Aeropress

Characteristics:  Using the traditional and inverted methods, the Aeropress produces a concentrated form of coffee that is similar to a shot of espresso.  The resulting coffee concentrate has a very smooth, almost buttery texture, with a thick body.

Aeropress Traditional

This is the way that the manufacturer recommends you use the Aeropress, it is definitely not the only way, but it makes a really nice cup of coffee.

 

 

Aeropress Inverted

After using the Aeropress for a few months we heard about a method that has become known as the “Inverted Method”.  This method allows you to gain control of the brewing process and compensate for some of the challenges of brewing in the Aeropress.  The biggest change with this method is that you are in-charge of when the coffee is allowed to pass through the filter.  With the traditional method, the coffee and water sit on top of the filter and coffee can pass through the filter at anytime.

  1. Place the plunger ¼” in the top of the brew chamber and place on a flat surface with the filter cap facing up.
  2. Remove the filter cap, place a paper filter in the cap, rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Place freshly ground (slightly fine than table salt) coffee in the brewing chamber.  We like to use a ratio of 15 grams of coffee to 4 ounces of water.
  4. Gently pour in your water (about 200°).  If you are making a full 4 shots of coffee, and especially if you are using freshly roasted coffee, you’ll need to add the water in stages.  The coffee will bloom, and the fresher it is the more bloom you’ll see.  If you add the water in stages, you can stir the coffee grounds to release the CO2 and limit the bloom.  This is a big reason why the inverted method works better.
  5. Once you have all of your water in the chamber, gently stir one final time, place the filter cap and filter on the end and tighten snugly.
  6. Using both hands, grip both ends of the Aeropress, rotate 180 degrees and place on your coffee mug or some other suitable container.
  7. Gently press down on the plunger until all of the water is expressed from the chamber.
  8. Remove the Aeropress, discard the coffee grounds and rinse thoroughly.  You can reuse the filters if you want to, just rinse the coffee grounds off and let dry.
  9. Enjoy!

The Aeropress produces a concentrated form of coffee that is similar to a shot of espresso.  You can use the concentrate just like espresso, drink it straight or you can use it to make Americano’s, Latte’s and many other espresso based drinks.

 

Aeropress Full Immersion

Recently we have seen many coffee shops using the Aeropress as a hybrid of the French Press.  This method works best with the Abel Disk or similar filter media.  The resulting coffee is not your typical Aeropress coffee and doesn’t resemble espresso at all.

 

  1. Place the plunger ¼” in the top of the brew chamber and place on a flat surface with the filter cap facing up.
  2. Remove the filter cap, place a paper filter in the cap, rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Place freshly ground (coarse) coffee in the brewing chamber.  We like to use a ratio of 16 grams of coffee to 8 ounces of water.
  4. Set your timer for 2 minutes and press start.
  5. Gently pour in all of the water (about 200°).  Take care to not over fill, as fresh roasted has a significant bloom.
  6. Gently stir the coffee, place the filter cap and filter on the brewing chamber and tighten snugly.
  7. After the two minutes are up, using both hands, grip both ends of the Aeropress, rotate 180 degrees and place on your coffee mug or some other suitable container.
  8. At this point you have two options
    1. Gently press down on the plunger until all of the water is expressed from the chamber.
    2. Remove the plunger from the top of the brewing chamber and allow gravity to do the rest.  Depending on which filter media you are using and how you have ground your coffee, this technique might not work.
  9. Remove the Aeropress, discard the coffee grounds and rinse thoroughly.  If you are using the paper filters you can reuse them if you want to, just rinse the coffee grounds off and let dry.
  10. Enjoy!