So simple and so good... smooth, rich, pure and fast is the best way to describe the compact AeroPress™ Coffee Maker.

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How to get the most out of your AeroPress™ Coffee Maker with these tips:

BREWING: You can make from one to four cups per pressing. Each pressing only takes about a minute, so you can serve a houseful of guests in a few minutes. Just follow these easy steps.

1. Remove the plunger and the cap from the chamber.

2. Put a micro-filter inside the cap and twist the cap onto the chamber (comes with 350, more available here).

3. Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug. A glass mug is fun. It lets you watch the process.

4. Put ground coffee into the chamber - one scoop for each espresso (maximum of four scoops).   

GRINDING COFFEE: We recommend drip grind when using two or more scoops because it's easy to push and yields rich flavor. For single-scoop pressings,espresso grind will yield more flavor yet still be easy to push. A funnel is provided for use with a coffee grinder. Use the scoop to measure the beans into the grinder. Grind only the scoops you need for each pressing. Then use the funnel to empty the grinder into the AeroPress chamber. Coffee lovers agree that grinding just before brewing is important for great flavor. Remember too, that freshly roasted beans yield a richer flavor.

WATER TEMPERATURE: Between 75° to 80°C do not use boiling water. Lower temperature water makes a smoother brew. If you heat the water in a microwave or kettle, experiment with time. About three-quarters of the time to the first bubbles will yield the ideal temperature. 5. Pour heated water slowly into the chamber.

MEASURING & POURING WATER: The chamber is marked 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the number of scoops of coffee which corresponds to the number of servings. With 1 or 4 scoops, just fill with hot water to the number 1 or 4 on the chamber. With 2 or 3 scoops you can choose from the bottom of the ovals marked 2 or 3 for a richer brew to the top of the ovals for an average strength brew. If Americano or Long black coffee is your goal, use the top of the ovals. For espresso, adjust the quantity of water to brew the strength desired. For latte, use the bottom of the ovals.

A richer brew makes the best tasting latte. Dribble the water slowly into the chamber for the first few seconds to wet the grounds. Then fill to the desired level. Never fill higher than number 4.

The plunger can be used to measure water. Just fill to the appropriate number. You can also use the plunger to heat water in a microwave oven. 6. Stir the water and coffee together with the paddle for about ten seconds. Plunger Chamber Cap 7.

Wet the rubber seal and insert the plunger into the chamber. Press the plunger downward. After the plunger has moved a short distance, you will feel the air pushing back at you.

Continue pressing gently to maintain pressure and the air will push the brew through the grounds. The plunger will sink slowly and reach the grounds in about twenty seconds for a double, slightly less for a single or slightly more for a triple or quadruple. Then let the coffee drip a few seconds. Invert the AeroPress as you lift it off the cup.

Pressing slowly is the key to a rich brew and an easy push. If it feels too stiff, just press more gently. 8. If espresso is your goal, you're done. Remember that you can make up to four single servings with each pressing. An easy way to divide multiple servings is with the scoop. Each scoop holds a typical single espresso (about 36 cc). You can store espresso as concentrate for use several days later. The flavor will remain smooth because the micro filtering removes all coffee grounds.

TIP: THE KEY TO A SMOOTH AMERICANO OR LONG BLACK CUP: Brewing espresso and then diluting it with hot water makes a smoother Americano or Long Black cup of coffee than pressing an entire cup of water through the grounds. Pushing too much water through the grounds produces bitterness and acidity.

CLEANUP: Remove the cap, hold the AeroPress over a wastebasket, and press the plunger to eject the "puck" of spent grounds. Leave the plunger pushed fully in and rinse the rubber seal. Brush or wipe it to remove the coffee oils. Never put the AeroPress in a dishwasher. Always store the AeroPress with the plunger pushed all the way in, or completely removed, to avoid compressing the seal.

RE-USING MICRO-FILTERS: You can also re-use each filter many times just by brushing it off under running water. When re-using a filter, remove the plunger and twist the cap containing the wet filter onto the chamber. This will keep it flat as it dries and you'll be ready for the next pressing. A years supply (350) of micro-filters with your AeroPress so you are set for a long time.

When you need more filters they are available from the Infuse Coffee website here for $6.00 for 350.