There are many ways to brew coffee, and the AeroPress inverted method is one of the simplest and most effective. This guide provides a step-by-step instruction on how to make a perfect cup of coffee using the AeroPress inverted method. With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee made with the AeroPress!
About the AeroPress Inverted Method
The AeroPress inverted method is an immersion brewing method in which the coffee grounds are placed in the bottom of the AeroPress chamber, and hot water is added on top. The AeroPress is then flipped over and placed on top of a mug or cup. This allows the coffee to brew for a longer period of time, resulting in a richer and more flavorful cup of coffee.
In addition to brewing a more flavorful cup of coffee, the inverted brewing method can be used to make a fantastic cup of espresso or even tea. If you’re looking for a more intense coffee experience, the inverted AeroPress method is definitely worth trying!
What You Will Need
To brew coffee using the AeroPress inverted method, you will need:
– 1 AeroPress coffee maker
– 1 AeroPress filter
– 1 mug or cup
– 14 grams (1 tablespoon) of ground coffee
– 8 ounces of hot water (you can use a stove kettle or for best results use a electric kettle with an adjustable temperature like the SAKI Baristan.
The AeroPress Inverted Method (aka the upside down AeroPress)
1. Place the AeroPress filter into the cap and screw it onto the chamber. Rinse the filter with warm water. This will help to remove any paper taste from the filter.
2) Start by heating up your water to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
3) While your water is heating up, grind your coffee beans to a medium-fine grind. In between a fine Turkish coffee grind and a coarse French Roast grind. Your grind should be the consistency of rough beach sand.
4) Next, place the AeroPress filter into the cap and screw it onto the chamber. This will create a seal, so make sure it’s tight.
5) Then, add your ground coffee (14 – 15 grams) to the chamber.
6) Once your water is heated, slowly pour it over the grounds, filling the chamber enough to cover the coffee grinds.
7) Stir gently for about 10 seconds. You will want to stir in a circular motion.
8) After stirring, wait for 30 – 45 seconds. This will allow the coffee to “bloom”.
9) After the grounds have bloomed, add the remainder of the water. After all the water is added, wait another 1:30 seconds.
10) Attach the cap and screw it in place.
11) Flip the AeroPress over and place it on top of your mug or cup. (the cap will be facing the mud)
12) Slowly press the plunger down, using even pressure. This should take 20-30 seconds.
13) Enjoy your delicious coffee.
Benefits of the Upside Down AeroPress Method
There are many benefits to brewing coffee with the AeroPress inverted method compared to other brewing types. One of the main benefits is that the coffee grounds are in contact with the water for a longer period of time, resulting in a richer and more flavorful cup of coffee.
The inverted method also gives you better control over the brew time. By brewing for a longer period of time, you can extract more flavor from the coffee grounds. This will get you closer to the flavor of a French Roast brew compared to a traditional AeroPress brew.
Another benefit of the inverted method is that it’s easier to clean up. Since the coffee grounds are in the bottom chamber, they don’t get stuck in the filter like they can with the traditional AeroPress method.
In addition, the inverted brewing method can be used to make a fantastic cup of espresso or even tea. If you’re looking for a more intense coffee experience, the inverted AeroPress method is definitely worth trying!
AeroPress Inverted Method Brewing Tips
Below I have listed some AeroPress inverted brewing tips to get a great cup of coffee every time using the AeroPress in the inverted method:
AeroPress Inverted Coffee to Water Ratio
When it comes to the water to coffee ratio, I recommend using a 1:15 ratio. This means for every gram of coffee you use, you’ll need 15 grams of water.
For example, if you’re using 14 grams of coffee, you’ll need 224 grams of water (14 x 16 = 224). This is about 8 ounces of water in the water to coffee ratio above.
If you want a stronger cup of coffee, use a higher coffee to water ratio like 1:13 or 1:12. For a weaker cup of coffee, use a lower ratio like 1:16 or 1:17.
AeroPress Inverted Brewing Coffee Time
The ideal brewing time for the AeroPress in the inverted method is between 2-3 minutes.
If you want a stronger cup of coffee, brew for the full 3 minutes. If you want a weaker cup of coffee, brew for 2 minutes.
AeroPress Inverted Coffee Grounds Grind Size
The grind size for the AeroPress in the inverted method should be a little finer than you would use for the traditional AeroPress method.
A good starting point is to use a grind size that’s between a fine Turkish coffee grind and a coarse French Roast grind. Your grind should be the consistency of rough beach sand.
If you find that your coffee is too weak, try a finer grind size. If your coffee is too bitter, try a coarser grind size.
AeroPress Inverted Water Temperature
The water temperature for the AeroPress in the inverted method should be between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you don’t have a thermometer, heat your water until it’s just below boiling (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit). Then let it sit for 30-60 seconds to cool off slightly before brewing.
AeroPress Inverted Stirring
It’s important to stir the coffee grounds and water for 10 seconds after adding the water. This will help to evenly distribute the grounds and ensure a more consistent cup of coffee.
Allow to Bloom
It’s also important to wait for 30-45 seconds before adding all the water to allow the grinds to bloom. This will help to release more flavor into your cup of coffee.
Difference Between AeroPress Inverted vs Regular Method
The main difference you will notice is the taste of the brew. The inverted method for AeroPress method produces a richer and more full-bodied cup of coffee.
Another difference is that the inverted method gives you more control over the brew time. This allows you to extract more flavor from the coffee grounds if you want a stronger cup of coffee. This is due to the traditional AeroPress method allows water to leak out of the bottom as soon as water is added.
Wrapping Up – Inverted Method AeroPress
Brewing coffee with the AeroPress inverted method is a simple and effective way to make a great cup of coffee. Just follow the steps above and you’ll be enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in no time!
Can I Make Tea Using the AeroPress Inverted Method?
Yes, you can! Just follow the same steps as above but use your favorite tea instead of coffee.
I will note that I feel a dedicated tea kettle provides a better cup of tea. But the AeroPress is ideal for tea on the go and for camping trips.
What’s the Best Coffee to Use for the Inverted AeroPress Method?
There is no one “best” coffee to use for this brewing method. However, we recommend using a light to medium roast coffee for a more delicate brew. Or a dark roast coffee for a richer and more full-bodied cup of coffee.
How Much Coffee Should I Use for the Inverted AeroPress Method?
We recommend using 14 grams of coffee for the AeroPress inverted brew method. But you can adjust the amount of coffee up or down depending on your personal preferences.
Is the Inverted AeroPress Upside Down Brewing Method Good For Expresso?
Yes, I find the inverted AeroPress method produces a better cup of espresso than the traditional method. This is due to having more control over the brew time.
How Do I Clean the Inverted AeroPress?
The best way to clean your AeroPress is to use hot water and soap. You can also use a brush to help get rid of any coffee grinds that are stuck in the filter. Be sure to rinse it well after cleaning. You can also use a vinegar solution to clean your AeroPress. Just add 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and let it soak for 30 minutes. Then rinse it well with hot water.
Do I Need a Special Stand or Rack For the Inverted AeroPress?
No, you don’t need a special stand or rack. But, it can be helpful to have something to keep your AeroPress from tipping over. You can use a coffee mug or a small bowl.
Do I Need an AeroPress Filter For the Inverted Method?
Yes, you will need an AeroPress filter for this brew method. The paper filters that come with the AeroPress work well. But, you can also use a metal mesh filters if you prefer.
Can I Make Espresso Using the Inverted AeroPress Method?
Yes, you can make espresso using the inverted AeroPress method. Just follow the same steps as above but use a finer grind and less water. You will also want to increase the brew time to around 30-60 seconds.
Note that although using the inverted method is the best way to make espresso with the AeroPress, it will not match a quality espresso machine. The main difference you will notice is the crema. The inverted AeroPress method produces a thinner crema than an espresso machine.