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.

THE GRIND

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.

THE WATER

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.

METHOD - STANDARD

What you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Scales
  • Kettle & water
  • Timer
  • Spoon
  • Aeropress + Paper filter
  • Mug or carafe
  1. Weigh out 15g of beans and grind on a medium fine grind setting
  2. Insert paper filter and set atop your mug or brewing carafe
  3. Boil your kettle, using hot water rinse the filter paper and warm your Aeropress and carafe
  4. Discard the preheat water and add your ground coffee to the Aeropres
  5. Place the Aeropress and carafe on the scales and zero it of
  6. Add 210g of brew water, give the slurry 3 quick stirs, to ensure all the coffee has been wetted and ensure an even extraction and start the timer
  7. Carefully insert the Aeropress plunger top
  8. After 1 minute, remove the plunger and give 3 additional stirs and reinsert the plunge
  9. Gently begin pressing down, aiming to extract all the brewed coffee in 30-45 seconds
  10. Sit back and enjoy

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