The Aeropress is one of the newest brewing methods, being invented in 2005 by inventor Allan Adler. It is easy to use, tolerant of different grind sizes, affordable and virtually indestructible. It also makes an incredibly clean and complex and aromatic cup of coffee. However due to its limited capacity, it is really only suitable for single cup brewing.
I cannot stress enough the importance of a good quality grinder. If you’re buying good quality, artisan roasted microlot coffees, you want all that flavour in your cup to enjoy. When coffee is ground it immediately begins to stale and loose flavour.
A good grinder will also grind the coffee particles to an even and consistent size. This is critical as smaller grinds will extract much faster and make your brew bitter before larger particles can extract properly.
For Aeropress brewing, there are a wide range of grind settings which, with the right recipe can yield tasty results. We use a medium fine setting for our recipe and this is a good starting point.Experiment on your own, but I’d recommend longer brew times for coarser grind settings, so the deliciousness can be extracted properly.
Brew temperature is critical here. Ideally between 90-96C. Using fresh water (filtered if possible) boil your jug/ kettle and allow to sit for around 20-30 seconds before pouring. Ensure your brewing device is properly pre heated as well, to avoid heat loss.
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