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AeroPress was invented in 2004 by Alan Adler, who knew how to make real coffee and had the vision to create a brewer that would make a cup of coffee with superior taste, which he achieved with an AeroPress.
The beauty of this manual brewer is that it is versatile and while it can brew a cup of coffee similar to pour over, you can also make espresso by adjusting the grind, time, and method.
What Makes An Espresso?
An espresso is a small concentrated coffee beverage that is made by forcing water through finely-ground coffee grounds at high temperatures using at least 9 bars of pressure.
It is characterized by an intense taste, balanced flavor, signature crema on top, and is used as a base for a variety of espresso-based drinks.
AeroPress: How To Make An Espresso?
By modifying the method and the grind slightly, and following the AeroPress instructions, you can make a coffee similar to an espresso.
Brewing an espresso the traditional way requires at least 9 bars of pressure. This is impossible to generate by hand and recreate using an AeroPress, which can only produce around 1 bar of pressure.
That’s why, the beverage brewed with an AeroPress is technically not espresso, and won’t have the signature crema on top, but is similar to it in terms of the intense taste.
All you need to make an espresso with your AeroPress is your usual setup that includes hot water, scale, coffee beans, grinder, two filters, and an improvised tamper that can fit into your AeroPress chamber.
It All Starts With An Espresso
By following this recipe, you can use the espresso to brew an AeroPress iced latte, macchiato, or cappuccino.
The espresso recipe stays the same and all you have to do is top the espresso with hot water to create an AeroPress long black recipe or add ice and your choice of milk for an iced latte.
Grind 21 grams of coffee beans to a fine grind, slightly coarser than your classic espresso grind.
Finding the right grind size might take trial and error before you find the right setting that allows you to brew perfect espresso with your AeroPress.
Prep your AeroPress and add the ground beans into the chamber.
Put your first paper filter in the filter cap and rinse it with hot water. Add in the coffee grounds.
To imitate espresso brewing, put another filter on top and tamp the coffee grounds with an improvised tamper. Your manual grinder or simple salt or pepper grinder would work.
The puck of tamped grounds will keep the coffee undisturbed.
Pour hot water.
Using hot water of around 200F, fill it until the “2” mark of your AeroPress.
There's no need to wait for the grounds to brew, you can start pressing the plunger down slowly.
If it’s too hard to push through the coffee grounds, your grind is too fine, if it is too easy and the brew is watery, the grind is too coarse. Adjust the grind for next time. And if it’s just right, congrats, you’ve just made an espresso with your AeroPress.
About the author
A retired barista who turned into a writer. I love discovering coffee flavors and learning more about the magic bean.