For years on end I have been a hot coffee lover, and wouldn’t accept coffee in any other form than boiling, black, hot liquid. Of course, some cups tastes better than others, but who am I to judge?
I recently (as of October) had rid myself of coffee. I gave the caffeine up and was doing SO GOOD through December. I could wake up without thinking about coffee. I could workout and do everything sans coffee. Well, Christmas rolled around and I received a Starbucks gift card from my parents. I told myself I could get a couple of free drinks and be just fine.
I live quite close to a Starbucks in Montana, so naturally, I get back home and wake up on a cold snowy morning and am just salivating at the thought of coffee. I run to the closest Starbucks and order an iced americano to switch things up. I take my first sip and am hooked once again. I just… ugh..coffee is just amazing.
Since then I had decided that instead of wasting all my money on coffee shop coffee, I would try to create my own that tasted better than the regular 12 cup brew. I found that so many people have a ton of luck with the Aeropress system, so I ordered one online. I think it was roughly 30 dollars? Not too bad for something that makes coffee soooo delicious.
I tinkered around for a couple of weeks trying to find my favorite recipe. I tried something new just about everyday, and I FINALLY managed to make something that I will probably be drinking everyday.
I’m partial to a dark roast coffee. I love the bold, punch you in the face flavor that it gives. I’ve read that it has less caffeine.. so I guess that means I can drink more without getting the jitters? I’m always trying to find excuses.
The first step to making the coffee is to weigh out 20 grams of coffee. You can buy your coffee as grounds or beans, but I think grinding my own coffee makes it tastes a little better, and I can make grounds that are much finer.
I set the plunger at 3 and turn the Aeropress upside down. I add the grounds to the top chamber, which fills roughly to the 2 line.
I then pour some hot water from my kettle over the grounds up to the 1 line. I give it a quick stir to make sure all the grounds are wet. I let this sit for roughly 20 seconds so it can brew.
I’ve read many places that the perfect brewing temperature for coffee is 195 – 205 degrees. Any hotter and it will scald the grounds, so if a good cup of joe is extremely important to you, you might want to get a thermometer! I usually just let the kettle boil and cool for a minute before making my coffee.
After waiting 20 seconds, fill the top chamber the rest of the way up with water.
Then, you’ll screw the top (with a wet filter in it) on and (quickly and carefully) turn the Aeropress over onto a coffee cup. Using even pressure, you’ll push down on the plunger, which will force the coffee through the filter and into your coffee cup.
You can then pour that into a cup filled with ice.
I like my iced coffee way too sweet, so I put 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla in it.
I then pour exactly two tablespoon of the most delicious creamer EVER over my coffee.
I fill my cup the rest of the way with water and give it a quick stir!
I know this probably seems a little complicated, but after some practice this takes me 2 seconds to make. It is SO easy and can be easily whipped together and taken to work. I hope you guys enjoy!!
Aeropress Iced Coffee
- 20 grams Dark Roast Coffee
- 2 pumps Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
- 2 tbsp Hazelnut Creamer
- Set Aeropress to level 3 and turn upside down with the plunger side down.
- Add 20 grams of coffee grounds to the top chamber.
- Add hot water until level 2 is reached. Stir to fully incorporate water in the grounds. Brew for 20 seconds.
- Fill the top chamber with water until it reaches the top. Screw filter on.
- Turn Aeropress over with filter side down on a coffee cup.
- Slowly press the plunger to push the coffee through the filter.
- Pour coffee from cup over ice. Add syrup and creamer. Top off with water and enjoy!