AeroPress – How I Make Coffee

This site is about getting people ready for all of life’s emergencies. With being ready for what life throws at you, you will be prepared for pretty much anything. Getting people to this ready condition has been important to me.

Today will be a bit different, I started thinking about the “Fun” parts of prepping, camping, being outside, and just being ready for life. That’s when it hit me…COFFEE!

I’m not going to lie, I REALLY love coffee. I decided to stop by my local coffee shop today to get motivated to write a blog on something. Let’s face it, for a lot of us out there this is a must! So let’s get into different ways to make coffee “on the go” and best of all, how I make coffee with the AeroPress!

Different Ways to Make Coffee

The way I started to make coffee was with the simple to use, french press. This, to me, is a classic and very easy way to make coffee. You take your ground-up beans, put them inside the press, add hot water, let it sit there for a few minutes, and press away. This is nice because it can make a good amount of coffee (good enough for two, depending on the size of your press).

Then there is the token drip coffee. Everyone knows about this guy. He’s in every coffee shop, gas station, and restaurant. I don’t think this is going to need an explanation, it’s very straight forward. The benefit I find is that you can set it all up and set a timer for when you want your coffee. This is a great advantage that takes the least amount of time.

Pour over is something that I have recently been getting into. It is very interesting and there are a few different ways to make it. The basic principle has a few steps, so I will break them up here:

  1. Place the pour-over device over your coffee cup
  2. Add a filter
  3. Then pour some hot water in the empty filter to wet it, then dump out the water (cuz who wants plain water, this is not about tea). I have also heard this is a way that helps warm up your mug (I guess this is important if your using glass, but not totally sure)
  4. Now add your coffee grounds
  5. Then slowly, and in a circular motion, add hot water over the grounds.

The coffee and water mixtures will bubble a bit and slowly drip into your cup. You will have to keep adding water until you get enough coffee in your cup. This is a very awesome way to make a great cup of coffee. There are even some devices out there that are super lightweight (GSI Outdoors makes a cool one) and awesome to take while hiking, camping, or put in your emergency BOB.

Turkish coffee is probably the best ever! I only had this once but it was amazing! From what I remember it is a slow process and made in a special device made of copper and had a long handle. The coffee grounds that were used were super finely ground. And it was served in a small cup. I would highly recommend trying it if you have a chance. Just remember to leave the last little bit in the bottom of the cup (at least mine had a lot of the small grounds).

Cold Brew. There is a lot of information about this one and you can always buy the concentrated at the store. I really enjoy cold brew but mainly in the summertime, personally I make it in a french press.

Another option and I keep a few always on hand, is instant coffee. I was recently on a road trip, in the middle of nowhere, when I realized I didn’t have enough beans to make a cup of coffee. I then went to my glove box and had an “Emergency” Alpine coffee packet. I have tried a lot of different ones and found two that I like the best. They are Via from Starbucks or Alpine that they sell at REI.

Having a hot beverage when it’s cold outside is a game-changer. For some it is hot cocoa or tea, don’t get me wrong I really do love these beverages too. But if I’m being honest, there is something about coffee…it’s awesome! With that said, for the last five years or so I have used my trusty AeroPress and think it is amazing. Let’s get to it!

The AeroPress!

To me, it is a combination of a french press, pour-over, and drip coffee. I purchased mine about five years ago and have used it practically every day since. I haven’t had a bad cup of coffee with it and it takes little to no time. I also like that I spent about twenty bucks on it, have used it in multiple locations, and it has performed flawlessly. This is one device that I personally will always recommend and have to many of my friends over the years….and now you all too!

How to use the AeroPress:

  1. Separate all the pieces
  2. Add a filter
  3. Twist the bottom piece, with filter, onto the bottom
  4. Add ground beans
  5. Add hot water
  6. Stir for at least 10 seconds (add more water if you want, then stir again)
  7. Use the plunger to press water through
  8. Lift the AeroPress and see the amazing coffee below!

I have found this is the best way to enjoy a cup of coffee. The added benefit is that it is super light and compact. I bring it with me traveling, camping and sometimes hiking (if I don’t want to bring instant). I also match it up with the GSI Outdoors Java Mill so that I can select how fine I want the whole beans to be.

The Beans you Choose

Unlike the different ways to make coffee, beans are a personal choice. It all depends on what your tastes are. Some like mild, and others are into the bold crazy. There are even flavored beans that you can buy.

You can go pretty much anywhere to buy your beans, from coffee stores, grocery stores, and I have even gotten some online. I like to try different types. My local store has beans that you can buy in bulk, so it’s always fun to try them all. I think you can talk a whole lot about the different coffee beans. I go with the medium roasted as they always seem to taste the best to me.

How do you Make Coffee?

There are many ways out there on how to make coffee. This is a way that works best for me. I really do like how the AeroPress (click the link to see the latest price) is on the cheaper side, lightweight, and super easy to use.

I enjoy hearing about other ways to make coffee. Or do you have another way that I missed, or even better any special tips you might have. Leave a comment below so we can all possibly learn something new!

2 Comments

  1. Phil

    The aeropress is not a bad method to make coffee – by not leaving the coffee to stew you are not getting any of the bitter taste from the beans.
    For me a couple of points need to be added to the method you use for the Aeropress.
    One is to wash the filter before putting it into the lid -this removes any paper dust and swells the paper -making the filtering action longer – so while stirring the coffee you don’t have as much leak through the paper filter.
    make sure the plunger rubber piece is wet before insertion – this will make the plunger last a lot longer as the wetness will lubricate hte rubber reducing the chances of tearing the seal.
    The other way i use the aeropress is to insert the plunger about quarter inch and turn it upside down – add the ground coffee and water -stir for about 10 seconds ad then you can leave it for up to 3 mins for the flavor to develop – after this time, having washed the filter and inserted it into the top – screw the top on – invert a mug over top and turn the whole thing upside down – so the plunger is now at the top – press down on the plunger – emptying the aeropress over 10 seconds and apparently you have the perfect cup of coffee.
    I am always amazed at the taste difference with the different methods – the fast plunger action brings the easily dissolved flavors and the longer stew allow more of the deeper flavors to come out.
    I really enjoy using the Aeropress and as you do tend to take it everywhere i can, with preground coffee – so just add water.
    Thanks for the article and i hope you try the other method for the Aeropress.

    • Thanks and you are totally right, I forgot that I wet the plunger first (when you do it everyday it’s tough to get the small stuff I guess). I like your suggestions and will give them a try.

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