Over the next few weeks, we are going to highlight some of our favorite brewing methods, and show you how to use them. This week we are going to take a look at the AeroPress.
It is no secret the the AeroPress has become one of the best brewing methods there are. There are a few reasons that this has become as popular as it has.
1. If is affordable! At only $44 the AeroPress can make a great cup of coffee. Much better than many other more expensive machines.
2. It travels well (this is something that can easier go with you when your headed somewhere out of town or country). Vacations are best when you have good coffee with you!
3. It gives you a lot of control over how to make your coffee. But not so much control that it's easy to mess up.
4. Easy to clean. Way less mess than a french press
Let's get started.
Fill your kettle with cold water (preferably distilled water). Water that is too soft will make your coffee taste bad
Insert you filter into the filter chamber and lock it on to the AeroPress.
Once your kettle has boiled, add some water to your cup to preheat, and add a little water to the AeroPress to wet the filter.
Grind about 16-18 grams of coffee. This is about 2 tablespoons. For an AeroPress you can grind it about the fineness of course salt. Add this coffee into the AeroPress and sit the aeropress in the funnel and place into your cup.
While you may have let your water boil, the best temperature for the water to be in is 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a kettle with this setting you can use a thermometer to check your water temperature.
Pour a small amount of water to the grinds to let them soak in the water and wait 30 seconds to 1 minute. This prepares them for extraction.
Then pour slowly in a circular pattern trying to "disturb the grounds" as evenly as possible. Once full wait 2.5 minutes to 4 minutes for the coffee to steep. Give the water and coffee a quick and gentle stir.
Use the plunger to slowly press the coffee into your cup. Once done, twist of the filter housing and press the grounds and filter into your compost rinse, and your ready to enjoy!
This is one way to make an AeroPress, but we would encourage you to experiment with this method to see how changes affect the coffee flavor. You may find that a particular tweak will increase your enjoyment of the coffee. Really that all part of the fun when it comes to coffee.
We are always around to answer questions, so if you have one send us an email and we'd be happy to get in touch. If you don't have an Aeropress you can pick one up here