January 18th, 2021
A space-age contraption with gravity-defying aspirations, the AeroPress was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, the president of Aerobie (of flying ring/frisbie fame).
Aerobie themselves say “the first coffee maker that combines affordability and simplicity with the ability to produce top quality coffee.”, we agree, it makes some damn fine sh*t.
We know your time is precious, using this process you can brew up at lightning speed in just 30 seconds (AeroPress say 20, but add a little faff time - wise), but we’ve chosen a recipe which takes more like 4 minutes, for a well balanced cup with a lot of depth.
Other awesome things about the AeropPress are they’re lightweight & robust, making them truly transportable, plus it’s eco-friendly, with the only waste being the paper filter.
There are so many different ways to brew with your aeropress, so we thought we’d just pick our favourite for you. It also happens to be one of the most straight forward, no nonsense methods about, so grab your press and get cracking.
“a breakthrough in the coffee brewing process to yield the smoothest, richest coffee that you have ever tasted.” Alan Adler
The Basic (but delicious) Recipe
You’ll need: an AeroPress, a grinder (or pre-ground coffee), a scale, a kettle, and some coffee.
1. Measure out 16 grams of ground coffee. We’ve found our dark roast to work exceptionally well here, plus it’s pre-ground to perfection (medium-fine).
2. Put 2 rinsed filters in the AeroPress. This is a pro tip - 2 filters may seem a bit unnecessary, but it helps keep sediment out of your brew. Rinsing is super important to remove any ‘papery’ taste.
3. Add 200ml of boiling water. Quickly pop the plunger in the press to create a vacuum. This is a ‘fully immersive’ brewing method, so we need all the water steeping with the coffee to get the highest possible extraction.
4. At 4 minutes, start to gently press the plunger down. If it’s proving difficult, take the plunger out and break the ‘crust’ with a spoon and give it a gentle stir. Press until no coffee is left in the AeroPress.
5. Enjoy the hot, intense masterpiece you’ve brewed.
Check out our Dark roast coffee - ideal for this recipe.
We've also got guides for a variety of other brewing methods:
By Black Insomnia
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