Among all the brewing devices there's one that definitely stands out - it's Aeropress!
Besides being almost impossible to break and super convenient for travel addicts - Aeropress also gives you endless field for experimenting with the results varying from "espresso-like" beverage to a light and juicy "v60 style".
So let's study its features and discover some interesting recipes.
Tips for Aeropress lovers: what do you need to keep in mind while brewing?
Material. It's made of special dense plastic that has low thermal conductivity - which means the temperature of the water is kept inside = higher extraction of your brew!
Pressure. That's what makes this tool so different from the drip methods. Speed and strength of pushing will affect the result in your cup. And be careful: too much pressure can move the filter paper and create channels for water.
Beverage concentration. If you use a glass cup for brewing you can clearly see that solution density will be different on different levels: basically you have the layered drink right after you push the plunger. Stir the beverage well before serving in order to get the best experience from your drink.
The actual method. There are two ways to use your Aeropress: upright and inverted. Both have its pros and cons and fit different taste goals. Check it out!
Let us explain the pain points of each a bit more detailed:
When you brew the upright method - you have a "drip-style" bloom - because the water starts draining through coffee from the first seconds. If you want to imply the immersion phase - you can place the plunger on top of the brewer to create vacuum - yet you still uncontrollably miss some bloom drops from the start.
When you brew the inverted method - you better control the amount of water during the immersion stage, yet there's another weak point. Flipping the device to the upright position for pressing creates a part of uncontrolled agitation which can affect the final taste.
And here is your professionalism (and some special tips ;) come to make the best result out of each method.Aeropress tips:
- 2 paper filters to slow down the bloom dripping
- bypass technique
- back pressure to stop the drip
- strong vessel (regular server can break under pressure)
Putting all this knowledge together - we created 2 Aeropress "workhorse" recipes - one for each method. Feel free to try and adjust it for your taste.
And don't forget to enjoy your coffee!Upright recipe:
What you will need:
- coffee :) - 15 grams
- Water - 220 grams + some extra to rinse the paper filter
- paper filter (x2)
- brewing vessel
Step 1: measure 15 grams of coffee
Step 2: grind your coffee medium-fine size
Step 3: put 2 paper filters into the filter cap.
Step 4: heat the water up to 92C
Step 5: rinse the paper filters.
Step 6: put the ground coffee into the Aeropress and get ready to brew!
Step 7: start your timer and pour all the water (220 grams). Stir well 3 times.
Step 8: put the plunger and use the back pressure to stop the drip and create immersion phase
Step 9: at 0:50 take off the plunger and stir the slurry 3 times.
Step 10: put the plunger back and at 1:00 start pressing gently.
Step 11: press until the light "ssss" sound and use back pressure to stop the drip
Step 12: Let the coffee cool down a little bit and enjoy!
Stay tuned for more Aeropress recipes!