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javanewbie
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 5:30pm
Subject: new aeropress owner needs advice please
 

I researched this before I purchased it and have read the instructions but am still now sure I am doing this correctly.  One of the problems is that I am a new coffee drinker and do not yet drink coffee black.   So when I taste the finished product it is hard to know if it tastes the way it is supposed to.   And cream and sugar might be covering up a bad output.  

When I use 2 scoops and and liquid up to the 2 line I end up with about 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of finished "concentrate".   Is that what I should be getting?   It seems like a lot of grounds for such a small amount.   If that is the correct procedure then how much water should I be adding to it?
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russ5679
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 6:07pm
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That's not the way I use my Aeropress, but I think you are doing it "correctly".  Just add hot water to your concentrate to get your cup of coffee.  

I use my Aeropress more like a traditional french press.  I invert the aeropress, dump in my grounds ( I use a coarse grind), pour in water until the aeropress is completely full.  I let it steep for 3 to 4 minutes.  I usually stir a little once or twice during steep.  Top off the water if I need to.  Then put the filter on, turn it over and press.

For me that makes a full cup of coffee.  I don't add any additional water.  It's perfect for me.  I love the coffee I get from the aeropress.  I use it every day.

I've read lots of threads here about the aeropress, and people use this thing all kinds of ways.  So I wouldn't focus on the "correct" way to use it.  I would just play around with it until you get a cup of coffee you enjoy from it.  But nothing wrong with doing it "correctly" either.
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javanewbie
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 6:11pm
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I have heard about the inverted method but wanted to try it the regular way first.   With the way you describe how many scoops of coarse grounds do you use?
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russ5679
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 6:32pm
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javanewbie Said:

I have heard about the inverted method but wanted to try it the regular way first.   With the way you describe how many scoops of coarse grounds do you use?

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I use 2 scoops, but my scoop isn't the one that comes with the aeropress.  I think it comes out to around 22 or 24 grams of coffee.
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 6:52pm
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I use the aeropress like my manual cone.  Same amount of coffee, same amount of water, same grind.  I might make adjustments depending on flavor I got from the last cup.   I just let it drip through then I can press it when I'm out of time or when it's run its course.
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 9:25pm
Subject: Re: new aeropress owner needs advice please
 

javanewbie Said:

When I use 2 scoops and and liquid up to the 2 line I end up with about 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of finished "concentrate".   Is that what I should be getting?   It seems like a lot of grounds for such a small amount.   If that is the correct procedure then how much water should I be adding to it?

Posted November 6, 2012 link

The instructions explain that you have made espresso-strength concentrated brew.  Now dilute that with hot water to make a total of 10 oz American coffee (5 oz per scoop).  Pressing, then diluting is key to smooth brew.

Or, you can dilute with milk instead of water to make a latte.

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Alan
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 7:13am
Subject: Re: new aeropress owner needs advice please
 

AlanAdler Said:

The instructions explain that you have made espresso-strength concentrated brew.  Now dilute that with hot water to make a total of 10 oz American coffee (5 oz per scoop).  Pressing, then diluting is key to smooth brew.

Or, you can dilute with milk instead of water to make a latte.

Best regards,

Alan

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Listen to Alan, he invented the Aeropress.
OH, BTW, I agree with him, not that it means anything. I have used inverted and normal, the Areopress works great either way.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 4:34pm
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Thanks.   I will keep practicing with it.
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