Designed by an American frisbee company,aeropress is the newest kid on the home brewing scene. It’s similar to the French Press, but uses disposable paper filters. It has a cult following for producing an excellent brew with clean flavours and great body. Ideal for on the go – aeropressmakes minimal fuss coffee away from the flock.
There are two ways to plunge – inverted or non-inverted. We chose ‘inverted’
Coffee should be a fine to medium grind. You’ll need 15g of ground coffee – around one packed aeropressscoop.
Boil your kettle (we prefer filtered water). The water should be just off the boil – around 93–95°C – so boil it and then let it stand while you do the next couple of steps.
Stand the aeropress so the filter is upright or inverted and set the rubber plunger to ‘4’. This will hold around 240ml of water.
Unscrew the filter holder. Moisten a filter paper with boiling water (to ensure no papery taste) and place it inside the holder. Rinse the brewing chamber with boiling water and preheat your cup with more of the water.
Drain the water from the aeropress and drop the ground coffee directly onto the rubber plunger. Pour the hot water over the grinds, using the stream of water to saturate the grinds as you pour, until the chamber is only 1cm from full. Give the grinds and water a thorough stir to ensure the coffee bloom is fully saturated.
Take the filter paper chamber and twist it into position. Set the brew timer for 2 minutes.
Pour out preheating water from your cup. As soon as the timer runs out carefully turn the aeropress right way up with the filter at the bottom, over your preheated cup.
Plunge by pressing down with a firm, controlled pressure until the chamber is nearly empty; leaving half a centimetre in the bottom.
Enjoy black or over some warmed milk or, for a refreshing treat, try it served with cold milk over ice.
Experiment with the grind, brew time and water temperature for some unbaa-leavable results.