An Aeropress Guide
An aeropress is a way of making coffee using nothing more than hot water, coffee and a little bit of old-fashioned elbow grease! Typically it makes a great cup of coffee.
The aeropress is all the rage in Europe and Australia where this simple gadget is used to make coffee in its own very unique way.
It’s versatile, lightweight (or should be) quite small and doesn’t require any electricity, unlike espresso machines.
All you need is a source of hot water. Which is why it doesn’t surprise us that one of our regular customers reckons he made a cup of our house blend coffee on a recent visit to Florida (yes he used it on the plane!).
This method is relatively new and remains a bit of a mystery to many coffee experts. Many are still trying to find the best way to make the perfect coffee from the AeroPress. But we think we have found a way that creates a delicious cup every time.
Step 1 – Getting Everything Together
What you need is a kettle full of hot water, an aeropress (together with the aeropress filters), a spoon, and two tablespoons of ground coffee beans.
If you are a complete novice you’ll need to place the filter inside the cap part of the aeropress and then rinse it over a cup.
Step 2 – Boiling & Grinding Your Coffee Beans
As always you need to wait until the very last minute to grind your coffee beans. A good time to do it is while you are waiting for the kettle to boil.
As above, you’ll need two tablespoons and these need to be ground somewhere between what you would use for a French drip and a cafetiere but leaning more to the coarse side.
Tilt the aeropress upside down and pull it out to the 4 position, and then pour the coffee inside. Please make sure that you can make a firm seal where you will screw the cap onto the press.
If you can’t coffee is going to go everywhere and you’ll have some cleaning up to do.
Step 3 – Waiting for the Water to Cool
You’ll need to wait for the water to come off the boil just slightly (you should aim for something between 85 to 90 degrees). If you are impatient try pouring the water into a plastic measuring cup, or even better a glass measuring cup as this will instantly take some of the heat out of the boiling water.
Once the water is cool enough, add it to the areopress and stir. You need to wait for around 2 minutes.
Step 4 – Sorting the Aeropress
Once the 2 minutes is up screwed on the top and the filter onto the aeropress and carefully turn it upside down over an empty cup!
Make sure the cup is large enough for the coffee. Likewise make sure the cup is sturdy and on a level surface otherwise, the cup can topple over. Then all you need to do is press down on the top.
You should be able to hear the air escape.
This should be a gradual process and not a one push squeeze to get it over and done with. If you rush this part of the process it can damage the taste of the cup of coffee.
This is a handy device! If you like camping or traveling it’s very handy to have around so that you can make your coffee anywhere you like.
It might take some getting used to at first and the grind is quite hard to get right.
But once you’ve had a few goes you should be making delicious coffee.
Areopress’s can be bought for as little as £10.00 to £15.00 if you know where to look.