How to Make Espresso With Your Aeropress

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Making AeroPress Espresso

When making your favorite espresso, you need to have the right tools, and you might only have an AeroPress to help you. But do you know if your AeroPress is really going to work for your espresso? Or are you going to need to keep looking in order to get things, right?

Espresso – A Quick Overview

In case you’re not quite clear on just what an espresso is, it’s actually a highly concentrated coffee beverage that has a great deal of flavor, but they can be complicated for some to create. In fact, these drinks create a ‘shot’ that ends up right around 1 oz that uses about 7 grams of coffee.

You use about 9 bars of pressure to push steaming hot water through extremely fine grounds. This creates the strength of the beverage that makes it so well known. It also ensures you’re going to get the real punch of caffeine that you’re expecting as well.

Popular Aeropress Espresso Coffee Drinks

Espresso can be a drink entirely on its own, and many people like a single or double shot of espresso. You can also get a slightly smaller shot called a ristretto or a slightly middle of the road size, one that’s called a lungo. But these are drinks that are only espresso. There are also drinks that are made with espresso.

Espresso Macchiato – This drink includes a single shot of espresso with a thick layer of foamed milk over the top.

Espresso con Panna – With this drink, you get a single shot of espresso covered with a thick layer of whipped cream.

Café Breve – Here, you’ll get a single shot of espresso that’s topped with a thick layer of steamed half and half (also known as light cream).

Cappuccino – This one is a single shot of espresso with a layer of steamed milk (but not foam).

Café Latte – You’ll get a single shot of espresso, which is then mixed with about 6 ounces of steamed milk and then topped with a layer of milk foam.

Café Americano – This one is a single shot of espresso with approximately 6 ounces of hot water to slim it down.

Flavored Drinks – If you want to get a flavored drink, you can mix a single shot of espresso with any of the above ingredients and then add some of your favorite flavored syrup, like caramel or chocolate.

Iced Drinks – This is the same as the flavored drinks except, instead of the espresso being hot, it’s chilled. Then you mix it with milk or half and half and add syrup and ice.

What’s the AeroPress?

An AeroPress is a machine that brews a single cup of espresso using three different pieces. These include a brewing chamber, a plunger, and a filter cap. That’s all that it takes, and it’s super simple for a reason. It’s meant to be relatively basic and safe for your coffee beverage.

This machine uses a specific amount of pressure to extract the coffee flavor from the grounds that you’re using. It’s able to do this extremely quickly, as well, because it has a great deal of pressure. This means you get a cup of coffee in under two minutes.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the AeroPress

Convenient Size – One of the best features of the AeroPress is that it’s actually conveniently sized. Because it’s geared toward making a single cup of espresso at a time, it’s small and compact. That means you can take it with you anywhere and it all stores together.

No Electricity Needed – This is a manual tool, which means you’re not going to need electricity in order to use it. Instead, you’re going to apply the pressure yourself. That makes it even more convenient to take with you wherever you go.

Durable – This is a durable piece of machinery because it’s simply made with polypropylene. That’s a pretty tough type of plastic that can take just about anything you throw at it.

Process – The process of making the espresso is actually quite simple. You’re going to need to put some effort and work into it, but you’re going to find it’s a very simple way to go about getting a coffee.

How the AeroPress Works

When you’re ready to make your first espresso with your AeroPress, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

  1. Set the AeroPress on top of your mug or cup.
  2. Put the filter cap in and fill with paper filter and ground coffee.
  3. Pour in hot water.
  4. Insert plunger and press down.
  5. The espresso will be pressed through and into your cup.

How to Clean an AeroPress Coffee Maker

Cleaning your AeroPress coffee maker is a lot easier than you might think. It actually only takes a few steps to get it done right and have your coffee maker ready for the next cup.

  1. Rinse with clean water.
  2. Wipe out any coffee grounds.
  3. Dump the filter.
  4. Wash with soap.

If you have any problems or you need to deep clean your AeroPress you’ll want to:

  1. Soak the filter with 2 cups water, soap, and 2 tablespoons each citric acid and hydrogen peroxide for approximately 4 hours.

    or

  2. Boil the filter in a 1:13 mixture of white vinegar and water and then soak for 6 hours.

Either of these methods should be used with a dishwasher run to make sure all of the material is out of the unit.

Why the AeroPress May Fall Short on Espresso

Now, an AeroPress machine is commonly used for espresso, but they’re not necessarily the best way to go. After all, you’re going to have a low amount of pressure, which can produce a weaker cup of coffee compared to what you would get with an espresso machine.

You’re also going to have less of the foam that you would otherwise get.

You’ll find it’s difficult to use an AeroPress with some of the fine ground that you get with an espresso. If you get too much fine coffee grounds, you’re going to have a hard time forcing the water through properly to get the right balance of flavor.

Summary

You can absolutely make a cup of espresso with an AeroPress if you really want to, but you’re not necessarily going to get the best tasting espresso or one that technically qualifies as an espresso. Instead, you’re going to get a slightly stronger cup of coffee, if you’re able to put in enough of the pressure to get those oils out.

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