Geeks Need Caffeine!
I’m not real big on kitchen gadgets, but the one kitchen gadget that gets used daily in our house is our AeroPress coffee press. All geeks needs their caffeine fix, and here in the hot Florida humidity, we like to get ours via iced coffee in the morning. Here’s how we use the AeroPress to make delicious iced coffee in about 3 minutes.
We use the AeroPress “inverted method,” where you steep the coffee with the AeroPress upside-down from the normal method so the coffee can brew a while before it starts dripping through the filter. Everyone has thier own variations on this, and you can check out YouTube videos to see it demonstrated.
This is my method of making iced coffee the inverted way with AeroPress:
- Heat water to about 170 degrees F, not boiling. We like the Utilitea kettle because it is fast and has an adjustable temperature setting. If your water kettle has a setting for green tea, that should be the correct temp for AeroPress coffee.
- Fill a 15 oz. glass or tumbler 1/2 way with ice cubes. We have special Tervis mugs we use.
- Insert the plunger about 1/2 inch into the outer chamber of the AeroPress and stand it up so that the plunger forms the bottom of the reservoir and the filter attachment is at the top, but open.
- Add one level AeroPress scoop of your favorite coffee to the chamber. We like to use French Roast.
- Add sugar or sweetener, if desired. My husband likes sugar, but I sweeten with creamer after brewing and plunging.
- Fill the chamber with your heated water to about 1/2 inch from the top. Leave room for stirring!
- Use the AeroPress paddle to stir the coffee for one to two minutes.
- Put a new, wet filter on the filter attachment and screw it on tight. Wetting the filter keeps it stuck in place when the filter attachment is flipped over, and results in fewer mishaps. Also: we have had way too many accidents reusing filters, so we always use a new one.
- Now, this is the dangerous part: with one motion, very carefully flip the entire AeroPress over so it’s right-side-up and sitting atop your glass/mug.
- Press the plunger to expel the coffee directly into your mug of ice.
- Top off with more ice and creamer, if desired.
Hot Coffee and Other Variations
To make hot coffee with the AeroPress, you would omit the ice, and dilute the pressed coffee with water to taste. We use the inverted method for both hot and iced coffee because it allows you to use less coffee per cup. When I’m making hot coffee, I use a bit less ground coffee because it’s not getting diluted as much by the ice and my mug is smaller. You’ll have to experiment with the amount, to suit your taste.
For variations, I will often brew flavored teas like Chai and use the brewed tea to brew the coffee. If you use loose tea, you can steep it directly in the inverted AeroPress, adding the coffee for the last minute or two of steeping time. Since most teas are steeped at higher temps, I leave the top of the AeroPress open while the tea steeps to let the water cool a bit before adding the coffee so it is closer to the proper temperature for coffee.
The AeroPress has been a great addition to our kitchen, and while it is not for everyone, we no longer keep a drip coffee maker out all the time. The AeroPress coffee is prepared faster and tastes so much better than a traditional dripped brew. And it’s faster and not as messy as using a french press. The downside is that it is more involved–and it can sometimes be a dangerous thing to make coffee with the AeroPress before you’ve had your morning caffeine! But we like it so much we are willing to take that risk.