our opinion, 18g of coffee, 270g of water, and a brew time of 1:45 is the perfect combination for a tradition Aeropress. And Heart doesn’t stop with the recipe… they also offer more resources at heartroasters.com/pages/aeropress.
#1: VeloDrome Coffee
Brice Sturmer has it figured out. This recipe is at the top of our list for good reason. The VeloDrome Coffee owner uses 15.5g of coffee, ground to a fine sand (finer than any other recipe here), and 250g of water. He inverts the Aeropress and has a brew time of 1:30. This brew method is the perfect combination of great taste and ease of use.
Thanks so much for checking out our Top 5 Aeropress Recipes. If you’re wanting to dig deeper into the Aeropress and its capabilities, check out our recipe for Aeropress Espresso.