The Aeropress is one of those simple pieces of equipment that has the potential to really open up the world of specialty coffee to everyone, including absolute beginners.
Now, the Aeropress is not a good option for espresso despite the claims of the manufacturers. What it does do brilliantly well though is brew high quality, single origin beans to make really great filter coffee. Here is the Aeropress Brewing Guide that our team use when preparing coffee for this method in our coffee shop.
1. Get all the equipment ready: brewing vessel, Aeropress, paper filter and scales.
2. Use water heated to 97 degrees. Use some hot water to rinse the paper filter.
3. Prepare dose of coffee (between 14g and 15g usually).
4. Put the coffee in the inverted Aeropress. Tare the scales.
5. Start the timer and pour approx half the water (100-120g), stir well for a few seconds, and pour the rest of the water to reach a total weight of 240g, all water should be in within 30s of starting brewing. Stir.
6. Screw the cap and filter onto the Aeropress and remove from the scale. Gently push down to squeeze out most of the air from the top of the brewer.
7. After two minutes, carefully flip the Aeropress over and use the funnel to press slowly into the brewing vessel. Stop pushing just before you reach the coffee bed. The press should take around 15-20 seconds, so the brew should be done at around 2 min 20 s.
8. Stir the brew with a spoon, allow to cool for a while and then enjoy.
It’s actually a really simple method and easy to get used to and I find that this method gives you a really sound basis to work from.
Different coffees will extract better at different grind sizes – so feel free to experiment. If the coffee needs more intensity of flavour, make the grind finer, if you’re experiencing bitterness, make it coarser.
Good luck, I hope you enjoy your coffee.
oh, and if you need an Aeropress, we have them here.