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Hello! And welcome to another episode of How to brew coffee at home! Today we are embarking into how to brew an Aeropress.
What is an Aeropress you ask? Well, it’s a plastic tube, basically, that you can use to make coffee in a quick and easy way and looks like this:
It is great for travellers, that want to bring their coffee equipment by themselves. It was invented by the same guy that invented the “Aero Ring” in the 80s.
There a couple of methods to brew and Aeropress, but the one that is mostly user friendly is what we call the “Inverted Method”.
So without further ado, here’s how to brew one:
- Aeropress filters (these come when purchasing the Aeropress)
- A Kettle, Preferably with temperature control
- Filtered Water
- A decanter
- A Good quality scale
- A timer, if your scale doesn’t offer the option
- 13g of freshly ground coffee, towards the size of sugar granules
- If you haven’t ground your coffee, grind it now and place it on the side.
- Put the filtered water in the kettle, and heat the water up to roughly 92C. (1)
- Place a paper filter in the filter cup, with the decanter underneath, and once the water is ready ensure the filter is well wet all throughout. The paper should adhere with no air bubbles.
- Empy the water in the decanter, and place it on the side.
Take the plunger of the Aeropress, and pull it towards you until you reach the last number - should be a 4 unless your Aeropress is an older version.
Place it with the chamber towards you, on top of the scale, and weigh in the coffee to 0.1 of a gram.
Tare the scale and get ready to brew. Firstly, we are going to bloom. (2)
Pour in 50g of water, in no particular motion. You will notice your coffee will start bubbling slightly.
Once the timer hits 30 seconds, pour 200g of water and leave to steep. Place the cap back on the Aeropress, ensuring that it’s closed well tight.
When the clock hits 1:20, places your decanter (3) on top of the Aeropress, move away from the scale giving the whole thing a swirl.
Turn everything back into the right position and press gently down the plunger for about 30 seconds - or as I like to say, until the plunger does a slight fart noise.
Enjoy your coffee!
Here are some pictures of the process, that should help you with the steps.
Personally, I still prefer a pour over, even when travelling. But some people prefer the Aeropress because it resembles more an espresso and has more body.
ANNOTATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS…
Before you brew, read these annotations and explanations. They are quite geeky, I know.But it will make sense of the brewing process.
- Water Temperature: as I said, the ideal water temperature is 92C. Without getting too geeky on this, this is because this is the optimal temperature for water to grab all the nice compounds that make our coffee taste so nice. If you were to use boiling water, so straight out from the kettle, it would also grab very bitter compounds, and make your coffee taste over extracted. In the chance of not having a temperature control kettle, just boil the water and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes. That will do the trick!
- the Bloom: the first part of your brewing process is called the bloom. This is because, just like a flower in spring, it’s when the coffee starts to open and release all those aromas and compounds that make our coffee so tasty. If you notice, it bubbles during this stage for this reason! It is not really needed in an Aeropress, but I found out it brings more out of the coffee itself.
- Choice of decanter: I personally don’t like to tell people what to use, but here I have to warn you. Do not use a glass cup or decanter, you will end up smashing it. People underestimate how much pressure they put when pushing the Aeropress down. Don’t make that messy mistake, use a sturdy china cup!
- Grind Size: again, I could be here forever talking about this. When grinding for Aeropress, you want a similar size to a sugar granule.So not too coarse but not too fine either. If your brew tastes very acidic at the end, just fine your grind a little to balance it out. Simultaneously, if it tastes to bitter, coarsen it up a little. Don’t go too far out with changing your grind size, it could be trouble and frustrating!
One thing I should mention – you can make plenty of drinks too just by using the Aeropress! Have you seen this Frozen Irish Coffee from our friend Lynn? You don’t want to miss out on it!
Well, this is all my friends! Let me know in the comments below what you think and if you need help!x
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