Making “Steve Gibson” Coffee with an AeroPress

Steve Gibson described how he uses an espresso machine to make a “perfect” cup of coffee in Episode 422 of Security Now!. For those of us without espresso machines, I’ve modified the recipe to use an Aerobie AeroPress. This method minimizes oxidation of the coffee.

What you need:


  1. Put 2 AeroPress scoops of coffee (approximately 4 tbsp.) into the AeroPress.
  2. Heat 16 oz water to 195° F. If you don’t have a precise heater, bring the water to a boil and let it sit for 30 seconds (ref Peet’s).
  3. Pour approximately 4oz water into your cup.
  4. Place the AeroPress on your cup, and fill to #4.
  5. Use the AeroPress stirrer to stir the coffee 30 times.
  6. Re-fill the water back to the #4
  7. Use the AeroPress plunger to press the water through the AeroPress.
  8. Pour any remaining water into your cup.
  9. Enjoy your coffee.

2 thoughts on “Making “Steve Gibson” Coffee with an AeroPress

  1. Me

    Is it just me, or does #4 then #6 not make sense? I have a n Aeropress and familiar w/ it. Fill to number 4 (you usually do this w/ 4 scoops), place on your cup and stir, then Fill to #4 again? It’s stil full, isn’t it?

    1. Kenji Yoshino Post author

      Depending on the grind of the coffee and the filter, the water level sometimes drops a fair amount while I’m stirring. Personally I like to top it off before pressing, but it shouldn’t have a major effect on the coffee either way.

      I only use two Aeropress scoops of coffee, even though I fill the water to the number 4. That makes a strong enough cup of coffee for my taste.

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