How to Make Cold Brew with an Aeropress

Aeropress

Since its invention, the Aeropress has continued to grow in popularity each year, and today it is one of the common coffee gadgets in the homes of many coffee lovers. Its simplicity, small price tag, and ease of cleaning are some of the things that have seen this coffee maker grow in popularity over the years.

The World Aeropress Championship is yet another thing that has really advocated for the use of this small gadget. Held annually to showcase some of the best recipes, this championship has continued to prove Aeropress brewing is a serious thing. 

Perfect for cold brew

Aeropress is a perfect coffee maker for cold brewing. This machine does an excellent job, and we will tell you how to use it to make a perfect cup of java in a jiffy. But first, here are a few things you need to know about cold brewing

  • Serious planning is needed to enjoy a perfect cup of cold brew coffee.
  • Cold brewing is done with room temperature water.
  • You need steep coarsely ground coffee for about 12-24 hours, never less than 6 hours.

Preparing your cold brew

Aeropress

Now let’s see how you can make cold brew with Aeropress:

The old school method

This method requires a lot of your patience and involves using room temperature water and coarse grind to make your Aeropress cold-brew. You must follow the traditional cold brew preparing time (leave the water in the chamber for about 12-24 hours) to enjoy a refreshing cup of cold brew coffee.

Aeropress iced coffee 

ice coffee

There are moments coffee anxiety will not let you accomplish anything, and if craving cold coffee, the quick fix would be to prepare Aeropress iced coffee through the traditional way (using Aeropress) and then pour the concentrated coffee over ice. 

The traditional Aeropress method involves using medium-coarse grind, 16 grams of ground coffee for an 8oz serving, 185F water temperature, 10-second stir, and a 1-minute steep time. While this is not cold brewing, the resulting brew (iced coffee made with Aeropress) will still leave your taste buds thankful. 

1-minuted cold brew

As the name suggests, this method gets you cold brew coffee in one minute. No hot water is used in the process, and your java is ready in no time. Is that not great? 

This method means using finely ground coffee, cold water, 1-minute stir instead of the usual 10-seconds stir, and then pushing the plunger. 

Note: Skipping the 1-minute stir will result in a weak beverage. This is because the ground coffee is fine 

PuckPuck

PUCKPUCK

Before we shift to something else, let’s learn a bit about puckpuck, a cold brewing gadget designed by Aeropress. PuckPuck sits neatly on top of your Aeropress, allowing for slow dripped coffee suitable for cold brewing.  

Can you make the cold brew hot again?

So you have your cold brew and craving for a hot cup of coffee, is it ok to heat it? Well, if not concerned about coffee acidity, it is ok to heat your java. Cold brew is said to be 67% less acidic than the usual brewed coffee, and hence good for you if you want coffee that is easier on your stomach.

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If you have to heat your cold brew, we recommend topping it off with boiling water. If you decide to use a microwave, be cautious as the risk of burning your coffee is very high. Alternatively, warm it in the microwave just a bit (about 10 seconds) and then top it off with hot water.

What about tea?

Aeropress is truly a versatile machine and will let you make tea as you normally would when making coffee. To prepare tea, use the inverted method and let tea leaves and water brew in the chamber for the desired time, and then push down the plunger as usual. 

Wrap up

You will not regret having your Aeropress in the house during hot days. This coffee maker makes sure you have enough cold coffee throughout. For the best experience when brewing Aeropress cold brew, make sure to follow the steps outlined in each method. 

Need more information about cold brewing with Aeropress? Let us know!

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