3 AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that anyone can make

In this post, I’ll be covering 3 different AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that you’re guaranteed to love.

If you’ve purchased an AeroPress and have mastered the regular and inverted brewing methods, you’re probably ready and willing to begin branching out and trying some different brewing methods and recipes.

One such method that you’ll definitely want to learn, is the AeroPress cold brew overnight method.

It’s very simple and easy to prepare and results in a delicious small batch of cold brew, perfect for enjoying first thing in the morning or perhaps in the afternoon.

So let’s get into it!

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animated gif of glass mug with AeroPress overnight cold brew inside and milk being poured in.

AeroPress cold brew overnight with Fellow Prismo recipe

Tip: Technically, you don’t have to use the Prismo for this recipe, but I think it definitely helps.

For this one, I followed the cold brew recipe provided by Fellow, the makers of the Prismo.

It’s a little bit different from a standard AeroPress cold brew recipe, in that you can leave it sitting in the regular position rather than the inverted position, as the Prismo is air-tight.

I much prefer being able to leave the AeroPress in the regular position, as it’s a lot more stable.

Also, it produces a cold brew concentrate, so when it’s ready, you’ll need to add some extra water or milk to it. You can purchase your own Prismo if you want to follow this recipe.

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • A Fellow Prismo
  • 35 grams of coarsely ground coffee – due to the long steeping time, if it’s fine, the result will be bitter
  • 130 grams of water (room temperature)

Steps

  1. Prepare the AeroPress by placing it in the inverted position, with the plunger inserted just above the number 4 on the AeroPress chamber.
  2. Pour in your 35 grams of ground coffee and 130 grams of water.
  3. Stir the coffee for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Attach the Fellow Prismo cap onto the end of the AeroPress chamber.
  5. Place the AeroPress in your fridge for at least 12 and up to 24 hours. If using a Fellow Prismo, you can place it either in the inverted or regular position.
  6. Once you’ve left it for between 12 – 24 hours, grab your best glass mug (with ice added, if you want to make it extra cold!) and place the AeroPress on top. Press the AeroPress into your cup.
  7. Add sugar/milk to taste and enjoy your delicious reward. It’s well worth the wait!

Animated gif of pressing cold brew from AeroPress with Fellow Prismo into glass mug with ice.It’s worth noting that one of the ways to wear out the rubber gasket on your AeroPress plunger, is to leave it compressed inside the main chamber.

Brewing cold brew with this method is doing just that, so if that bothers you, don’t use this method too regularly.

Of course, you can always purchase a replacement rubber gasket.

On to the next recipe!

Traditional cold brew with an AeroPress finish

This recipe was found on reddit. It adds an AeroPress twist to the standard cold brew recipe.

You prepare the coffee in a jar, stick it in the fridge overnight, and then press it through the AeroPress when you’re ready to drink it. Simple!

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • ⅔ cup of medium fine ground coffee (about 60 grams)
  • 1 ½ cups of cold water
  • A jar with an air-tight lid

Steps

  1. Pour the ground coffee and water into the jar.
  2. Stir the coffee for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and place it in your fridge for 10 – 12 hours.
  4. When it’s ready to drink, prepare a cup with some ice and put your AeroPress on top.
  5. Pour the cold brew concentrate into the AeroPress chamber up to the number 2.
  6. Top it up with some cold water up to the number 4 and press it into the cup.
  7. Add milk/sugar to taste.

Like I said, simple! Let’s take a look at recipe number 3.

Cold brew with the PuckPuck AeroPress attachment

OK, I’m going to be honest here, this next one isn’t an overnight recipe. In fact, if done correctly, it should only take about 2 ½ to 3 hours to brew. That’s pretty amazing!

I thought I had to include it in this post though, as the long brew time is one of the only downsides to cold brew. So tell me, who doesn’t want quick cold brew?!

“How is that possible”, you ask? It’s all due to the help of an AeroPress attachment called the PuckPuck, which controls the flow of water into your AeroPress allowing you to make a slow-drip brew.

You can check out their website if you want to learn more about the Puck Puck.

Let’s get into it!

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • A Puck Puck
  • A Puck Puck water vessel or compatible water bottle
  • 38 grams of medium ground coffee
  • 400 mls of cold water
  • 100 grams of ice
  • A jug or jar

Steps

  1. Remove the splash filter from the base of the PuckPuck. Unscrew and rinse both parts of the PuckPuck with hot water, making sure that all four vent holes are unblocked, and then them screw back together
  2. Put one of your AeroPress paper filters into the AeroPress cap and attach it to the AeroPress chamber
  3. Pour the ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently shake it so it’s level. Place the Puck Puck splash filter on top of the coffee grounds.
  4. Place your AeroPress on a jug or jar. Attach the Puck Puck water vessel or compatible water bottle to the Puck Puck and place it on top of the AeroPress
  5. Add the 100 grams of ice and then add the 400 mls of cold water to the vessel
  6. Adjust the drip rate of the PuckPuck by slowly turning it until you start to see drips coming out of the valves. To achieve a 2 ½ to 3 hour brew time, you should be getting about 50 drips per minute.
  7. If you want some help getting the timing right, you can even use the PuckPuck app. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices and helps you accurately adjust your drip rate.
  8. Once finished, pour it into your favourite cup and add milk/sugar to taste.

Conclusion

There we have it, 3 AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that anyone can make. I hope you found these recipes helpful and have some fun making them.

You can experiment with the timings a little and taste the varying results. Make sure to take note of what method and timing you used, so if it’s a good one, you can make it again.

Have you tried any of these recipes? How did it turn out? Have you got another recipe to suggest? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

What is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?

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If you’re like me, you probably first found out about the AeroPress Coffee Maker when you visited your friend’s house and they offered to make you a cup of coffee.

After watching your friend brew your first AeroPress coffee, there’s no doubt in my mind that you would have continued to think about it on occasion, all the while knowing that one day you would have your very own.

But perhaps you’re not like me and have no idea what an AeroPress is, how it works, it’s benefits or even who made it.

Well you’re sure in luck then, as those are some of the very points I’m going to cover in this article.

What is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?

An AeroPress sitting on a kitchen bench with its box in the background.

The AeroPress coffee maker is an innovative device used to brew coffee. The coffee is steeped for about 10 to 50 seconds in the coffee maker, but the time may differ depending on the strength and the texture of the grinds.

After steeping, you need to press the plunger through the tube and the coffee is forced through a filter. The primary filters used on this coffee maker are the AeroPress paper filters or disc-shaped filters made using thin metals.

The AeroPress comes with two cylinders, and the one with a flexible airtight seal fits inside the larger cylinder.

The material used to make the cylinders is polypropylene, which is grey tinted in colour. However, the first machine to be invented had cylinders moulded using clear polycarbonate and clear co-polyester, which later was tinted.

When Was the AeroPress Coffee Maker Invented?

The AeroPress coffee maker was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, who is the President of Aerobie.

One day, Adler was having dinner with members of his company. Then the wife of one of the sales managers said she was having problems brewing a single cup of coffee.

At that time, coffee machines made 6 to 8 cups of coffee per brew. Adler studied the pre-existing coffee makers, and he found gaps.

After a year of research and designing, he filled those gaps with AeroPress. It was highly appreciated because this meant no more coffee going to waste.

AeroPress – What’s in the Box?

The box has:

  • the AeroPress tube and piston,
  • a stirring wand,
  • coffee scoop,
  • coffee funnel,
  • the plastic filter holder,
  • 350 paper filters and
  • a filter cap.

A manual to help you put the parts together is also included in the box.

The AeroPress coffee maker is gaining popularity nowadays because it is convenient, compact and makes great coffee. Other than giving you your preferred amount of coffee, it is healthier for your body as it is less acidic.

If you want a reliable coffee maker, you should definitely consider buying an AeroPress.

aeropress and all accessories laid out on bench
AeroPress – what’s in the box. Click this image to see it on Amazon.

How to use an AeroPress –  inverted method Vs regular

Two methods of brewing are possible using the AeroPress coffee machine: regular and inverted methods.

Regular method

The conventional process of brewing involves:

  1. placing ground coffee on top of a paper microfilter that is put in the bottom of the larger cylinder,
  2. pour hot water at 79 or 85 °C (175 or 185 °F) over the coffee,
  3. stir for about 10 seconds,
  4. push the plunger downwards to force the coffee through the microfilter.

Most baristas that use this method use fine grounds, and they often use a dose of 14 and 20gm with about 200 to 230 ml of water.

Inverted method

In the inverted brewing method, the formula is reversed:

  1. place the plunger into the cylinder from the beginning of the process,
  2. the entire machine stands upside down, which means that the plunger is close to the top of the column,
  3. add the coffee grinds depending on your preference, followed by water and then stir the mix,
  4. place the filter on the filter cap, and moisten it to help it stick,
  5. the AeroPress cap is placed on top of the column and then screwed in place,
  6. when brewing is done to your desire, you should turn the AeroPress right side up and then plunge it like in the traditional brewing method.

Also, some people don’t turn the machine right side up but hold it at an angle and plunge it horizontally.

Watch the following short video to see the inventor, Alan Adler, take you through how he makes a cup of coffee with the AeroPress.

Can AeroPress Make Cold Brew?

Yes. Cold brew is made in an AeroPress using room temperature water. However, you need to use fine ground coffee, and you may have to stir the mixture for long, which is about one minute, as opposed to the ten seconds when making a hot brew.

Also, you can add ice or cold milk if you want to add flavour to your cold brew.

If want to take your cold brew to the next level, you can even purchase a third-party attachment called the PuckPuck. The PuckPuck attaches to the top of the AeroPress and allows you to make slow-drip coffee, which is perfect for cold brew.

You can purchase the PuckPuck with a 500ml water container, or on its own for slightly cheaper. If you do decide to buy it on its own, you will need to screw your own suitable-fitting water bottle into the PuckPuck instead.

It’s also possible to make cold brew using a 12-24 hour steep using the Fellow Prismo. If you’re not sure what that is, I recently wrote a review on the Fellow Prismo attachment for AeroPress.

I also recently wrote a post about cold brew.

Can You Use AeroPress for Tea?

The AeroPress machine can be used to make tea. However, you can only use the inverted brewing method when making tea.

  1. First, insert the plunger into the machine’s column and let it stand upside down.
  2. Put the preferred amount of your favourite tea grinds on the column and then add nearly boiling water.
  3. Stir the mixture for sixty to ninety seconds.
  4. Add a filter to the AeroPress cap and let the machine stand upright. Flip the coffee maker over a cup and then press the plunger through the cylinder until all the tea is extracted.
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Can You Reuse AeroPress Filters?

Yes. After you have finished pressing, peel the filter from the coffee puck, rinse it, and then place it in the filter cap to dry in position. This filter is eligible for use during your next pressing.

Also, you can decide to get the metal filter that you can reuse many times. Metal filters are advantageous as they allow microscopic coffee grounds to get into your mug, which adds flavour to your coffee.

Also, they allow coffee’s natural oils into your cup. These oils are responsible for coffee’s smoothness and flavours. Besides, it is more suitable for travelling with a metal filter since all you need to do is wash it and pack it.

A new AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A new AeroPress filter.

A used AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A used AeroPress filter.

Can AeroPress go in the Dishwasher?

Yes, the AeroPress coffee maker is safe on the top shelf of the dishwasher, but it’s not really necessary for it to go in the dishwasher. This is because the machine doesn’t usually get extremely dirty, as the plunger does a great job of cleaning the system as you press.

So while your AeroPress can go in the dishwasher, if you don’t like the smell of soap afterwards you can always use Bar Keeper’s Friend, a cleaning agent that lacks soap taste or smell.

This agent is an abrasive, and therefore you should not scrub. Rinse it by hand using hot water, and you will love the results.

Why is AeroPress Coffee Less Acidic?

Due to the shorter filter time and lower temperature used on the machine, the coffee produced is always less acidic. The water temperature used in AeroPress is approximately 175 or 185 °F (79 or 85 °C).

This low temperature has a low strength of releasing high amounts of acids from the grinds. Moreover, ten seconds of stirring is a short time for the grinds to release high amounts of acid.

Consequently, the coffee yielded usually has low levels of phosphoric acid. Also, AeroPress allows you to use coarser grinds, which produce coffee that has low levels of phosphoric acid.

Conclusion

So there you have it. I know I haven’t answered all the questions about the AeroPress, but I do hope that I’ve left you with a little bit more insight into it than you arrived here with.

If you have a question or perhaps an interesting story about how you first learnt about it, let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

How coarse should I grind coffee for cold brew?

If you’ve decided to make your own cold brew coffee at home and never tried the process before, you’ve probably got various questions going around your head, just like “How coarse should I grind coffee for cold brew”, right?

The type of grind you’ll want for a cold brew is coarse, but there’s much more to know than just that. Luckily for you, it’s actually a very simple process, but it does take much longer than a regular coffee brew.

For this post, we’ll be taking you through the process of making your own cold brew coffee and attempting to answer some of the questions you might have along the way, such as:

  • What do I need to make it?
  • How should I strain it when it’s ready?
  • What is the brew time?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Does it have more or less caffeine?

So let’s begin!

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What do I need to make cold brew coffee at home?

black liquid with ice cubes on Mason jar

There’s not much required to make cold brew coffee at home. The minimum requirements are:

  • A big air-tight jar or container to brew the coffee
  • Ground coffee
  • Cold water
  • Cheesecloth and strainer (or a paper filter and a funnel) for filtering the coffee once the brew is ready
  • Another big jar or container to use when filtering the coffee

The ratio of water to coffee grounds is about four cups of water to one cup of coffee grounds. This will make about eight cups of coffee, once diluted.

Should I use a fine or coarse grind?

In regards to the coarseness of the grind, you definitely DON’T want a fine grind, as this will produce a bitter brew. The grind should be coarse, about the same consistency as breadcrumbs or coarse sand.

Grind the coffee beans and pour the coarse ground coffee into the big jar.

Add the water and use a spoon to stir the mixture.

Seal the jar and leave it to steep.

Leaving it at room temperature is fine, but you’ll want to keep it out of direct sunlight.

reflection of cold brew neon sign on glass wall

How long does it take to brew?

The colder the water is, the longer it needs to be left to steep. We’d recommend between 18-24 hours for a smooth brew. Less time than that and the brew will likely be weak and bitter.

If you decide to leave it to steep in the fridge, it will be best to leave it for at least 24 hours.

How should I strain the cold brew when it’s ready?

One option is to put a funnel into a storage jar or container, place a paper filter (or two) over the funnel and pour the cold brew into the funnel.

While this method is ok, it can be easy to tear paper filters, so the best method is to use a cheesecloth and a strainer. This is done similarly to the funnel and filter method, but instead you place the cheesecloth over the strainer.

Place the strainer over your spare, empty jar/container with the cheesecloth sitting on top and then pour in the brewed coffee. This filtering process can take time, so be sure to pour the coffee slowly to avoid any spillage.

DO NOT press/squeeze the coffee grounds to extract liquid from them! This will not give you any benefit, but instead extract the bitterness from the beans.

Your brew is now ready to consume. Ensure that you add one part water or milk to one part coffee.

Do I need any devices to make it? (plunger, etc)

While you certainly don’t need any devices to make your own, there are plenty of options available that can simplify and perhaps speed-up the process (but not the brew time).

Let’s take a quick look at some of these now:

  • Hario MCPN-14CBR Cold Brew Pot – One of the popular choices on amazon.com, this Japanese made cold brew pot makes 1 litre of coffee. It’s basically a glass jug with a mesh filter for the coffee, so very simple to use. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
  • Toddy Cold Brew System – Another very popular choice on amazon.com, this is a slightly more expensive option. It comes with a glass decanter with a lid, two reusable filters, a rubber stopper, instructions and a recipe guide. It also includes a one year manufacturer’s warranty (when purchased from an authorised reseller). One thing to mention is that the filters required will need to be replaced after 10 -12 uses or after three months, however you can extend their life if you use it together with a Toddy Paper Filter.
  • Primula Burke Cold Bew Coffee Maker – A similar option to the Hario MCPN-14CBR Cold Brew Pot, but a slightly larger volume of 1.5 litres. Overwhelmingly positive reviews.

The AeroPress is also worth mentioning here as a coffee maker that can be used for cold brew. If you’re interested in learning how to use it for making cold brew, check out my post with 3 cold brew overnight recipes.

An AeroPress sitting on a kitchen bench with its box in the background.

What are the benefits (if any)?

There are definitely some benefits to cold brew coffee over hot brew coffee. While there may be more than this, the benefits we could find were:

  • Low acidity – According to research by Toddy, compared to hot brew coffee, cold brew coffee is 67% lower in acidity. This not only improves the taste of the coffee, but also makes it gentler on your stomach.
  • Less bitter – It’s less bitter than hot brew coffee, due to the fact that heat extracts acidic oils from the beans, in particular the acidic oils that give it a bitter taste. If you find that yours is bitter, it could be because your grind is too fine or perhaps the brewing time was too long, leading to over-extraction.
  • Great in the summer when you’d still like to drink a cup of coffee, but the weather is too hot for a hot brew.
  • Easy to make a large amount for drinking throughout the week, which can be simply stored in the fridge.

Does it have more or less caffeine?

This is a tricky question to answer and requires a bit of explaining.

It generally extracts less caffeine from the coffee beans than a hot brew, however, because the ratio of ground coffee to water required is much higher (about 1:4), the finished product is stronger, more of a coffee concentrate.

You’ll want to add some water or milk to it when you’re ready to drink it, about one part coffee to one part water or milk.

So when comparing by volume, it’s about two times stronger than hot brew, which is why you’ll want to dilute it.

How long does cold brew coffee last?

You can safely store your concentrate in the fridge for around two weeks, but the flavour will begin to decline after about a week. If the coffee has been diluted with water, it will only keep for about half as long.

Please let me know in the comments below how your cold brew turned out!

Stay caffeinated!