How To Make Espresso With Aeropress

Last Updated on: 9th October 2023, 07:53 pm

Are you tired of spending money on expensive espresso machines or waiting in long lines at the coffee shop? Well, have no fear because, with the Aeropress brewing method, you can make delicious espresso right in your home!

This revolutionary device is compact, easy to use, and always produces a smooth and rich cup of espresso.

We will guide you through step-by-step instructions on how to use Aeropress to make the perfect espresso. We’ll also provide tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Aeropress experience and even show you how to explore other coffee beverages using this versatile tool.

So get ready to elevate your morning routine and become an expert barista with the Aeropress!

Understanding the Aeropress Brewing Method

Now let’s dive into how to brew the perfect espresso using your Aeropress!

The Aeropress brewing method offers a unique and efficient way to make espresso at home. Its innovative design allows for full immersion brewing and pressure extraction, resulting in a rich and flavorful cup of espresso.

One of the key benefits of using Aeropress for espresso is its versatility in terms of brewing techniques. Whether you prefer a classic recipe that involves steeping the coffee grounds or experimenting with different variables such as water temperature and brew time, the Aeropress allows you to customize your brew to suit your taste preferences.

Additionally, the compact size and portability of the Aeropress make it an excellent choice for those who enjoy their espresso on the go or need a space-saving option for their kitchen.

Aeropress Espresso Recipe

Choosing the Right Coffee Beans and Grind Size

To ensure a fantastic cup of coffee, you’ll need to select the perfect blend of beans and find the ideal grind size.

Choosing coffee beans is a crucial step in making espresso with Aeropress. Look for beans specifically labeled as espresso or dark roast, as they tend to have a richer and more intense flavor profile. Additionally, consider the origin of the beans and their tasting notes to match your preferences.

Once you have chosen the right beans, it’s time to focus on grinding techniques. For Aeropress espresso, a fine to medium-fine grind is recommended. This allows for optimal extraction without over-extracting bitter flavors from the coffee grounds. Experiment with different grind sizes until you find the one that produces a balanced and smooth cup of espresso.

Remember to invest in a good quality burr grinder for consistent results.

Aeropress Espresso Ratio

The recommended AeroPress espresso ratio is 1:2, which means using 1 part coffee to 2 parts water. For example, if you use 17 grams of coffee, you would use 34 grams of water. This ratio can be adjusted based on personal preference and the desired strength of the coffee.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Aeropress

Start by filling the Aeropress with freshly ground coffee, using the recommended grind size for optimal extraction and a flavorful cup of joe. It’s important to understand the extraction process when using an Aeropress. The water and coffee grounds will interact to extract the flavors from the beans, creating a delicious espresso shot.

  1. Place a paper filter in the cap and attach it securely to the Aeropress chamber. Then, preheat your mug and rinse the filter and chamber with hot water to remove any potential paper taste or residue.
  2. Add your desired coffee grounds into the chamber (usually one scoop per shot) and level it off for an even extraction. Start a timer when you pour hot water (around 175°F/80°C) into the chamber, covering all the grounds evenly. After stirring gently for about 10 seconds, insert the plunger into the top of the chamber until it forms a seal without pressing down.
  3. Let your coffee steep for around 1 minute before placing your mug upside-down on top of the AeroPress and carefully flipping everything over smoothly.
  4. Finally, press down slowly on the plunger until you hear a hissing sound; this should take around 20-30 seconds.

Troubleshooting common Aeropress issues: if your coffee is too weak or watery, try adjusting your grind size finer; if it’s too bitter or strong, try grinding coarser or reducing brew time; if it’s sour or acidic, try increasing brew time or using hotter water temperature; if there is sediment in your cup, consider using a slightly finer grind or experimenting with different filters.

Optional – Using An Aeropress Espresso Attachment – Fellow Prismo

The Fellow Prismo is an aftermarket attachment for the AeroPress, a popular manual coffee brewing device. The Prismo attachment enhances the AeroPress brewing experience by providing a different brewing method and producing a fuller-bodied cup of coffee compared to the standard paper filter.

The Prismo attachment (available here) includes a metal filter that replaces the paper filter used in the standard AeroPress brewing method. The metal filter allows more oils and fine particles to pass through, resulting in a fuller-bodied cup of coffee with a different flavor profile than the standard paper filter.

Tips and Tricks for Perfecting Your Aeropress Espresso

For a truly exceptional cup of joe, you’ll want to incorporate these tips and tricks to master your Aeropress espresso, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your coffee beans. Here are some Aeropress brewing techniques and troubleshooting common Aeropress issues that will help you perfect your espresso-making process:

Brewing TechniqueDescription
Inverted MethodThis technique involves flipping the Aeropress upside down before brewing for a stronger flavor.
Water Temperature ControlExperiment with different water temperatures to find the sweet spot that brings out the best flavors in your beans.
Grind SizeAdjusting the grind size can greatly impact the taste of your espresso; aim for a fine grind that resembles table salt.

When troubleshooting common issues, keep these tips in mind:

  1. If extraction is too slow, Use a coarser grind or increase the water temperature.
  2. If extraction is too fast: Use a finer grind or increase steeping time.
  3. For weak flavor: Increase the coffee-to-water ratio or extend the steeping time.

By following these tips and techniques, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of making delicious Aeropress espresso every time!


In conclusion, mastering espresso with an Aeropress is like discovering a treasure chest filled with rich, aromatic coffee. By understanding the unique brewing method of the Aeropress, selecting the perfect coffee beans and grind size, and following a step-by-step guide, you can unlock the key to a truly exceptional cup of espresso.

With each sip, you’ll be transported to a world of bold flavors and velvety textures that dance on your palate like graceful ballerinas. The Aeropress allows you to extract every last drop of caffeine goodness from your coffee beans, resulting in a concentrated shot of pure perfection.

But don’t stop at just espresso! With this versatile brewing device, you can explore an entire universe of coffee beverages – from lattes to Aeropress Americanos – all with the same precision and detail.

So embark on this caffeinated adventure with your trusty Aeropress as your guide. Let it take you on a journey through rich aromas and tantalizing tastes that will awaken your senses like never before. With practice and experimentation, you’ll become a true maestro in crafting the perfect cup of espresso using this remarkable device.

So raise your mug high and toast to your newfound knowledge – because there’s no turning back once you’ve experienced the magic of Aeropress espresso!

Mike Shaw

Mike is a fervent aficionado of all things coffee. His journey has taken him from the verdant coffee farms of South America to the vibrant coffeehouses of Europe and many places in between. Over the years, he's delved deep into the intricate tapestry of coffee, savoring, brewing, and analyzing myriad varieties. For Mike, coffee transcends its role as a morning energizer; it's a world waiting to be explored and cherished.