Have you ever used the aeropress method to brew your coffee at home? Like the French press, the percolator or the different pour-over methods, this is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to prepare your own coffee.
What is the aeropress
The aeropress is one of the most recent tools that have been created to prepare your coffee, dating from 2005 by Alan Adler. It’s a tool considered as a must have to prepare some of the best coffees as it allows to extract the flavours and peculiarity of the coffee in a great way.
The aeropress consists in two main pieces that are the cylinders, the first one with a airtight seal that fits inside the larger one, pretty similar to a syringe.
The preparation process is fairly simple and consists in just a few steps:
- Pre-heat the aeropress and clean the filter (if you are using a paper filter, which we recommend) by first pouring over some brewing water through it before preparing the coffee.
- Stir the coffee in the water and then let it sit.
- Coffee is left with the water -around 80°C – between 10 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the grind of the beans as well as the desired strength for the final result.
- Press the plunger through the tube and enjoy!
You can prepare by following those steps, but there are two ways of following them – therefore two ways of brewing you coffee, the second one being a simple yet major variation; the inverted method.
As the name indicates, turn around the whole unit and do not use a filter. Just be careful not to spill the coffee everywhere when preparing with this method!
The coffee that you will obtain with this brewing method is very fast to prepare and has about the same caffeine concentration as an espresso. It has less coffee solids left than a French press brewed coffee, thanks to the filter blocking most of them (in the traditional method). The flavour itself is extracted thanks to the air pressure, using a thinner grind than in most of the other brewing methods.