The AeroPress brew process beautifully complements the sweet and clean honey, dark cocoa and slight fruited notes of our Brazil Canaan Estate.
A fairly new brewing device, AeroPress, has developed a bit of a cult following. Made by Aerobe a maker of outdoor flying-disk like toys, the AeroPress is anything but a toy. The coffee made by this brewing method is rich and smooth with a great body. Our favorite quality of the AreoAress is that it creates flavor clarity that is beyond comparison.
Set up aeropress upside down on counter so the rubber part of the plunger is just inside of the brew chamber forming a seal and the brew chamber sits on top of the plunger which acts as a base and pour ground coffee into brewing chamber.
Set up AeroPress upside down on counter so the rubber part of the plunger is just inside of the brew chamber forming a seal and the brew chamber sits on top of the plunger which acts as a base and pour ground coffee into brewing chamber.
Heat 200 mL(6.75 ounces) of filtered water to boil. Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Grind 15 grams (two tablespoons) of coffee to a medium fine grind (slightly finer than for automatic drip). Pour water onto grounds.
Start timer for 45 seconds. Carefully stir five or six times.
Place filter into filter holder and carefully rinse with hot water. Screw filter holder onto the brewing chamber.
Flip AeroPress on top of a sturdy mug.
Press plunger down slowly.
Once the plunger is completely pressed, remove AeroPress from top of mug.
Aerobie claims that the AeroPress brews espresso and the coffee can be espresso-like depending on methods used but unlike a true shot of espresso the aeropress brew has no crema.
Like espresso the AeroPress is a pressurized brewing method but the amount of pressure created by the aeropress is nowhere near the 9 bars(about 130 pounds per square inch) created by a professional espresso machine. The pressure created by the aeropress is enough though to allow for short brew times that enhance the coffees clarity while still creating a cup with great body.
The AeroPress is a very easy method to perfect and the clean-up is the easiest of any brew method. The brewer is also priced at a very friendly $25. So grab an aeropress and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
There are many different brewing methods that you can use with your AeroPress each creating different and sometimes great results. The following is our favorite method. It creates a cup of coffee with the body of press pot coffee and the flavor clarity of pour over brewing.
What you’ll need
Scale or included measuring scoop, grinder (preferably a burr grinder), coffee, filtered water, timer or watch, AeroPress, stirring spoon, stable mug
Your coffee should always be ground as close to brewing time as possible. You will need 15 grams or about 2 tablespoons of coffee ground slightly finer than for drip brew. The measuring scoop that comes with the aeropress measures about 15 grams of medium roasted coffee when filled to the top. We will be using a short brewing time so we need a fine grind to achieve proper extraction.
Set up brewer
Once your coffee is ground place the plunger in the brewing chamber so the plunger is creating a seal just at the lip of the brewing chamber. Invert your aeropress so the bottom of the brewing chamber where the filter will be attached is facing up and sitting on top of the plunger. If your aeropress is set up properly the numbers on both chambers will be upside down. Now place the funnel that comes with your AeroPress into brewing chamber opening. Pour ground coffee into the brewing chamber and remove funnel. Lightly shake the brewer to create an even bed of coffee.
As always use filtered water. You will need 200 mL or about 6.75 ounces of water heated to 200 to 205 degrees. The best way to do this is to bring water to a boil and let sit for 5 to 10 seconds before using. Once your water is at the proper temperature pour onto coffee with enough force to saturate all grounds. Once all water is in the chamber stir five or so times ensuring all grounds are saturated.
Time and secure filter
As soon as all water has been poured into the brewing chamber start your timer. Brew coffee for 45 seconds. While your coffee is brewing place a paper filter into the filter holder and carefully soak with hot water to wash away any paper taste. Place filter holder onto the brewing chamber and secure. Once the brewing time has elapsed carefully flip your AeroPress onto the top of a clean, sturdy mug and press.
Press the plunger down completely and slowly with evenly applied pressure. You want your press to take about 25 seconds. Once the plunger is completely pressed remove aeropress from top of mug and enjoy immediately or clean up.
Other than the high quality brew that it can produce one of the best aspects of the AeroPress is it’s ease of clean up. It literally takes about 15 seconds. To clean simply unscrew filter holder and over a trashcan or compost bin press the plunger down completely and the spent grounds and the paper filter will pop out. Now simply wipe any coffee off of plunger, rinse all brewer parts under water and set out to dry.