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By now, we can pretty much agree there are two kinds of coffee drinkers: Those who have heard of the Aerobie AeroPress and those who haven’t. While this article is for both, we’re going to focus on some of the finer points of using the AeroPress successfully!

One of the key points the AeroPress instructions insist on is the water temperature. To produce coffee that is not bitter, the AeroPress wants the water to be 175º F (80º C) for dark roasts and 185º F (85º C) for lighter roasts. We all know how to boil water, but c’mon, do we really need a thermometer just to make a cup of coffee?

Our favored method of using the AeroPress is the Inverted Method. Let’s recap it quickly:

  1. Heat some water to 175º F.
  2. Grind some beans.
  3. Withdraw the AeroPress plunger partway from the cylinder.
  4. Invert the AeroPress.
  5. Add ground coffee to the AeroPress.
  6. Add hot water to the AeroPress.
  7. Stir the wet coffee grounds for 10 seconds.
  8. Cover the end of the AeroPress with a filter in the cap.
  9. Revert the AeroPress onto your cup.
  10. Press the plunger slowly to extract your coffee from the grounds.