Thoughts on James Hoffman’s ultimate AeroPress technique

James Hoffman recently finished his AeroPress video series with his ultimate AeroPress technique video.

I quite like his no nonsense approach to it, it’s a great way for anyone to learn how to make a great cup of coffee from an AeroPress in as few steps as possible.

It differs a little from my AeroPress technique, but the underlying principles are the same:

  • Use boiling water for the greatest amount of extraction.
  • Steep for at least 2 minutes, again for greater extraction.
  • Gently press when plunging to avoid channelling and get a more even extraction (extraction, extraction, extraction 😂)

I’m going to stick to using the inversion method as it means all of the water is in contact with the coffee for longer, and I just prefer it because I don’t have to rush to re-add the plunger to stop too much water leaking through, but it likely has little affect on the end result.