James Hoffman Ultimate Aeropress Technique

This recipe comes from James Hoffmann, winner of the 2007 World Barista Championships and author of the critically-acclaimed World Atlas of Coffee. You can also watch his YouTube video here.


  • 11g coffee ground at the finer end of medium*
  • 200g water (brought to a boil and used immediately)
  • Put the filter into the cap. Don't rinse or preheat the brewer 
  • Put coffee into the brewer 
  • Place Aeropress on scales and then add water, aiming to wet all the coffee during pouring
  • Start a timer, and immediately place the piston piece into the top of the brewer, about 1 cm in
  • Wait 2 minutes
  • Holding the brewer and the piston, gently swirl the brewer
  • Wait 30 seconds
  • Press gently all the way

*assuming this is light-roasted coffee. The darker you go the more you may prefer to increase the dose and coarsen the grind.