The AeroPress has taken the world by storm and to no surprise coffee enthusiasts have started to experiment with it. Somewhere someone decided to try turning the AeroPress upside down.
This gives you more control over the brewing time to ensure excellent coffee. However, I have to mention that the AeroPress instructions warns against this method.
Yet, it is still a beloved method and worth a try. Just be careful when flipping everything around so you don’t burn yourself.
The Invention of the AeroPress
This amazing coffee maker was invented by Alan Adler. He initially made it because he wasn’t satisfied with the taste that other methods gave him. He wasn’t planning on making a product to sell, however the device ended up being so good that he decided to share it with us.
And I, as well as many other coffee lovers around the globe will always be indebted to him for that.
Inverted AeroPress Brewing Method Steps
1. Heat Water
Alan Adler likes to use water that is about 80ºC/175ºF. However, I’m not going to lie, I am way too lazy to check water temperature when making coffee. I just boil the water and get on with it.
2. Grind Coffee
Next, grind your coffee. Because we are using the inverted AeroPress method, you can get away with a medium grind size. The reason is that the water won’t be able to filter through while you are brewing. So, if you prefer a less bitter taste, you have more freedom using the inverted method.
I prefer a much finer grind size as I like the taste better. In fact, I actually use about an espresso grind. But it is really a matter of personal preference.
Also, you can use pre-ground coffee. I am not a fan of that. I like to grind my coffee beans myself, but that’s just me. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, don’t sweat it. It’s not the end of the world.
3. Push the Plunger Into the Brew Chamber to About Number 4
You want to ensure that the plunger is in deep enough that it is stable. I have found that inserting it to about the number 4 marking you’ll achieve that.
4. Add One Scoop of Coffee Into the Brewing Chamber
Most people weigh the coffee and the water, but uhmm… no. It takes more time and I don’t have the patience to measure the amount of grams of coffee that I use. I take a scoop of coffee grounds and leave it at that. I always end up with delicious coffee and that is good enough for me.
5. Add Water to About Number 1
Now, you add the hot water. The amount of water that you add depends on how strong a brew you’d like. Most people recommends about 200g water, which amounts to filling the brewing chamber almost all the way. But once again, I really have no need to measure the grams of water. 200g of water is about the same as 200 ml of water.
However, you have a lot of freedom with the ratio of coffee to water. Personally I like to use less water because I like a stronger cup of coffee. Using as much water as other people results in a brew that tastes similar to French press coffee and if I wanted that I would have used a French press.
I fill the brewing chamber to about between markings 3 and 4 with the AeroPress coffee maker upside down.
6. Stir the Coffee and Water
Now, you stir the coffee and water a bit to make sure that all the grounds are wet.
7. Let it Brew for 2 Minutes
Most people recommend a brew time of 2 minutes. However with this method as opposed to the traditional method you can adjust the steep time easily. With the standard method that water starts to filer through quite soon. So you really can’t steep it for that long.
8. Wet a Paper Filter and Put It in the Filter Cap
If you wet the paper AeroPress filter it won’t fall out of the filter cap when you screw it on. Trust me, this extra step is actually worth your time.
I use paper filters, but a metal filter works well too.
9. Screw on the Filter Cap and Put the Cup Over it Upside Down
Next, screw on the filter cap with the filter in. Then, put a sturdy coffee mug upside-down on top of the AeroPress.
10. Turn the AeroPress Around
Next, flip it all over so the AeroPress is now on top of the mug.
11. Gently Press Down on the Plunger
Now, press down gently on the plunger. If you struggle a lot, it means that you probably used too fine a grind. Next time, go for a coarser grind.
Many people say you should only plunge until you hear a hissing sound, but I press it all the way down.
The Differences Between the AeroPress Inverted Method and the Regular Brewing Method
In my opinion the only pro of using the inverted method over the traditional way is that you can go for a longer extraction time. With the normal method the water starts to seep through the filter quite soon so you can’t steep it for a longer period of time. This gives you far more control over the resulting brew.
Some Problems That Might Arise
If the coffee is too weak to your taste, you can either adjust the coffee-to-water ratio by adding more coffee. Or you can increase the brewing time.
The same is true for when your coffee is too strong. Well, technically it is the opposite, but you adjust the same things. Either you use less coffee, or you steep it for a shorter amount of time.
Too Sour Coffee
If your coffee is too sour, try a finer g
Too Bitter Coffee
If you end up with a cup of coffee that is too bitter, try a coarser grind.
Plunger is Difficult to Press
If you struggle to press the plunger, chances are, you used a grind that is too fine. Next time, try using a coarser grind.
If you are wondering how a moka pot and AeroPress differs, I have a post about an AeroPress vs a Moka pot.