James Hoffman's Immersion Iced Coffee

This is a cold recipe

James Hoffman uses a Clever brewer to steep the coffee for about five minutes before letting it drip through its paper filter into a carafe with ice.

In the video, James mentions an Aeropress XL recipe to make about 3 cups, but the ratios and fundamental method would be the same for a Classic or Clear or Go. This recipe makes one cup (~250mL).

James Hoffman also recommends preheating the brewer in this technique, contrary to his ultimate Aeropress recipe.

Ratios for Immersion Iced Coffee (Using 75g/L)

1 Cup: 19g coffee, 165g hot water, 85g ice

2 Cups: 37.5g coffee, 330g hot water, 170g ice

3 Cups: 56.5g coffee, 495g hot water, 255g ice

4 Cups: 75g coffee, 660g hot brew water, 340g ice

Important: You have some flexibility on these. They don't need to be super precise. Ice isn't often sized compliantly.

Recipe details:

Paper Filter


Finer end of medium. Finer than pour over setting (but not close to espresso fine).
Light roast


99°C / 210°F


  1. Grind 19g of coffee, finer than pour over setting (but not close to espresso fine).
  2. Preheat your AeroPress. Set brewer in standard position on a server.
  3. Add coffee and then 165g of fresh boiled, clean, soft water. Start a timer.
  4. Make sure all the coffee is mixed with the water and no dry pockets remain.
  5. Place the plunger on top of the brewer to create a vacuum.
  6. Steep for at least 5 minutes (or 4 minutes for darker roasts).
  7. Place 85g of ice straight from the freezer into a carafe.
  8. Press the Aeropress onto the ice.
  9. Once finished, stir in any remaining ice.
  10. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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