James Hoffmann's Ultimate AeroPress Recipe

James Hoffmann's Ultimate AeroPress recipe - the AeroPress recipe everyone has been waiting for!

James presents us with a simple, and tasty recipe that throws away a lot of AeroPress misconceptions such as rinsing your paper filter and preheating your AeroPress. James also prefers to swirl, not stir.

This recipe is a great starting point for any AeroPress enthusiast - once you get it wired, use it as a base for other recipe experiments.

Quick notes:

  • For medium roast coffee, using 90-95°C water will give you better results.
  • For dark roast coffee, try 85-90°C water for the brew.

For a much more detailed walkthrough of this recipe, watch James’ original video.

James also has an espresso-like recipe for milk coffee, which you can view here.


📌 Grind settings recommended by users:

  • 1Zpresso JX Pro with a gray dot: 3.2.0 for light roast
  • 1Zpresso Jx: 42-48 clicks (1.5 turns)
  • 1Zpresso K-max: 5-5.5
  • Aergrind: 1.3-1.9
  • Baratza Encore: 12-14
  • Breville dose control / smart grinder: 2 Clicks before "percolator"
  • Comandante: 11-16
  • Hario mini slim: 3 for medium roast
  • Porlex Mini: 5-7 clicks depending on the type of roast (eg.dark roast, 7 clicks... sometimes 8)
  • Timemore C2: on 11 clicks for light roast
  • Timemore C2: 12-14 clicks for medium roast
  • Timemore C3 or C3 pro: 11 clicks for medium roast
  • Wilfa Aroma grinder: at the end of the AeroPress

Tried this recipe? Let us know what you think, in the comments below.

Recipe details:

Paper Filter


Finer end of medium
Light roast


99°C / 210°F


  1. Set brewer in standard position on a server. Don't rinse or preheat the brewer (it doesn't make any difference).
  2. Start a timer, add 200mL water, aiming to wet all the coffee during pouring.
  3. Then immediately place the plunger on top of the brewer, about 1cm in. This creates a vacuum to stop the coffee from dripping through.
  4. Wait 2 minutes.
  5. Holding the brewer and the plunger, gently swirl the brewer.
  6. Wait 30 seconds.
  7. Press gently all the way, it takes about 30 seconds.
  8. Drink and enjoy!

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