How To Make Coffee With The AeroPress :: Inverted AeroPress Video Tutorial

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How to Use the AeroPress (Inverted Method)

When I started this blog, the first two videos were How To Brew Coffee With The French Press, and How To Brew Coffee With The AeroPress.  Admittedly, I was not on my game yet.  I have learned much since that time, and I have previously updated the French Press Tutorial, and now it’s time to set the record straight on how to PROPERLY use the AeroPress coffee brewer.  There are several techniques out there, but the one that I employ is easy for any Joe Schmoe to duplicate.  It produces a rich, flavorful cup of coffee, and does not involve any crazy tactics that will discourage you from using it on a daily basis.

When I first tried the AeroPress, I wanted to see what all of the hype was about.  People were, and still are, going crazy over this brewer.  I mean, how good can a coffee maker that is manufactured by Aerobie be?  These guys got famous by inventing a super duper frisbee for crying out loud.  Well, I was kind of disappointed when it was all said and done.  I strongly suggest chucking the included instructions into your recycling box.  I will never consent to brewing coffee at sub 190° F.  There were other things that highlighted their lack of coffee knowledge.  I pitched them long ago, or else I’d publish them.  In addition to the poor instructions, I also have an aversion to paper filters.  They rob the coffee of many of the flavorful oils, and I found the resulting brew to be exceptionally smooth.  Almost so smooth that I didn’t even know that I was drinking coffee!

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a metal filter disk for the Aerobie AeroPress.  Alas, could I finally realize a superb cup of coffee from this highly esteemed brewing method?  I have put this filter to the test, and the results are all that I had hoped for and more!

How To Brew Coffee With The Aerobie AeroPress


What You Will Need

  • The Aerobie AeroPressmetal-aeropress-filter-able
  • Metal AeroPress Disk Coffee Filter
  • A narrow spouted kettle, such as the Hario Buono or Bonavita Electric Kettle
  • Digital Scale, accurate to the tenth of a gram
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Timer
  • 20 gr freshly roasted coffee : Grind may vary based on your brew, but I use a grind that is finer than drip and more coarse than espresso
    (Results will be less than desirable if using a blade grinder or preground coffee.  All brewing methods require a specific size of coffee grind, and it is imperative that all grinds be uniform in size.  Blade grinder can never achieve this feat.  If you cannot afford the $100 for a decent burr grinder, then invest $35 into a hand grinder.  You will be happy that you did!)
  • Coffee mug
  • A second mug or similar container

Step By Step AeroPress Instructions

  1. Wet the rubber piston and insert it into the brewing chamber about 1/4 inchAeropress video tutorial :: How to Aeropress :: Aeropress Coffee
  2. Stand the brewer upside down (look at the numbers)
  3. Place the black funnel over the opening
  4. Pour the ground coffee into the funnel
  5. Remove the funnel, start the timer, and slowly add the hot water
  6. Pour the water in a circular motion, ensuring that all of the coffee is saturated
  7. Fill to the top of the circle around the number “1”
  8. Slowly stir for about 10 seconds (Stir slowly to reduce the drop in brewing temperature)
  9. Place the filter disk onto the top of the brewer and secure with black filter cover by turning clockwise
  10. Wait until the timer reads “1:00”
  11. Carefully, with two hands, flip the brewer upright, and rest it on the top of your mug
  12. Apply slow, steady pressure on the piston (Like a giant coffee syringe)  Be sure you are pushing straight down, no angling
  13. When you get close to the bottom, you will begin to hear a hissing noise.  Remove the brewer from your mug when this starts.
  14. Use second container to finish pressing out the rest of the air and liquid.  Press very firmly.
  15. Remove the filter cover and filter disk
  16. Eject the spent coffee grounds into the second container or compost pile/bucket (Makes great fertilizer)
  17. Rinse the rubber piston with water before pulling it back through the brewer
  18. Enjoy!

You may wish to dilute the resulting brew with some of the remaining hot water, or heated milk/cream.  I love the full flavor brew, but it may be too strong for many.  This technique may have raised a few questions in your mind, and I invite you to share them in the comments below!  I choose to prepare the brew with the AeroPress inverted, because when using it upright, some of the coffee drips out way too early.  Especially since we are dealing with such a small amount of brew, it can have a negative affect on your finished product.  Inverting the AeroPress eliminates this issue.

I always use a digital scale to measure my coffee by mass rather than volume.  This is because lighter roasted coffees are more dense than dark roasts.  When you measure by volume, your results will be varied.  When measuring by mass, you will achieve a much more consistent result.


Video Resources:

AeroPress Coffee Brewer – Exceptional, affordable coffee maker

Metal AeroPress Coffee Filter– Allows precious, flavorful oils to pass, while blocking sediment

Digital Scale for coffee measuring – Lets you accurately measure coffee by mass rather than volume for more consitency

Hario Buono Kettle – Allows you to pour precisely

Digital Thermometer – Brew consistently by assuring proper brew temperature

GoCoffeeGo– A great place to buy excellent coffees from several different quality roasters.

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Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • Hey Nate, why stop when the hissing starts?  Is there a scientific explantation?  Or just something you’ve tried and liked better?

    I’ve found for some coffees that hissing is what creates the crema-like foam, which I find to be tasty at the top of my mug.

    •  Hi Scott!  When you push the piston to the bottom of the brewing chamber, you are squeezing the coffee grounds, and ‘juicing’ them.  This will extract some of the bitterness from the coffee.  This will impact your flavor in a negative way, especially since we are dealing with such a small amount of brewed coffee.  Try it this way, and express the bottom part into a separate cup and taste the two side by side.  Let me know how you find the flavor.  If you still like it, feel free to juice away! 

      Thanks for watching and commenting c[_]

      • tl;dr: “juicing’s” impact to the flavor is relative to personal preference. 

        I did just that comparison this morning and compared the taste of the two. They were indeed different, but not bad. 
        Of course the goal is not ever to drink the “juiced” portion by itself, so the important comparison is the final cup “unjuiced” vs. “juiced”.I will add that the juiced bit is quite oily, so this may be a way to make up for what you feel is missing when using paper vs. the metal filter.

        I can also imagine that juicing with the metal filter may be a bit more aggressive than what you’d get with a paper filter, potentially forcing through some sediment with the metal filter. It may be safer to do so with paper.

        •  Great thoughts, Scott!  The beauty of coffee is that it’s all about personal preference.

  • el carnicero

    I don’t know why not to brew at temp lover than 190F (90C). At lower temp acidity of fruitiness character of coffee should be more present in the cup. Have you tried to brew at perhaps 85C?

    • I’ve tried it, and I don’t like it. In my experience, brewing at low temperatures produces an undeveloped cup. It doesn’t extract enough of the coffee solids to produce a decent cup. If you like low temp brewing, then have at it. 🙂

      The ‘fruitiness’ is more dependent on where the coffee was grown, and the method that it was processed, rather than water temperature. A natural processed Ethiopian Harrar will exhibit extreme fruitiness due to its terroir and the impact of the coffee fruit drying onto the bean. In contrast, you will not find many fruity notes in a Sumatra, as they are typically roasted quite dark and the terroir imparts a natural earthy, “rooty” flavor.

  • Cort Kern

    2.0 grind
    15.5grams coffee
    245grams of water
    50 second bloom
    10 second push down
    Inverted Aeropress

    • Cort Kern

      Metal filter sorry

      • Thanks, @e3b2b053c71b5d6c18c7d907ef79bdcf:disqus! What temperature do you brew at?

  • Lainey

    Hhhmmm – I think the Aeropress would be better if it were made of glass seeing as glass retains heat. Not just that, but over time, plastic tends to leave a funky residue smell from previous uses if it is not cleaned right away…but just my opinion. Aside from those things, I think its a pretty cool press…

    • It would have to be pretty sturdy glass. I wouldn’t want it made out of the same stuff as my syphon pot. I’d have no hands by now. lol The new AP’s have BPA free plastic, but I know what you’re saying. At $25, you can get a new one every month and still save vs. buying from a coffee shop!

  • Lainey

    By the way Nate – I love the music playing on the Aeropress video – GREAT STUFF – who is the artist and where can I get a copy of the CD or song?

    • Hey Lainey! The music is from the included audio in iMovie. If you get iMovie, you get the music. Not sure who it is, but it sounds like the music they play at The Wynn in Las Vegas. 🙂

  • sb

    Good info – also learned a bit from comments too! Thanks! :o) -Shawna Wensky

    • Thanks, Shawna! Glad you learned something new 😀

  • Ev

    Nate – can you post a picture of the grind size you are using? For beginners, it would be nice to see what is a ‘drip’ grind or ‘aeropress’ grind. Thank you.

    • Image didn’t transfer the first time. AeroPress grind size image…

  • One thing that has always bothered me a little about the inverted technique is the long term effect of the boiling (or near boiling) water on the rubber stopper of the plunger. I wonder if that amount of heat sitting on that for a minute at a a time will adversely effect it over time.

    Also, could you talk a little over how you came to 20g of grind for this recipe? I tend to use 16g and am always interested in peoples water to grind ratio rationales.

    Good vid! E.

    • Hey Evan, I don’t think the water really affects the rubber stopper. It’s only 1 minute, and I’m sure they have accounted for hot water contacting it. Besides, if it does begin to break down…it’s only $25 🙂

      20g is what works for me. You can use as much as you prefer, and that is the beauty of any brewing method. Different people have different tastes. A stronger brew can create a stronger concentrate, allowing for more final product. Although…I like to drink it straight. It’s more ‘espresso like’. 😀

      Thanks for the comment, and for watching!

  • Darcy

    Hi Nate, thanks for the video. I found an areopress in the back of my cupboard looking for coffee filters for the drip coffee maker. I wondered where did this come from. I found your video and wow nice job! I would have never thought to turn it upside down [well, maybe eventually], that was totally inspired by God (:?>

  • Jan

    I love my Aeropress! I like the results using the inversion method since it produces a richer cup using the same amount of coffee. The one drawback is that by the time the process is completed, the resulting coffee is less than hot. I don’t like microwaving. I am using water just below boiling. Too bad the Aeropress itself isn’t insulated. That would solve the dilemma I think.

  • M A

    This worked perfectly thank you!