The AeroPress: Good Coffee; Fast

I like coffee. Real coffee though, not that dried out coffee powder I once took for the real thing. Many years ago, I discovered the good stuff and haven’t looked back since. Sure, it costs a bit more, but it’s so worth it. What has changed is how I make my coffee. My preferred methods up until recently were the familiar plunger, and the less familiar, but infinitely cooler, Bialetti. A few months ago, the kind people at More Flavour sent me an AeroPress Coffee Maker to try out. I have and it’s now pressed its way into my coffee production methods. I first thought that this was some new coffee making fad, but the 300+ page edition of the 2016 World AeroPress Championship shed a whole new light on the subject, for me anyway. Not only is it a very simple way to make coffee, but this easy method still allows for experimentation and creativity. So much so, there’s a world championship to find the best. Go figure. But what about the humble home coffee maker like myself, someone who likes a good cuppa but has no desire to be a competitive barista. Well, that’s the best part, it’s so easy, a cup should take you no longer than 90 seconds to make, and it’s good. How does it work?

  1. Boil water
  2. Place perfect-fit paper filter in filter holder. Attach to the funnel.
  3. Put in good freshly grounded coffee. I use three scoops for two smallish cups.
  4. Step 3. Flatten coffee out and pour in hot water.

(The instructions say serve at 80° Celsius, but the experts all differ on what temperature to pour. I reckon as long as the water is not boiling, it’s fine, anywhere between 80° and 95° C will do.

  1. Mix the coffee for about 10 seconds.
  2. Now the fun part, and where the AeroPress gets its name from. You slowly press down the airtight plunger which forces the air down and the water through the filter.
  3. Drink up.

Easy and quick, I enjoy the AeroPress. It’s not my exclusive method of making coffee, but it’s convenient and its good results make it a permanent part of my coffee making routine. The lack of sediment in the coffee and the easy-to-clean apparatus are additional benefits. The kit is made from hard plastic and can be easily packed for travel without worrying about it breaking. When you wake up at 4.30am to be on the mountain at 5 am and you want a good, quick cuppa, this is perfect. As long as you can boil water, you take it with you on a day hike and impress your hiking buddies.

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