Coffee Hack: How to Make Cold Drip Coffee Using AeroPress • Bean Ground

Coffee Hack: How to Make Cold Drip Coffee Using AeroPress

In this coffee hack, I’m going to show you how to make cold brew coffee using your Aerobie AeroPress. This is a great little hack if you don’t want to fork out the cash on one of those expensive cold drip coffee brewers such as the Yama Glass Cold Drip Maker.

​This is an easy and cheap way to get a decent cold drip coffee at home using only a few basic household items and of course your trusty AeroPress.

​AeroPress iced coffee or any homemade iced coffee for that matter is one of my favorite ways during the hot summer months to get my MUCH needed caffeine fix.

​SURE, you can brew up some coffee in a French Press and stick it in the fridge for 12 or so hours, but to me, it’s not the same. I find that there is a subtle difference in taste between cold brew vs. cold drip coffee using an AeroPress or other cold drip brewers. Cold drip isn't as "earthy" or "heavy" as cold brew can often be.

​But before I get ahead of myself, if you haven’t used or have no idea what an AeroPress is here is a brief explanation.

​What is an AeroPress?

​An Aerobie AeroPress (NOT to be confused with Aging Aerosmith) is a funky looking device resembling a big syringe used to brew coffee. Water is forced through the brewing device, and coffee is pressed or pushed through a metal or paper filter using pressure in very much the same way as how an espresso machine produces a shot.

​The resulting coffee is an espresso type of coffee that can be consumed “as-is” or watered down to your liking.

​However less of the talk about what an AeroPress is and more on how to use this brewing device to make a cold drip AeroPress iced coffee.

​Cold DRIP AeroPress the Method to the Madness

​Making cold brew drip coffee with an AeroPress is pretty easy, here are the essential items you’ll need.

  • Aerobie AeroPress (obviously).
  • AeroPress filters.
  • 17g or 2 ½ Tablespoons Ground coffee (somewhere between a fine and medium grind).
  • Cold water.
  • A handful of ice.
  • Empty 500ml water bottle.
  • A sewing needle.
  • Scissors.

​Step One:

​Take your empty water bottle and poke a small hole in the cap.

​Step Two:

​Cut the bottom off your water bottle.

​Step Three:

​Place your AeroPress on top of your glass as you would normally when making a regular coffee, putting a filter inside the bottom screw cap but with the plunger removed from the press.

​Step Four:

​Add one scoop (17g or 2 ½ Tablespoons) of ground coffee using the provided scoop that comes with your AeroPress.

​Step Five:

​Place another filter to the top of the ground coffee you have just added inside of the AeroPress tube. This helps to give a more even saturation of the coffee grounds.

​Now place the plastic funnel that came with the AeroPress onto the tube at the top, this will give your upturned water bottle much more stability.

​Step Six:

​Fill your water bottle up with cold water and place into the plastic funnel, cap side down making sure that there is a slow drip (about one per second) before doing so.

​Depending on the size of your hole and the grind size of your coffee you should start to see water dripping through slowly. If the water is dripping too fast your hole is too big, or your coffee is ground too coarse or not compacted down enough.

​Step Seven:

​Sit back and admire your MacGyver handy work and watch the coffee start to drip through your AeroPress filter.

​Step Eight:

​Once all of the water has slowly dripped through (after 1 or 2 hours or MORE), drink straight over ice or add in a little milk or cream to taste.

See there is more than one way to use your AeroPress. Following my above steps, you should have no problem making cold drip AeroPress coffee. However, if you do have problems you can leave me a comment below, or you can ask a direct question over on our Facebook page.​

AeroPress Espresso

If you don’t already own an Aerobie AeroPress, you can pick one up relatively cheap over at Amazon if you cannot find one in your local store.

Other AeroPress brewing methods:​

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Mark Morphew

Mark is a self-proclaimed coffee addict and the guy behind the coffee blog "Bean Ground". You'll almost always find him in a caffeine-induced rant talking about - Coffee! Discover more about Mark here.

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i just learned about cold drip coffee and was trying to figure out how to use our aeropress for it. thanks so much for this hack! just one question, do we rinse/wet the filter?


    Hey Ash,

    Sure you can sightly wet the paper filter, but to be honest it’s not really necessary because soon as the water starts to drip the first drop will saturate the paper well enough.

    Good luck!

Rahul Bajaj

Hey Mark,

I’ve struggled through this method twice – but just can’t seem to get the bottle to drip all the way through. After a few minutes of dripping, the water drops start firming a film on the exterior of the bottle cap which prevents further dripping. I’ve tried punching in as many as 5 holes, but keep facing the same problem!
Am I doing something wrong?

– Rahul

    Mark Morphew

    Hi Rahul, It sounds like your coffee is either ground too fine or you’ve compacted it down to tightly, which is making it harder for the water to pass through. Did you place a filter on top of the coffee grounds, that will certainly help?


This looks great… but the measurements aren’t quite right for me. I did 1 scoop of grounds (usually ~14g), and one fullish bottle of water. Probably about 450mL. Which has made for some pretty weak coffee. I’m going to start dialling the water back, but if you could shout out an h20 measurement, it would be appreciated!

    Mark Morphew

    Hi Sean, Try upping your coffee to 16g and have a play around with your coffee grind (try finer) and slightly compact the grounds once added to your AeroPress. This should slow down the water passing through the grounds and will give you a stronger brew. Experiment, come back and let me know how you got on!


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