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How To Use an Aeropress

Updated: Mar 25

One of the simplest and most effective methods of brewing a great strong cup of coffee. The Aeropress is great for any coffee, given it's flexibility where you can adjust many variables like brew ratio, grind size, level of pressure, stiring and swirling. This is the only brewing method that brews by percolation, immersion and to a small extent, some principles of espresso brewing. A brief explanation below:


Traditional Aeropress Method
Using the Aeropress at home

Percolation - Water is poured from the top, and passed through ground coffee, with gravity pulling the water through. Drip or pour over coffee makers like the Hario V60 work this way.


Immersion - Water is mixed and infused with ground coffee. A cafetiere is the most common example.


Espresso - High pressure pushing hot water through a puck of ground coffee. The espresso machine.



Aeropress Morning

 

Who Invented the Aeropress?


Aran Adler invented the Aeropress in 2005, the same inventor as the Aerobie throwing ring! Aran's aim was to reduce bitterness in his coffee. To achieve this, Alan conceptualised the design of a closed cylinder and press to create enough pressure, and reduced brewing time, resulting in strong and less bitter cup of coffee. After a series of prototypes, the Aeropress was launched in 2005, but initially was dismissed by the coffee industry as a novel toy.


Aran Adler
The man, the myth, the legend. Aran Adler.

It took some years before the Aeropress was embraced as a fantastic brewing method, the results spoke for themselves! In Norway the World Aeropress Championship started with a small group of people as a hobby, then over the years, grew exponentially to the international and professionally recognised standards it holds today.


 

World Aeropress Championship


For those that want to get really geeky, they can get into the World Aeropress championship. Competing or spectating, this a annual global event which aims to find the best cup of Aeropress coffee in the world... Each year the winning recipes are published from the champions. These recipes are nerdy, unorthodox and precise beyond imagination. Everything from the weight, timing, coffee used, perfect coffee water with a specific mineral content and temperature. The community is super avid into how complex you can go with a relatively simple brewing device.


World Aeropress Championship
Contestants at the World Aeropress Championship


 

How To Use a Aeropress?



Getting started, lay out all of the Aeropress brewing equipment, and grind 16-19g of coffee on a fine grind setting:


1. Place one of the Aeropress filters inside the Aeropress cap, screw the cap onto the tube which has measurements on the side, then position the aeropress with the cap facing down, on top of a cup. Place a Aeropress filter inside of the the tube, on top of the cap facing down.


2. Boil 200ml of water, and let it rest for a few minutes (If you have a temperature controlled kettle. Bring it to anywhere between 80-85°C).


3. Pour some hot water over the filter.


4. Put between 11-13g of coffee inside the Aeropress tube.


5. Pour 200ml of hot water into the Aeropress, and quickly after finishing pouring, put the plunger in towards the top to create a gentle seal which holds the brew.


6. Let it sit for 2 minutes.


7. Pick up the cup with the Aeropress, and gently swirl for better extraction and flavour.


8. Leave for 30 seconds.


9. Apply a gentle level of force on the top of the plunger, pushing down until the plunger reaches the bottom. Stop pressing when you hear a hissing sound.


10. Enjoy a delicious strong cup of coffee!


 

What is The Inverted Aeropress method?


Getting started, lay out all of the Aeropress brewing equipment, and grind 11-13g of coffee on a fine grind setting:


1. Position the piston about 2cm inside the tube, turn the whole Aeropress upside down and position it on top of some digital scales. Put between 16-19g of coffee inside the Aeropress tube.


2. Boil 200ml of water, and let it rest for a few minutes (If you have a temperature controlled kettle. Bring it to anywhere between 80-85°C).


3. Put Aeropress filter inside of the filter cap, and pour some hot water over the filter.


4. Pour 200ml of hot water into the Aeropress.


5. Give the coffee a quick stir, and let it sit for 1 minute


6. Place the filter cap with the filter inside, on top of the the Aeropress, and turn to seal it in.


7. Slowly pull the tube a little bit down into the piston, until the coffee is nearly touching the filter cap (this helps secure the Aeropress from disconnecting during the flip)


8. Carefully turn the whole Aeropress upside down, so the filter cap is now facing down on top of a cup.


9. Slowly apply gentle pressure down onto the plunger, until all the coffee has gone into the cup.


10. Enjoy a delicious strong cup of coffee!


At Cannon we love using the Gunpowder Blend in the Aeropress. The Aeropress' unique combination of brewing methods work very well to get the most out of Gunpowder Blend, really bringing out that classic well balanced strong bold coffee taste, with subtle notes caramel and berry.

 

OUR COFFEE CHOICE


Roast: Dark

Grind: Fine

Origin: Brazil & Uganda

Cannon’s Favourite: Gunpowder Blend

Cafetiere notes: Full bodied, smooth and well balanced. Flavours of Caramel, Cocunut and berry afternotes.



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