Inverted Aeropress Brew Guide

Yep - there’s more than one way to brew an AeroPress (for the standard method, read this guide). The inverted technique involves doing the immersion part of the brewing in the in AeroPress while its upside down, then flipping it over to plunge.

It’s a more precarious way to brew and a pre-7am flip should be avoided if possible. But with that risk comes more control, because the coffee can’t drip through the filter paper ahead of the plunge. As to which method is the best - give both a go and see which you prefer.

The method below is based on a recipe used by the 2015 World Aeropress Champion, Lukas Zahradnik from Slovakia. The coffee dose is bigger than you might typically use, but it has a very quick brew time (1.35sec), and it makes a really great brew.

Key Facts

  • Coffee dose: 20g
  • Water: 250g
  • Grind size: fine (like fine sand)
  • Water temperature: Freshly Boiled, then left for a few minutes (80 degrees C)
  • Brew time: 1:35 sec

What you'll need

  • 20g freshly ground coffee beans
  • AeroPress and paper filter
  • Kettle
  • Weighing scale and timer
Construct and Prepare

Step 1Construct and Prepare

Place a filter paper in the AeroPress cap, rinse with hot water and set aside.

Step 2: Add your coffee

Step 2Step 2: Add your coffee

Place your AeroPress on your scales, upside down, with the plunger pulled out. Tare your scales and add 20g of coffee to the AeroPress.

Brew your coffee

Step 3Brew your coffee

Tare your scales again, press start on the timer, and pour gently until all your grounds are covered. Stir for 15 seconds, then add the remaining water quickly, stopping when you reach 250g.

Flip and plunge

Step 4Flip and plunge

Screw the cap onto your AeroPress, let the coffee brew for 45 seconds, place your cup ontop, then flip and plunge slowly for 50 seconds. Stop when you hear a hissing noise.

Drink it

Step 5Drink it

Remove the AeroPress, swirl and sip away. If it’s a bit strong, add some extra hot water until just right.