We’re continuing to break down the art of brewing your own filter coffees at home, and in this next beginner’s guide Andrew, our Training Manager, will be showing you through AeroPress.
The AeroPress is one of the most convenient and versatile brewers out there. It is considered an immersion technique because we use the chamber to fully saturate the grounds and extract flavour, however upon completion of the brew we then filter through fine paper resulting in a coffee that is both super clean and full of body and mouthfeel. There is no shortage on the internet of methods and recipes to use with an AeroPress that yield results ranging from short espresso-like concentrated brews to grainy French Press style coffees. Today I am going to go through my go-to recipe when using the AeroPress.
- Quick & easy
- Inexpensive equipment
- Travel friendly
- Versatile results
Tools you need:
- AeroPress kit (includes paddle, funnel and filter papers)
- Temperature controlled kettle
- Mug (300ml+)
- The Grounds single origin coffee – roasted for filter
- Filtered water
1. Back to the grind
Weigh out 22g of one of The Grounds filter roasted single origin coffees. Grind about as fine as table salt.
2. It’s warm up time
Heat a litre of filtered water to 88ºC. Insert the plunger into the end of the AeroPress chamber just 1-2cm and turn upside down. Preheat the brewer, your mug, decanter and rinse the paper filter in the filter holder with hot water. This removes any paper flavour, while warming everything up.
3. Insert coffee to begin
Using the AeroPress funnel, throw the 22g of ground coffee into the chamber. Place on top of your set of scales and zero them.
4. Just add water
Starting a timer, pour hot water into the brewer gently and fill to 220g within 30 seconds. Stir vigorously for 10 seconds then gently slide the chamber down so the brew is level with the rim of the AeroPress. This will eliminate the air pocket between the cap and the plunger. Place the cap with filter paper on top and screw in to seal.
5. The waiting game
While waiting for your coffee to brew, throw out the pre-heat water from your decanter and mug. Place your decanter on the scale and zero then fill with 40g of hot water from your kettle.
6. Be a pot stirrer (only when brewing coffee)
At 2:10, flip the Aeropress on top of your decanter and gently press for 30 seconds. Stop as soon as you hear a hissing sound. Add a further 40g of cold filtered water to your brew and stir. You should have around 270g of brewed coffee at around 70ºC, perfect drinking temperature!
And you’re done! Pour straight into your mug for a juicy and sweet cup of coffee – enjoy!
If you’re keen to check out different ways to brew coffee visit our Pour Over for beginners guide here.