Intro to Aeropress
The Aeropress is the best on-the-go option if you don’t have access to a scale or temperature controlled kettle. As summer approaches, it’s a great option for a backcountry hike in the bush. It’s light weight, easy to clean & a relatively forgiving way to produce a consistent cup of coffee without all of the comforts of home.
Whether it’s weekends spent camping, work trip hotel rooms or just a single serve cup at the office, the aeropress brews up a delicious & inexpensive alternative to other solo cup brews.
Its origin is quite unique, inventor Alan Adler (yes the guy who invented the Aerobie flying disc that won the Guiness Book of World Records for “longest throw of an object without any velocity-aiding feature.”) decided that he didn’t like any of the single cup brew options on the market at the time and decided to come up with his own.
Fast forward 15 years and the Aeropress has an incredible following of diehard brewers. The versatility of this brewing method has become so popular that there is even the World Aeropress Championships that have been held annually since 2008.
I’ll introduce you to brewing with my favourite technique which is the inverted method.
Bring 200g (approx 7oz) of water to a boil & rest for 1 minute
Insert the plunger into the chamber
Weigh 15-18 grams of medium-fine ground coffee or 1 level Aeropress scoop if you don’t have a scale
Fill the chamber with water to the #1
Stir 5 times with your paddle
Start your timer for 1 minute
Prepare your filter paper, by putting it in the filter holder and pouring hot water through to rinse it over top of your mug.
Rinsing the filter paper makes sure it doesn’t affect the flavour, so you’re only getting the delicious flavour notes of your coffee. This also preheats your mug. Dump out hot water after you’ve preheated your mug.
Screw the filter & cap onto the chamber
Once the minute has passed, place your mug upside down on top and carefully flip the whole stack.
Carefully push the plunger down until you hear a hissing sound.
There are infinite recipes available to experiment with. Whether you try to recreate an “espresso” or what is colloquially known as “Aeropresso”; brew using the traditional or inverted method; play around with brew ratio, temperature or agitation. Try them out – let us know what your favourites are!