AeroPress 'shot'

Bad Hand Coffee Aeropress

How to make coffee with an AeroPress… part two! This recipe makes one ‘espresso style’ shot that you can dilute with hot milk or water.

You will need:

Some delicious coffee (Shaka is a great all-rounder) + water + an AeroPress + filter (you can use paper or metal ones) + spoon + scales (optional but handy).


  1. If you’re using a paper filter, place it in the cap of your AeroPress, wet it and set it aside. Place the plunger into the main tube so it forms a seal. The plunger should be on the bottom and the main chamber on top and open.

  2. Put a scoop of medium ground coffee (18g) in your AeroPress.

  3. Pour water just off the boil onto the grounds, up to the top of the (upside-down) 3 mark (80ml).

  4. Gently stir to make sure all the grounds are wet, place the cap on and wait two minutes.

  5. Hold a mug over the top of the AeroPress and flip both so that you now have the AeroPress on top of the mug on your bench and everything is the right way up.

  6. Slowly push down on the plunger until you hear a hiss.

  7. Top up your mug of coffee with some hot milk or water and enjoy!

Want to take it to the next level?

  • Preheat your AeroPress to help keep it warmer for longer.

  • Have your elbow directly above the AeroPress as you push down to plunge to make it easier. Don’t be tempted to push down too fast or hard or you’ll make a mess.

  • Weigh your coffee and water for more consistent results every time.

  • Use medium ground coffee about the size of table salt – fresh is best!

  • Use filtered water (from a Brita jug or similar is fine) to help bring more flavour out.

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