For most coffee drinkers, brewing the coffee correctly is the most important part, especially if you’re trying to recreate that perfect cup at home.
The Aeropress is a surprisingly modern coffee maker, invented in 2005 by Alan Adler – the inventor of the Aerobie throwing ring. It's a very popular coffee maker, not least because it’s extremely portable, easy to clean and one of the quickest ways to brew coffee.
The Aeropress could almost be described as a cross between an espresso machine and a cafetiere as the water and coffee are steeped together, then pushed through a filter using a piston.
The brewed coffee produced is smooth and rich, but much less acidic and bitter than drip brewed coffee.
So how do you achieve that smooth, rich and flavorsome coffee?
- Insert a fresh micro-filter into the Aeropress and twist the cap onto the chamber
- Pour some hot water over it to rinse the paper and warm up the device
- Place the Aeropresss over your cup and add the coffee
- Boil the kettle and wait for 10-20 seconds
- Pour in your hot water (about 4/5 cup for 1/2 oz) and stir the coffee gently for 10 seconds
- Place the plunger in place and leave the coffee to brew (up to 1 minute depending on preference)
- Slowly push down the plunger (around 20 seconds) until all of the coffee is in the cup
- Draw back the plunger to avoid drips and dispose of the grounds by removing cap and pressing the plunger over the bin
- Rinse the rubber seal and wipe clean
- Enjoy your coffee!