Effort Index: 5

The Gear: An AeroPress ($30), a scale, and filters, all available at, as well as a kettle.

The Method: Assemble the AeroPress. Grind 20 g beans to medium-fine. Pour beans into chamber using the AeroPress funnel. Pour hot water (just off boil) into chamber. (Use one hand to pour the water, just enough to cover beans, while turning the AeroPress with your other hand to get all the grounds wet.) Let grounds bloom for 30 seconds. Add hot water to bottom of the “1,” twisting press again while pouring. Let brew for one minute. Place filter in cap and wet. Twist onto top of chamber. Turn mug upside down over top of the AeroPress; then, with one hand holding the cup and one hand covering the place where plunger and chamber meet, flip the AeroPress over. Coffee will start to drip; press down with consistent pressure until all water is pushed through grounds out of chamber. This yields an 8 oz. cup.

Barista Notes: “AeroPress will also be a clean cup.”

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