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What grind size should I use?

For the best brewing experience: Use a medium-fine grind size, shake to level the bed of coffee grounds before pouring in the water, and pour the water slowly. The best grind size to use with an AeroPress Original coffee maker or an AeroPress Go trav

Am I doing something wrong if it is hard to press?

You may need to use a better or sharper grinder. A good, sharp grinder (ideally a good burr grinder) grinds coffee into particles that are all the same size. A cheap or dull grinder produces a wide variety of particle sizes and the very small dust-li

Some water drips through the coffee and filter before I stir and press. Is that OK?

It is normal for a minor amount of liquid (about 2-3%) to drip through prior to stirring and pressing. If a lot of liquid runs through prematurely, remember to shake to level the grounds and pour the hot water slowly. If an excess amount still runs t

Why is it important to use a good-quality grinder?

A good grinder will grind coffee into particles of uniform size. Very fine particles block the flow of water and make it difficult to press. The same blocking occurs if your grinder is dull and produces particles of varying size because the fine part

I have heard of people using an "inverted method". Why do they use it?

People who use the inverted method do so to prevent premature drip-through of their coffee and to give them complete control over usually longer steep times. We highly recommend that you review our Official AeroPress Inverted Guide, which includes an

How much coffee do the AeroPress Original and AeroPress Go scoops hold?

Both the AeroPress Original scoop and the AeroPress Go scoop have the same capacity. A level scoop holds 11.5 grams of coffee or about 2.5 tablespoons. A heaping (rounded) scoop of coffee holds 14 grams or 3 tablespoons.

Do you make a larger AeroPress Original for use when I want to brew a full pot of coffee?

We don’t currently make a larger AeroPress Original coffee maker. But if you do two or three 3-scoop pressings into an 8 or 12 cup carafe and then top off the pot with hot water, you will have enough American style coffee to serve a small gathering i

Why do you recommend brewing with 175°F (80°C) water for dark roasts and 185°F (85°C) for medium and light roasts?

These temperatures are great starting points because they deliver smooth, rich brews without the bitterness and acidity that come with using hotter water. One of the advantages of AeroPress coffee makers is the user controls all the brewing process v

How do I best judge water level in AeroPress Original and AeroPress Go chambers?

Look down into the AeroPress Original chamber or AeroPress Go chamber from above. The numbers on the outside are visible through the material particularly if looking down against a light background. Ground coffee floating around in the chamber can ma

Do AeroPress coffee makers make real espresso?

Many people say that espresso must be made with 9 bars of pressure. If you use this definition then no, AeroPress coffee makers do not make espresso. But if you define espresso by the taste of the drink in the cup, certainly many people think AeroPre

Can you make cold brew style coffee with AeroPress coffee makers?

Yes. Please see our cold brew page for instructions on how to make cold brew style coffee with AeroPress coffee makers.

What is the best coffee for AeroPress coffee makers?

You can use any coffee when brewing with AeroPress coffee makers and you’ll get a delicious cup! But the bottom line is that the best coffee for the AeroPress Original or the AeroPress Go is whatever coffee tastes best to you. Experiment with differe

What's the optimal brewing temperature for AeroPress coffee makers?

We found in our taste tests that using slightly different brew temperatures for different roasts can yield great results. A great starting point is to brew with 175°F (80°C) water for dark roasts and 185°F (85°C) for medium and light roasts. These te

AeroPress for Two: Can you make multiple servings with an AeroPress coffee maker?

Yes, you can make up to three 8 oz. cups of American style coffee at a time by brewing "espresso style". Start by putting three rounded scoops of fine drip grind coffee in the AeroPress chamber, shake to level the bed of grounds, then fill up to the

How many grams of coffee for AeroPress coffee makers?

A lot of people want to know how much coffee to use when they first begin brewing with an AeroPress Original or AeroPress Go coffee maker. As a starting point, we recommend one heaping scoop of fine drip grind coffee, or 14 grams of coffee per cup.Bo

What is the best way to brew with AeroPress coffee makers?

The AeroPress brewing instructions provided with the AeroPress Original and the AeroPress Go describe a starting point from which users can deviate if they wish. The taste of brewed coffee is affected by all the variables in the brewing process. When

Can I brew tea with an AeroPress coffee maker?

Yes, you can use an AeroPress Original or AeroPress Go coffee maker to brew tea using the AeroPress inverted method. Insert the plunger an inch or so into the chamber and then set the AeroPress coffee maker on a counter with the plunger down.  Put th

My coffee tastes weak. How do I make it taste stronger?

The variables that make coffee stronger are the same no matter what coffee maker you are using. To increase the strength of coffee, try:. 1. Using a finer grind of coffee. 2. Increasing the coffee to water ratio. 3. Increasing the steep time (stirrin