The Ultimate Aeropress Technique According to James Hoffman

Are you an Aeropress enthusiast looking to elevate your coffee brewing game? Look no further! In this blog post, we delve into the world of Aeropress brewing techniques, guided by none other than the coffee guru himself, James Hoffman. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Hoffman has explored the nuances of Aeropress brewing, unraveling the secrets to extracting the best flavors from this beloved coffee brewing device. Join us as we unlock the ultimate Aeropress techniques according to James Hoffman.

While results may vary with this technique, James’ goal is to primarily to help Aeropress users make consistently and reliably make good good coffee using the Aeropress. The actual video for anyone interested is below:

Summarized below:

Step 1: Purchase good quality coffee that’s fresh.

Step 2: For light roasts, grind slightly less fine than you would for an expresso but more fine than what you might use for pour over. The darker your roast the less fine you should grind.

Step 3: Add about 11 to 13 grams of ground coffee per 200 mL of water to the Aeropress (it should already have the filter and filter holder attached).

Step 4: Boil water to a temperature of at least 85C if you are using dark roasts and all the way to up 100C if you are using light roasts.

Step 5: Place the Aeropress above a cup and place them both on a scale and tare. Pour the hot water into the Aeropress based on your ratio, again if you used 12grams of coffee, then 200 grams of water would be typical.

Step 6: Let the water and coffee sit for 2 minutes in the Aeropress. After 2 minutes swirl the water and coffee mixture and wait another 30 seconds.

Step 7: Add the plunger on top and press gently on the Aeropress until the rest of the coffee pours through.

Step 8: Enjoy!

If your coffee did not turn out as expected such as

  1. Too Bitter – then your temperature might be too hot or you ground the beans to fine
  2. Too Sour – then your temperature might be too low or you did not grind fine enough