The Aeropress is definitely the most compact and no fuss brewing method on the market. Due to its easy-to-use functionality, it is perfect for the traveling jet setter or those who just want great coffee on the run. It was invented by Aerobie. Yes, the same dudes that invented the Frisbee.
What you will need:
- Aeropress filter paper (x2)
- Freshly ground coffee
- Hot water (92-96 degrees)
- Aeropress paddle
The Traditional Method:
- Insert two filter papers into the cap and secure it to the Aeropress. Place the Aeropress over a cup. Soak the Aeropress chamber with hot water to saturate the paper filter. This removes the paper taste and pre-heats your cup. Discard the water, leaving the filter paper in place and place the Aeropress chamber back onto the cup.
- Weigh out 19 grams of beans and grind to a medium-course grind. It should feel like table salt.
- Get your kettle on.
- Add your freshly ground coffee to the Aeropress chamber. Give a gentle tap to settle the grounds. This will give you an even bed. Set your scale to zero.
- Let your water reach boiling point and allow it to cool for about 30-45 seconds. Now we’re ready to start brewing.
- Start your timer and quickly pour until you reach 240 grams. You'll notice that it will drip a little when you're adding water. Don't worry too much.
- After about 30 seconds you’ll notice that a layer of grounds will form on the surface of your brew. Give a quick stir to evenly immerse the grounds.
- Insert the plunger (rubber seal first) into the brewing chamber. This will stop the dripping and keep the heat in. Once your timer reaches 1:30 minutes, push down on the plunger gently and steadily. As soon as you hear a hissing noise, STOP! Your final brew time should be approximately 2 minutes.
All my methods are straightforward and simple. I hope they give you an understanding to brew better coffee to the taste you like.