After years of arduous trial and error, we have finally found the secret techniques to getting crema from the Aeropress.
This article will guide you through how to get that beautiful crema layer using three different techniques. We even broke out the science behind why each method works so you can apply it in your everyday life.
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What is crema?
Crema is the foam created on top when you make espresso.
The foam is created when the pressurized water meets the fat molecules in the coffee. As a result, the fat molecules heat up and begin to move faster.
It creates foam, and that's what you see when you press your coffee from a syphon. It leaves a tan coloured layer on top of your coffee.
Nothing about this is unique, but you can see how important it is to get a good crema if you want to make a good beverage.
Siphons aren't the only way to get crema, though. People have used several different methods to get foam on their drinks.
From latte art to Espresso Martinis, this is a versatile foam that adds a lot of character to your coffee.
Because of its versatility, we decided to look into how we can recreate it using the AeroPress® Coffee Maker.
We know for a fact that the Aeropress cannot create crema. But we had to ask if we can force it to make crema. So, we took the Aeropress and tested a couple of ways to create it.
We found three secret techniques that worked to create crema by the inverted method. After trial and error, we learned the tricks that worked best.
Let’s get started with the secret methods.
Secret Method A to Try getting Crema from Aeropress
When we make coffee in the Aeropress, we add hot water over the coffee and stir it. In this method, don't stir the coffee at all.
- Step 1 – Place the filter on the cap of the Aeropress and screw the cap on the Aeropress. You can use a metal filter or paper filters, it’s up to you.
- Step 2- Ground the espresso roast coffee beans using a coffee grinder. Pour 20g of the grounded coffee into the Aeropress chamber.
- Step 3- Tamp the coffee grounds.
- Step 4- Cover the coffee grounds with a paper filter to not stir up when you add hot water.
- Step 5- Put the Aeropress on your mug.
- Step 6- Heat water at 200 degrees F and not exceed the water temperature to more than 205F. Pour 75ml of the hot water into the chamber and then insert the plunger into the chamber and push it hard.
- Step 7- Enjoy the crema you created.
Secret Method B Much Better Alternative for Crema
In a nutshell, it's the same as secret method A but with a couple of changes.
Some people like the crema layer that was created in secret method A. It left the crema on their drinks, and they loved it.
This method produces a similar layer and uses an attachment for the Aeropress called the Fellow Prismo attachment.
The Prismo is a glass attachment that can fit onto the AeroPress® Coffee Maker.
This allows you to use hot water at the right temp and has high pressure to create a crema-like layer. The pressure of the Prismo is more than what the Aeropress has.
Because you can control the temperature and pressure, the Prismo attachment allows you to control how much foam is going into your drink.
To get crema using this method, you need only follow these simple steps.
Let’s get started,
- Step 1- Insert the metal filter into the Prismo, then attach it to the Aeropress.
- Step 2- Pour the 20g of finely ground coffee and put a paper filter on it to tamp the grounds.
- Step 3- Put the Aeropress on your mug and pour hot water into the Aeropress chamber.
- Step 4- Insert the plunger into the chamber and push it.
- Step 5- Enjoy the layer of crema that you created from this method.
This method is an improvement on the first method. This method uses the same Coffee Maker, just a different attachment.
It makes it easier and quicker to create a layer of crema with your coffee.
Secret Method C Alternative Crema Method
It is a unique way that we discovered to get crema using the Aeropress, and it does not allow tamped coffee grounds.
This method gives fantastic results as the crema layer looks like it was created through different techniques.
We love this method because it lets you enjoy the coffee just as much without worrying about the crema layer.
Let’s look at how to make a crema layered coffee using this method.
- Step 1- Insert the metal filter into the cap, then place the filter on top of the Aeropress.
- Step 2 – Place the Prismo attachment on the Aeropress, then place the Aeropress on a mug.
- Step 3- Pour the fine grind coffee beans and hot water into the Aeropress chamber.
- Step 4- Stir the coffee with a spoon for 20 seconds.
- Step 5- Leave the coffee for 1 minute to brew.
- Step 6- Insert the plunger into the Aeropress chamber and press it to create a full press.
- Step 7- Enjoy your delicious drink that has an incredible layer of crema on top.
These are the three techniques that we have discovered to create crema in your Aeropress. But, of course, you don’t need to follow these exact methods.
If you don't have the prismo attachment, you can follow the first method. But for best results, you will need a prismo attachment!
Feel free to use your own way as long as you get that beautiful layer on top of your drink.
We hope that we have been able to explain how to create crema in the AeroPress and if you enjoyed this article, let us know in the comments below.
If you know of other ways to get crema in an Aeropress, let us know in the comments below. And if you have any tips, tricks or how to’s that you have created, please let us know so that we can include them for other people to learn from.