Least Variables & Most Consistent

Creator:B M

The AeroPress design is deceptively simple, but it can be frustratingly hard to reproduce a golden cup due to the many variables.

This recipe aims to eliminate the variables that are hard to control (pouring\agitation\bypass\pressing.)

Key ideas:

  • “The Press" matters(The timing/force/duration of pressing)
  • Pouring water as fast as possible to eliminate the pouring technique’s effect. You can use a regular water kettle.
  • Press slowly with the minimum force that moves down the plunger.
  • Using the inverted method to minimize bypass.

Use this as a starting point to dial in for your preferences.

📝 Recipe Notes:

  • Dialled in with light roasted coffee
  • Push plunge into the first number mark on the regular model
  • Preheating is not required. Rinse the filter so it does not come off the cap easily
  • Grind size is medium-fine (I used 13 clicks on a Timemore C3)
  • In step 5, swirling is optional but don't do it in a circular motion
  • Press for about 1 min 15 sec

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

Recipe details:

Paper Filter


Dialed in with light roasted coffee


99°C / 210°F


  1. Invert the AeroPress, plunge in to the first number mark on the regular model.
  2. Grind 11g of coffee to medium-fine (I used 13 cicks on a Timemore C3), put the coffee in the AeroPress.
  3. Pour 180ml off-the-boil(99°C) water in a single motion, relatively fast(<10s). This should provide enough agitation so no additional swirling is required.
  4. Immediately put the filter cap on, and plunge to where water touches the filter so that the ground stuck on the chamber is emerged.
  5. At 1:30, invert the AeroPress carefully and put it on a cup. Let the coffee slowly sink into a flat and even bed. Swirling is optional but don't do it in a circular motion.
  6. At 3:00, slowly plunge with the minimum force that moves the plunger down. Press all the way or stop at the hiss. Pull the plunger back a bit. (I normally finish at 4:15)
  7. Clean the setup and enjoy your cup!

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