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  • Cherraldine Dayrit

Coffee Brewing Series 5- AeroPress

Updated: Jul 18, 2019

ALLOW CREATIVITY OVER YOUR BREW WITH AEROPRESS

Coffee is more than just a vessel for caffeine. A wide variety of beans and machines have recently turned coffee brewing into a delicate art. Depending on how you make your morning cup of coffee, you are exploring with the flavor, nutrition and caffeine content. Here is another exciting brewing method that you should try.

WHAT IS AN AEROPRESS?

The Aeropress is compact coffee maker that uses an immersion brew style but only immerses grounds for a few seconds. The grounds used are typically fine, around an espresso grind to compensate for the shorter immersion time.After the appropriate immersion time, the water is forced out of the brewer by manually pushing a plunger. The grounds are retained in the brew chamber with a filter.

The AeroPress coffee maker is a new kind of coffee press that brews coffee under ideal conditions: proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering. This results in an amazingly delicious coffee with a wide range of beautiful flavours, but with very low acidity.


BUT FIRST, WHO INVENTED THE AEROPRESS COFFEE MAKER?


A Stanford professor named Allan Adler invented the Aeropress coffee maker. He is an inventor known all over the world with a knack for funny-looking plastic items. His firm first became prominent in the 1980s, due to their invention of a new type of frisbee that managed to set some new world records before his company (Aerobie) became popular due to this advanced coffee maker. Adler was not satisfied with something that was not doing exactly what he wished that’s why he developed his skills to become one of the best modern-day inventors.

Adler himself was a long-time coffee lover. He was frustrated about most coffee makers of the time, since they mainly yielded 6 to 8 cups of coffee per brew. This meant that if you didn’t have friends or company, you would end up drinking the 8 cups by yourself. This means that some of the yielded coffee would go to waste. Adler couldn’t allow this problem to bother him any longer. He wanted to develop solutions to this issue. He went to his garage/laboratory and started the process of inventing a coffee maker that would yield only a single cup.


He started the work by experimenting with various pre-existing coffee-making methods. Automatic drip makers were the most common during that time. However, professional coffee brewers of the time opted for the pour-over method. In this method, you either use a French press or a Melitta cone. He wanted to come up with a better device that would address the problems in those devices.


THE DESIGN PROCESS

With a lot of experimenting and studying he realised that he could use air pressure, to enhance the flavour and reduce the time spent on the process. He came up with a prototype after just a few weeks working in his garage-cum-laboratory. His device involved a plastic tube using a plunger-like action. This would compress the flavours quickly out of the coffee grounds. He made his first coffee with his device and immediately realised he had invented something special.


It took Adler a whole year of perfecting the design. He tried different configurations and sizes. Finally, he developed the final product, calling it the Aerobie Aeropress.

The Aeropress is has become immensely popular since it was created in 2005. There is even an annual Aeropress competition called the World Aeropress Championship.

THE AEROPRESS

PLUNGER – The plunger pushes the trapped air down the chamber, forces the water over the coffee and through the filter into your cup/mug/cocktail shaker.

CHAMBER – Your ground coffee sits patiently in the chamber awaiting – to be brewed to sweet perfection.

FILTER – The filters ensure only the smoothest coffee makes it into your cup.

FILTER CAP – A neat little cap (fits snug on top of most mugs) which holds the coffee in place. There’s no escape from there.




AEROPRESS IS A GREAT WAY TO MAKE COFFEE

Aeropress is much less fussy than other ways of brewing coffee. You don’t need a burr grinder and no special technique is necessary. Just pour and push.

It is also inexpensive compared to other coffee gears and machines. The AeroPress is light and durable. With no glass to crack, it’s a good option for travel. It’s very fast. No steeping or long pouring. You can make a cup of coffee in about 60 seconds once the water is hot. The AeroPress produces a fantastic cup of coffee with clear, clean flavors. If you’re interested in really tasting interesting coffees and the differences between different roasts and beans, the AeroPress lets flavors come through distinct and crisp. Cleaning the Aeropress is also easy. The AeroPress cap comes off and you simply press out the puck of compressed grounds into the compost or trash. Rinse and you’re done.



What’s Important in Making AeroPress Coffee?


Aeropress is way simpler than many other methods of making coffee. However, you still need to be careful about water temperature. Remember that boiling water will make your coffee bitter. It is important to use water that is hot but not boiling (175°F and 195°F or 79°C – 90°C.)

Use quality beans that have been freshly roasted. Have your coffee ground when you buy the beans or you can grind if you have a grinder at home. For AeroPress you’ll want the coffee ground fine, like for drip coffee.


What You Need:


Water (filtered)

Whole coffee beans


Equipment:

Kettle, stovetop or electric

Aeropress, including scoop, funnel, and stirrer

Coffee grinder

Mug or small pitcher

Timer, optional

Instructions:

1. Heat the water: Bring your water to a boil then let it cool for about 1 minute. (175°F and 195°F or 79°C – 90°C) Then grind the beans, measure out 2 full AeroPress scoops of coffee beans (about 57 grams) and grind until fine. Wet the filter, assemble the AeroPress with a paper filter inside the cap and place on top of a mug or cup. Drizzle a little warm water in to wet the filter.

2. Add the coffee: Place the funnel on top of the cup and pour in the coffee. Remove the funnel. Then add the water: Pour in coffee until it comes up to the top line on the AeroPress.

3. Stir: Use the paddle stirrer (or a spoon) to stir once, briefly.

4. Press: Insert the plunger. Firmly press down the plunger until you hear a long hiss.

5. Taste and dilute: Taste the coffee and if desired add more water.


The AeroPress makes a concentrated cup of coffee and if desired you can split this amount between two cups and add a little more hot water. Serve and enjoy!


The Aeropress is a solid coffee maker that can serve as a good everyday brew method or a specialized piece of equipment in a large collection of coffee makers. Aeropress is a portable coffee maker that they can use when traveling. Anyone who likes a good cup of coffee may want to consider getting the Aeropress. It’s price, brew method and size make it an especially good choice for certain coffee drinkers.