BREWING GUIDE: AEROPRESS
If you're into far-flung ideas, you'll love the AeroPress. Invented by the same guy who thought up the Aerobie (those Frisbee-like things you can fling, like, two football fields) the AeroPress is a lightweight, portable brewing device noted for using pressure and a short brew time.
The AeroPress is perfect if you're just wanting a single cup. We love it because it travels well (just like those Aerobies!), and because it's easy to use, you won't be tempted to fling it against the wall. Take it camping -- and bring an Aerobie if you want to fling something!
We'll use the inverted method so start by placing the plunger in the chamber just under the 4 marking. Flip the assembly over and place on the scale with the chamber side up.
WEIGH OUT COFFEE TO BE GROUND
Weigh out about 17 grams of coffee to be ground. We weigh out slightly more coffee than will be used, often a gram or two is lost in the grinder. Fill kettle and heat water.
The grind should be about halfway between espresso and drip, similar to sand.
WEIGH GROUND COFFEE IN AEROPRESS
Weigh 15 grams of ground coffee into the inverted AeroPress and give it a gentle tap to settle the grounds. Tare scale.
BLOOM AND PAT GROUNDS
Just after boiling, remove kettle and let water settle. Start timer and pour enough water to just saturate coffee bed (about 30 grams).
Using your brew paddle, gently pat the grounds down so that all grounds are saturated. Let bloom, or expand for 30 seconds. Allowing the coffee to bloom ensures even water dispersion and a delicious cup.
ADD REST OF WATER
After 30 seconds, add water in small circles until the scale reads 225 grams. The slurry should just about fill up the entire chamber. Remove assembly from scale.
While, your coffee brews, place a filter in the filter cap and rinse the filter with hot water from kettle. This will help seal the cap in and also wash away any paper taste the filter might impart.
When your timer reads 2:30, stir vigorously 10 times.
FLIP AND PLUNGE
Work quickly: screw the filter cap with filter onto the chamber. Place your cup gently over the inverted AeroPress and flip over. Plunge into the cup. The plunge should last about 30 seconds and your final brew time should be around 3:00. Pro tip: If plunging is very hard and you are getting a lot of resistance, coarsen your grind. If plunging seems too easy, make the grind finer.
SERVE AND ENJOY!
We like plunging into the same cup you will be drinking out of. Saves time and dishes!