Creating the Perfect Brew
The evolution of coffee-making has made quite a few strides over the course of its first conception. French press, automatic coffee makers, percolators, vacuum pots, chemex, and something called a technivorm? Geez! I’m no coffee connoisseur, but my love for coffee has driven me to learn various methods of brewing. One of those methods: the Aeropress.
Invented by Alan Adler in 2005, the Aeropress is designed to produce one very flavorful cup of coffee. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and one of the fastest ways to brew a cup coffee.
Type of Coffee And Water Temp
I use freshly ground coffee whenever I use the Aeropress, but you can use store bought, pre-grounded coffee. Once you open the package, you should put it in the refrigerator to prevent any mold growth. To add even more flavor to your coffee, try adding different spices, or cut dried fruits to the mix. I’ve recently been hooked on adding just a small pinch of cayenne pepper to my coffee. (Thanks Michelle @19ideas for the tip!)
As for water, it’s recommended to use 78-95 degrees Celsius (167-203 degrees Fahrenheit) for the Aeropress.
Depending on how much time you have, the size of coffee grind matters. If you use fine grind, then the wait time should be about 10-20 seconds, if you use medium grind it’s about 1 min, if you use course grind I’d wait about 3-4 mins.
I normally put 2 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee in the Aeropress. I use the inverted method shown in the video. This method is not described in the manual, but trust me, it’s great! First wet the filter and place into the cap of the Aeropress. Take your hot water, and pour up to half way making sure all the coffee is submerged. Wait about 10-20 seconds for grinds to bloom, then stir it gently with a fork or the Aeropress mixing wand. Fill the rest of the press with water and cover it with the cap. Flip the Aeropress on top of your coffee cup and wait 30 seconds. Then plunge slowly for another 30-40 seconds. This pressure helps extract the coffee faster.
Keep in mind, when you’re performing the plunge, the timing correlates to bitterness and flavor of the coffee. Don’t press too hard and don’t go too fast when plunging, it must be slow and steady.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with the method shown in this blog. As I researched the different methods of brewing, I discovered that there are yearly competitions that take place specifically using the Aeropress. They describe the recipes and methods used, which in turn helped inspire me to create my own Aeropress method, and hopefully this post had helped create some inspirations of your own.