Invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, Aeropress is a brilliant single-cup brewer for anyone who likes a strong cup of coffee. It is a simple, effective design, celebrated for its inexpensive, durable and reliable qualities.
The Aeropress essentially works by combining two different brew methods. The water and coffee are initially steeped together in a similar way to a French Press. Then, a plunger is used to push the water through the grounds and a paper filter, a little like a filter coffee maker. This clever technology is championed in the speciality coffee industry for its efficiency.
The trick with achieving a great brew from your Aeropress is to experiment with your recipe; adjusting the variables that were explored in our previous post. Try changing one variable at a time and noting what suits you.
Basic Aeropress Method:
Step One: Grind your coffee to a similar consistency to brown sugar. Weigh out between 15 - 18g to start with, and adjust your recipe to your taste.
Step Two: Place your filter paper into the filter holder and secure it in the body of the Aeropress. Run a little hot water through the vessel in order to heat the brewer and dampen the filter.
Step Three: Place the main part of your Aeropress on top of your coffee mug.
Step Four: Boil your kettle and let your water cool to around 93 degrees. Then, add your desired amount of water (we recommend around 240ml to start with) onto the coffee grounds.
Step Five: Stir your coffee and then position the plunger on top of the body of the Aeropress, ensuring that it has sealed. This creates a vacuum above the coffee, ensuring that the brew does not drip out of the bottom of the brewer before you want it to.
Step Six: After around a 1 minute brew time, slowly push down the plunger until all of the liquid has passed through the filter.
Step Seven: Pull back the plunger to stop the Aeropress from dripping, remove your cup and enjoy!
Cleaning your Aeropress is easy! Holding the vessel over a bin, remove the filter holder and push the plunger out to dispose of the grounds. Tap out any loose bits and rinse. The simplicity of this method makes it very desirable.
If like us you love using your Aeropress, you can keep yourself up-to-date with some awesome brew recipes by checking this website: www.worldaeropresschampionship.com
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