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I wanted to write something about the Aeropress for two main reasons. Firstly, I love it. Secondly, I believe that it is one of those 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 great filter coffee.
There is an element of personal preference here so I’d encourage you to see this more as a good place to start than as a definitive method and it should be pretty obvious where you can tweak things. A final bit of advice….keep your method the same and just change grind size to get the coffee tasting how you like it.
So, first things first, here’s what you’ll need: a kettle, a grinder, an Aeropress, some kitchen scales, a thermometer and a stopwatch/timer. We’re going to assume that you don’t have a thermometer.
So, there it is. I know it seems like a lot of hassle but I promise that it’s worth it. It’s actually really simple despite appearances and you’ll soon be tweaking and trying things out. I find that this method gives you a really sound basis to work from. Different coffees will extract better at different temperatures – we’ll always give you this information. The only bit you need to work out for yourself is the grind size. 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.
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