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Iced Coffee

Quick & Easy Iced Coffee with the Aeropress

Iced Coffee

While a nice hot cup of coffee can be a nice warm treat on a winter morning, the same cup might be completely undesirable during a summer afternoon. Iced coffee is very easy to make with the AeroPress® coffee maker. The Aeropress brews a delicious cup of iced coffee very quickly, and for only about $25.

If you are a stranger to this wonderful coffee maker, you are in for a treat. The Aeropress uses a simple plunging mechanism to push water through a filter located in the cap of the Aeropress. We have articles on a couple different brewing methods. We cover both standard brewing and inverted brewing. Normally the coffee is dispensed into a cup placed below the brewer. For creating our iced coffee this will be the same, except the cup will be filled with ice.

Keep reading to learn how to create the perfect cup of iced coffee in under 2 minutes!

Brewing Methods for Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is brewed in one of two ways, either a hot brew or a cold brew. Lets discuss the differences between the two brewing methods.

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

Cold brewed coffee is a slow brewed coffee that is never heated.

Advantages:

  • The coffee produced is a stable brew because of its concentrated nature. This enables the brew to be saved for up to two weeks.
  • You can cold brew coffee in bulk and save it for quick and easy iced coffee.

Disadvantages:

  • The cold brew doesn’t have the same complex taste as a hot brewed cup of coffee.
  • The coffee takes up around 12 hours to brew.

Hot Brewed Iced Coffee

The hot brew method involves brewing your coffee hot and then cooling with ice immediately after.

Advantages:

  • Hot brewed coffee finds a big advantage in its flavor. The higher temperature pulls the over 1000 compounds from the coffee grind. This process creates a rich and vibrant taste.
  • The brewing process is much quicker using hot brewed coffee to create your iced drink.

Disadvantages:

  • These wonderful, complex flavors deteriorate quickly as the coffee is cooled.
  • Pouring hot water over ice to quickly cool it can water down the coffee.

Aeropress Iced Coffee Method

The Aeropress coffee maker shows its strengths when brewing iced coffee. It takes some of the more favorable parts of hot and cold brewing and combines them into one powerful little iced coffee brewer.

Advantages:

  • The coffee is brewed hot and thus creates a complex and delicious cup of coffee.
  • The coffee produced is a concentrated form which will be more stable than a diluted hot brew.
  • The Aeropress creates iced coffee very quickly. Roughly 2 minutes from start to finish.

Disadvantages:

  • The Aeropress does not create a large volume of coffee at once.

How to Brew Iced Coffee with the Aeropress

As mentioned above, we are brewing a delicious iced coffee by creating a concentrate with the Aeropress. This means that we need to use an adjusted water to coffee ground ratio.

Lets use a ratio of 24g of coffee per 2.5oz of water. This means we will be using two scoops of ground coffee with just under two shots of water. Use this ratio to create as little or as much brewed concentrate as you need.

We will also be steeping for 90 seconds, which will create a delicious concentrate for our iced coffee.

  • Fill a Cup with Ice
    1. Fill a Cup with Ice
  • Ready the Aeropress Inverted
    2. Ready the Aeropress for Inverted Brewing
  • Add the Coffee Grounds
    3. Add the Coffee Grounds
  • Inverted Aeropress Steep
    4. Add Water and Steep
  • Inverted Cap and Filter
    5. Attach Cap with Filter
  • Aeropress on Glass
    6. Place Aeropress on Glass
  • Plunge
    7. Plunge Concentrate into Glass
  • Add Milk & Sweetener
    8. Add Milk and Sweetener as Desired
  • Stir & Enjoy
    9. Stir & Enjoy!

 

Can You Really Make Espresso with the Aeropress?

Espresso Brew

The Aeropress makes its claim that it is in fact a coffee AND espresso maker. This fact can and is argued by coffee purists. Espresso fanatics are quick to point out that while the Aeropress makes a strong, concentrated coffee blend, it is not quite an espresso brew by definition.

Aeropress Coffee vs Espresso

So what makes coffee a true espresso brew?
Traditional espresso is defined as a 1-2 oz coffee shot brewed from roughly 1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee. Espresso features a layer of foamy cream called crema which is generated because the coffee is brewed under a high pressure.

Espresso shots can be consumed in many ways. Many prefer the straight espresso taste, but espresso is also used to make drinks such as  a latte, mocha, macchiato, cappuccino, or americano.

How does the Aeropress brew compare?
The Aeropress satisfies most but not all of the properties of an espresso brew. The missing property of the Aeropress espresso is the  crema which an espresso maker generates. The Aeropress normally doesn’t brew with a comparable pressure to an espresso maker which is the main reason it normally doesn’t create creama.

Are you an Aeropress fanatic and want a solution to this issue? Don’t worry! There are solutions to the no-creama issue that the Aeropress sees – more on that later.

So what does this mean for Aeropress users?Aeropress Espresso Brew

As was pointed out before, it seems that espresso purists might make the biggest fuss about the true definition of the Aeropress brew. That being said, no matter the coffee drinker, the coffee the Aeropress creates is widely loved!

Call it what you want – its still a great brew!
Go ahead and call the coffee whatever you want; an espresso, a coffee shot, or a strong bit o’ joe. At the end of the day the coffee is delicious and can be used in the same way that espresso can. Want to use your Aeropress to make a coffee shot? Do it! Want to create a delicious cappuccino? Use your beloved press.

We don’t judge how our coffee is brewed as long as it tastes delicious! We love the coffee that the Aeropress creates, and we love the coffee that an expensive espresso maker creates. We hope you do too!

Crema from the Aeropress

If you are a serious Aeropress user then you surely would love to be able to make delicious crema from your press. We have done some research on the subject and gathered our findings in our article on creating crema with the Aeropress.

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