The Ultimate Brewer
If there’s one coffee brewer that all coffee connoisseurs around the world unite around, it’s the Aeropress. When you first lay eyes on the Aeropress it doesn’t really seem all that impressive. But looks can be deceiving, especially in this case.
A space-age contraption with gravity-defying aspirations, this unique coffee brewer was invented in 2005 by the man behind those Aerobie discs that would fly farther than most frisbees. Aerobie is responsible for creating the long-flying “superdisc” that broke Guiness World Records when it soared 1,333 feet into the air. (Take that, frisbee!) The same mastery of aerodynamics comes into play here, with this peculiar and lovely device for brewing coffee. This is the brewer of champions, of tinkerers, of connoisseurs.
What We’ll Need:
- AeroPress Filters
- AeroPress funnel
- Digital Scale
- Stirring tool
- Coffee cup or another vessel
Bring 7 oz (200 g) of water to a boil. Weigh out 15–18 grams of coffee (depending on your preferred strength). Grind to a texture slightly finer than sea salt. Insert a paper filter into the AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap. Use some of your hot water to wet your filter and cap. The water serves a dual function here: It helps the filter adhere to the cap, and heats your brewing vessel. This can be challenging as the water is hot and the cap is quite small: Hold the cap by its “ears” and pour the water very slowly so it can be absorbed by the filter.
Assemble your AeroPress. Make sure the entire assembly is dry, since any residual moisture can compromise the device’s seal. Place it on your scale with the flared end up, then tare the weight. The numbers should appear upside-down. It’s possible to attach the black filter cap and place it right side-up, but this tends to cause leakage and make accurate brewing difficult.
Add your ground coffee. Be careful not to spill any grounds into the ring-shaped gutter at the top of the AeroPress. Start a timer. Add twice the weight of water than you have grounds (e.g., for 15 grams coffee, add 30 grams water). The water should be about 200 degrees F.
Make sure the coffee is saturated evenly, tamping slightly with the paddle or butter knife if necessary, and let it sit for 30 seconds. Use the remainder of the hot water to fill the chamber. After a minute has elapsed, stir grounds 10 times to agitate.
Fasten the cap, ensuring it locks into the grooves tightly. Flip the whole assembly over with haste and control. Position it atop your brew vessel and begin applying downward pressure. You will experience about 30 pounds of resistance here. If the pushing feels too easy, your grind is likely too coarse; if it’s very hard to push, chances are the grind is too fine. Your coffee is fully brewed once it begins to make a hissing sound. This means there is no more water to push through the device. Once you’ve unscrewed the cap, you can pop out the filter and the puck of condensed grounds by simply pushing AeroPress’s interior section a final inch.
Reasons We Love The Aeropress Brewer
It Brews Incredible Coffee: Coffee from the Aeropress is no joke. It’s well rounded, often has a medium body, and generally produces a rich, full flavor. Imagine coffee somewhere between that of a french press and a pour over dripper – it’s rich but not robust, clean but not sterile.
It’s A Tinkerer’s Paradise: Few coffee brewers rival the Aeropress when it comes to the number of ways you can use it. The Aeropress plunger is a game changer in terms of brewing techniques and science. It makes things possible that aren’t with regular french press or pour over brewing by infusing pressure into the brewing process, which slightly changes the way some of the other variables interact.
It’s Great for Travel: The coffee connoisseur hates to settle for less-than-delicious coffee, even while traveling. And when you think about it, there’s no reason you should have to compromise your daily mug of liquid encouragement when you’re visiting family or exploring new places. The Aeropress really thrives here: it’s an excellent travel coffee brewer!
It’s A World Sport: Every year, thousands of coffee professionals from around the world convene for the World Coffee Expo, a major coffee industry event that includes several high-profile competitions. Among these are the World Taster’s Cup, the World Barista Competition, and the World Aeropress Championship. I’m completely serious. Coffee competitions are a thing.
It’s A Lifetime Buy: The Aeropress isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s breaking sales records, generating a vibrant community, and inspiring a new generation of coffee lovers. It’s a modern classic, a staple among connoisseurs. But the Aeropress’ durability goes beyond the abstract. The device is extremely difficult to break. It can survive any physical challenge you throw at it.
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