Here at Kitchen Cookware Direct we believe that making coffee is as enjoyable as drinking the coffee we make. The art and craft of fine tuning the coffee making experience is a pleasure which we hope you will enjoy us sharing with you.
In this post we share the art of making the perfect Aeropress Coffee.
The AeroPress® Coffee Maker is a cult smash coffee lovers success story. For under $30 you get this amazing coffee and espresso maker. When you buy this you become part of a group of coffee connoisseurs that take their coffee seriously, but not too seriously. Makes 250ml (8oz) of coffee per serving. You can control the strength. What you get:
It almost hard to believe the makers of the famous Aerobie® frisbee would also make the Aerobie® AeroPress®, but they do and it's amazing!
Fresh ground is best. Use coffee that has been recently roasted. Good coffee has a roasting date on the packaging, choose coffee that has been roasted within a week or so. Use a full Aeropress scoop. (Adjust to taste)
The grind should be coarser than espresso grind but finer than drip grind. On the Hario Mini grinder we set the grind selector on the 6th notch from the finest setting.
Insert the plunger into the Aeropress and then pull it back until the rubber piece is just past the number 4.
Use the funnel provided to pour the ground coffee into the inverted Aeropress. It's a good idea to preheat the Aeropress before putting the ground coffee in. If you do, make sure to pour out the water before putting the ground coffee in.
Don't bring the water to a full boil. Remove from heat as soon as bubbles start to float up to the surface. The ideal temperature should be between 93 and 96 degrees Celsius.
Once the water is at the right temperature, be sure to rinse the paper filter by placing it in the filter holder and pouring hot water through it a few times. Placing the holder and filter on a cup or glass works well. You can also hold it carefully by the edges and rinse the filter over the sink.
Pre-infuse the coffee by pouring a small amount of hot water over the grounds, enough to just cover the ground coffee. Then allow it to soak (bloom) for about 30 seconds.
Blooming. If the coffee is fresh you will see a lot of bubbles in the water. This is a good sign. Stale coffee will not do this.
After 30 seconds are up. Use the stirring paddle to mix up the grounds. Stir 3 or 4 times to ensure all the coffee grounds are wet. No dry clumps. You do not want to over-stir, this will make the coffee taste bitter.
Now you are ready to fill the Aeropress with the rest of the water. Pour it in slowly in a circular motion so you are stirring the grounds as you pour.
You want to get as close to edge as you can without overflowing.
It's a good idea to place the filter holder with the pre-rinsed paper filter on the Aeropress to keep the heat in. Make sure you lock the filter holder into position by turning it clockwise so the locking tabs engage. Wait about a minute and a half to two minutes. (Personal preference).
When the brewing time is up, place the coffee cup over the filter holder...
... and while holding the cup and the Aeropress together, carefully invert them (flip them over as a unit) so the Aeropress is now sitting on the cup. Some like to give the Aeropress a spin or two as they do this, to ensure all the grounds are properly saturated.
Now you are ready to press! Push down slowly and steadily. It should take about 20 seconds. Stop pressing as soon as you hear a "hiss" sound. If it's really hard to press down, then your grind is too fine. If it's too easy, with little resistance, then your grind is too coarse. Experiment until you find your sweet spot.
Voila! We have coffee!! This method will yield an 8 oz. cup of delicious coffee. Enjoy!