Alan Adler is a resourceful man. In addition to a Frisbee-like clay disc, the American also invented the AeroPress – a particularly practical cafetiere for on the go, the office and your own four walls.
Adler’s invention allows anyone to make perfect coffee really quickly – and in the truest sense of the word. Everything you need to know when using this preparation method you find in our step-by-step guide.
What does it take to make a really good cup of coffee? That’s right, first of all, you need high-quality beans, preferably freshly ground. When using an AeroPress the grind should be somewhat finer than you’d use for a pour-over. We’ll choose our JOHO’s Äthopien (Ethiopia) and weigh out 17 grammes.
2. PREPARING THE AEROPRESS
Take hold of the brewing cylinder and piston. As we have chosen the inverted method of preparation, we put the two parts together and then put the AeroPress practically upside down. In order to be able to later measure the amount of water exactly, we put it on a digital scale.
3. ADD THE COFFEE
4. FIRST POUR
After adding the water we gently stir. Ensure that all of the coffee comes into contact with the water. Then we treat the water-coffee mixture to a 30-second break. During this time you can enjoy the smell, which should be reaching your nose by now, at the very latest.
6. SECOND POURING
7. MOISTEN THE FILTER
We can use this free minute to insert the filter in the filter cap and moisten it gently. The hot water helps the paper to lose its characteristic taste – which is important when making the perfect cup of coffee! Before we affix and tighten the filter cap, we carefully stir the coffee in the brewing cylinder again.
8. TURNING THE AEROPRESS
9. DEPRESSING THE PISTON
At this stage there are only a few moments separating us from an excellent cup of coffee. We push the plunger down, slowly and steadily. As we do, the water-coffee mixture is forced through the filter. Press all the way down and voila – it’s finished!
Beans, fineness of grinding, water temperature, brewing time: these factors influence how the coffee tastes in the cup. And because everyone has their preferences, you can, of course, vary these factors. When preparing with the AeroPress we have achieved our best results with JOHO’s Äthopien (Ethiopia). This single-origin coffee from Didu has a spicy aroma and a moderate acidity – ideal for this method of preparation!