Imagine watching a breathtaking sunrise in your favourite place, with a delicious, freshly brewed cup of coffee. Imagine that the entire house is sleeping on Sunday morning, and you enjoy a tasty cup of coffee by yourself.
Sounds pretty relaxing, right?
Thanks to an ingenious American engineer, the AeroPress has allowed for these moments and has been creating ripples in the coffee industry since its introduction in 2005!
The AeroPress is a small, two-tubed device, stacked on top of each other. It draws its inspiration from espresso machine technology, using human pressure to separate the coffee beverage and the coffee grinds. It is similar to the French Press in this way, but it has quickly proven to be a much quicker way to brew coffee. Did I mention that it also brews a single cup of coffee each time?
Road Fact: The AeroPress is an eco-friendly brewing method, as the only waste is the coffee grounds and paper filter!
Stanford engineer Alan Adler, the inventor of the Aerobie Frisbee and now the AeroPress, was committed to finding a solution that would reduce the bitterness in his coffee. He realized that to do this, he needed to use pressure to his advantage. Using the closed chamber at the bottom of the device to increase pressure as he applied it to the top of the device, he discovered that he could brew a cup of coffee in a minute.
Yes, a minute!
Its innovation in brew time, coffee to water ratio, water temperature, coffee dose and push time led to AeroPress’s surge in popularity. The creativity that is possible with this brewing method is another contributing factor to its popularity, as there are thousands of AeroPress recipes being posted and shared on any given day.
This method has become so popular, there is now an annual World AeroPress Championship. When the World AeroPress Championship (W.A.C.) first occurred in 2008, there were only 3 competitors. Fast-forward a decade later, there were over 3,157 from 61 countries that competed for the title.
Step 1: Measure and grind your coffee beans
Grab your favourite bag of Road Coffee and grind your coffee to a fine grind, similar to that of table salt. Measure out 2.5 tablespoons of your ground coffee.
Step 2: Rinse and pre-heat
Heat your water to a temperature of 202°F and wet the paper filter once you have placed it in the lid.
Step 3: Add water
Add 2.5 tablespoons of coffee into the chamber, then slowly add water until the brewing chamber is filled. Gently stir once it is filled.
Step 4: Flip and press
Attach the lid to the brewing chamber, and let the device sit for 1 minute and 5 seconds. Then rotate the AeroPress top down onto your favourite mug and press down slowly for 30 seconds.
Step 5: Add water to taste
Taste your delicious cup of coffee and continue to add 202°F water if you desire. You are the coffee barista now, create the best blend for you!
Step 6: Clean and Enjoy
Now, all you have to do is take off the lid and push out the coffee grounds and filter.
Road Fact: The coffee grounds you push out are often referred to as the “puck” because of their round and compact shape!
Its flavour profile is similar to what you would expect from the tried-and-true French Press brewing method, however, this method brews a cup in a fraction of the time.
While it isn’t possible to compare AeroPress vs French Press coffee, the AeroPress is a great alternative to someone who is wanting their quick caffeine fix without sacrificing an ounce of flavour, or who is looking to enjoy a single cup of coffee for themselves, whether at home, in the office, or on a mountain top.
If its ability to brew amazing coffee and fit into virtually any bag wasn’t enough, the AeroPress self-cleans itself during the coffee extraction process. Coffee grounds are compressed and collected at the bottom of the chamber, making a quick and easy clean-up.
Road Fact: The self-cleaning design was discovered by accident! It was not Alder’s intention to have it self-clean, rather he was trying to perfect a single-cup brewing method.
Whether you are looking to enjoy your coffee on the road or at home, this compact and lightweight method will surely take your breath away with its delicious brewing abilities.
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Author Jordan Calladine