As a coffee lover, I’m always looking for ways to experiment with my favorite brewing methods.
When I discovered that you could use an Aeropress to make cold brew coffee at home, it was like finding buried treasure!
After countless experiments and modifications, I’ve developed a foolproof method for making delicious cold brew using just your AeroPress.
Let’s get started on our journey towards becoming chilly baristas in no time flat – let’s learn how to make Cold Brew Coffee with an Aeropress!
Cold brew in minutes, not hours? Is it possible?
I was skeptical when I read Alan Adler’s (the inventor of the Aeropress) original cold brew method.
Everybody knows it takes 12-24 hours to make a cold brew due to the extended steep time.
But after trying and experimenting loads, I can confidently say that the Aeropress can make cold brew coffee in minutes instead of hours!
This magic contraption is a godsend for busy bee home baristas like me who don’t always have time to let it sit overnight.
Like on a hot summer afternoon.
With AeroPress, you get results almost instantaneously and with no mess or fuss – all that’s required are some freshly ground beans, filtered water, and 2 minutes of brew time.
What is the best coffee grind size to use?
When making a cold brew with the AeroPress, one of the most critical factors for success is choosing the right grind size. Too coarse, and your coffee will be weak; too fine, and you’ll wind up with a bitter cup that no steeping can fix.
After much trial-and-error in my kitchen, I have found that an espresso grind works best for making quick cold brews with the Aeropress.
A coarse grind that you would use for the 12-hour cold brew does not work here. They render weak results.
On the other end of the spectrum, too fine coffee grounds muddle flavor and add unwanted bitterness.
What kind of coffee beans should I use?
You can use whatever kinds of beans tickle your fancy.
That being said, if bold and smooth are what you’re after, then using a medium-dark roast or dark roast will get you there quickly since they have less acidity than lighter roasts.
Here is a list of what I think are the best coffee beans for making cold brew.
My personal preference has always been natural processed coffees as they pull out plenty of flavor compounds giving it amazing depth and complexity, even when brewed in colder temperatures like this method.
As far as origin goes… well, that’s up for experimentation too.
Try different blends from around the world and see how each one fares.
AeroPress cold brew water ratio
When it comes to making cold brew with an AeroPress, one of the most important things to get right is the water-to-coffee ratio.
The ideal coffee-water ratio is 1:8 for the quick Aeropress cold-brew method, meaning that for every gram of ground coffee, you use 8 grams of water.
Too much water and you’ll end up with a weak cup; too little and your beverage may taste overly concentrated or bitter.
I know from experience that finding the perfect amount for me can be tricky – but thankfully, having an Aeropress means playing around with different ratios is quick, easy, and fun!
How to make cold brew in your AeroPress (steps)
What can you add to your cold brew coffee?
Now that you know how to make cold brew coffee with an AeroPress, it’s time to determine what else can be done with this magical concoction.
- Sure, you could just drink your delicious cup of joe as is, dilute it with cold water or with ice cubes – but why not add a little something extra?
- One way might be diluting the strength of your brew by adding some water. This will give you more volume and allow you to sip over a longer period without getting too buzzed off caffeine overload.
- Another basic addition is dairy milk or creamer. It’s nice but becomes mundane after a while.
- If you’re feeling fancy or need an added flavor boost, throw in a splash (or two) of coconut or almond milk.
- If you crave a sweeter taste, use maple syrup instead of sugar.
Just remember to keep the cold brew concentrate pure so it can be stored longer in the fridge, up to 10 days.
Overall, cold brewing with an Aeropress may not be the easiest way to make a cup of coffee but it sure is one of the most interesting!
With its easy-to-use filter and small capacity for experimenting without wasting lots of beans, this method has become my go-to. Of course, if you want something simpler, you can always go for a Japanese-style iced coffee with your AeroPress.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your AeroPress and start brewing some delicious cold brew today – it will be ready in a couple of minutes.
Let me know how it went in a comment below!