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

Some people brew with their AeroPress coffee maker upside down, which has been referred to as the “inverted method”. People who use the inverted method apparently do so to prevent premature drip-through of their coffee, to give them complete control over longer steep times, and to allow them to use coarser grind sizes.  However, we strongly discourage using this method as it can cause the coffee maker to be less stable and prone to mishaps that expose the user to potential burns from hot liquid. If you want to use a long steep time, we instead recommend using the normal method and simply insert the seal on the end of the plunger a half inch or so into the top of the chamber to stop drip-through while waiting for your longer steep time. The seal stops drip-through just like putting your finger on the top of a straw stops dripping out of the bottom of a straw. We think shorter steep times and our recommended medium-fine grind size brew better tasting coffee but taste is certainly personal and people should brew their coffee the way it tastes best to them.

These methods are not necessary with the new AeroPress Flow Control Filter Cap (compatible with AeroPress Original, AeroPress Clear, and AeroPress Go). It allows you to eliminate drip-through, extend your brew time for as long as you want, and use whatever grind size you prefer!

SAFETY NOTICE: The “inverted method” can cause the coffee maker to be less stable and prone to mishaps that expose the user to potential burns from hot liquid. Be advised that we strongly discourage using the inverted method because it is less stable and therefore prone to tipping over and exposing the user to hot liquid.

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