Part 3 in a series on brewing excellent coffee.
- By Jacob Long, Roasting & Quality Control Manager at Thanksgiving Coffee
Interested in brewing a great cup of coffee – quickly, and without much cleanup?
The Aerobie Aeropress may be for you. Aerobie is known for creating sports toys such as the Aerobie Flying ring, which when thrown, can fly farther than any other thrown object! The company is based in California and was founded by inventor and Stanford University Professor Alan Adler in 1984.
The Aeropress is hugely popular amongst specialty coffeehouses and Baristas, and there is even an Aeropress brewing competion held at the national and international level.
In the realm of hand brewing with so many methods to choose from, I believe the Aeropress is superior in the following ways:
1) Ease of use, allowing for a consistently great cup of coffee without having to pay a great deal of attention to detail as with the Hario or similar pour over methods.
2) Flavor; the Aeropress creates a really nice tasting, full bodied cup of coffee without the sediment of a French Press.
3) Portability; the Aeropress is great for travel as it is lightweight, durable and fits into an easy to transport carrying case.
4) Clean up is simple and fast.
Time to brew!
Here is a simple recipe which will produce a beautiful cup of coffee in about 2 minutes.
1. Start with a medium-fine grind somewhere between the texture of granulated sugar and couscous.
2. Place filter in black filter cap and lock onto brew chamber, place over cup.
3. Bring water to boil and pour a few ounces through the filter-lined and capped brew chamber to rinse the paper filter and warm the sever below.
4. Let the water drop to 200°(about 2 minutes off boil). Empty water used to rinse filter and warm the server.
5. Fill the brew chamber to just below the “1″ mark with coffee.
6. Pour approximately 2 ounces of water onto the ground coffee in the brew chamber and start timer. This allows for de-gassing of the coffee which will result in a more ideal extraction.
7. Wait 30 seconds for the “bloom” to settle.
8. Fill the brew chamber with water to just above the “4″ mark, stir gently, place plunger and wait one minute.
9. Slowly plunge brew into cup.
10. Serve and enjoy!