We’re back with another article of the brew series! This week, we have some Aeropress brewing tips on hand for ye! The Aeropress has a cult-like following. Since it’s release in 2005 by frisbee company Aerobie, the Aeropress has slowly but surely become a favourite in the specialty coffee community. It’s inventor, Alan Adler created it in response to the question “How can you make just one cup of coffee?”. Even though the Aeropress is loved, it can be tough to master! So we have a few tips for you to make a great Aeropress brew!
Don’t Be Afraid To Play Around With It
The Aeropress is designed to be a fun brewer that you can control everything! Grind setting, water temperature, the amount of coffee to water are all controlled by you. So don’t be afraid to change a few things around just playing around with all of the variables, and find your favourite brew! James Hoffmann, Co-Founder of Square Mile Coffee, created a coffee brewing dice designed for the Aeropress. The dice can give you over 7,000 different recipes for the Aeropress, so you can have a different cup of coffee everytime! Check it out here!
We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again, boil the kettle and leave it cool down for about 2 minutes. We brew the Aeropress at a variety of different temperatures, but at home we just boil the kettle and leave it sit for a while. This just makes sure the coffee doesn’t taste burnt and nasty!
Try The Inverted Method
Most people brew the Aeropress with the filters facing down, as it was intended by Alan Adler. But what many of the Aeropress champions do, is turn it upside down and brew that way. This is called the inverted method. Some people argue that it creates better tasting coffee as the coffee is totally immersed in water, others say that it doesn’t matter at all! Try it next time for yourself. Give it a bit of a wiggle when you’re about to press!
Grab a Chopstick!
If you are using the inverted method, you might want to stir the mix when you’re brewing. Aeropress supply a stirrer for this but it’s not the greatest if you want to give it a proper stir. To counteract this, we grab a chopstick and get right in there! This gets to every single bit to ensure everything is brewing. Chance it sure! We used the handle of a thin fork to demonstrate it, it works just as well!
Reuse The Filters
Sounds odd, but the filters were actually designed to be reused! Some avid Aeropressers use them up to 20 times! Give them a good rinse under water when you’re finished, and bobs your uncle! We wouldn’t recommend this if you want a consistent cup, but if you’re up for trying something new every time, give it a shot!
Check Out The Competition
The Aeropress has its very own competition! It’s a fun, lighthearted competition where competitors compete to make the best cup of coffee made using the Aeropress. The organisers ensure the competition is not taken too seriously at all! Check out their site where you can look at recipes the previous competitors used! The lads over at European Coffee Trip made a video on the 2017 championship!
As always, grab your weighing scales and your timer when you’re brewing. It’ll help you make your favourite brew everytime!
The European Coffee Trip lads are also currently making a documentary on the Aeropress, we’re so excited for its release!
We have some Aeropress’s in stock, check them out here!
Check out the brew guide we have for the Aeropress. Let us know your favourite recipe!