Aeropress brew guide.

March 06, 2020

Written by WatchHouse .

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Favoured by professionals and novices alike, the Aeropress is a super versatile yet super easy immersion brewer. Designed by Alan Adler with simplicity in mind, you’ll be amazed by the number of methods and variables there are to explore when it comes to Aeropress brewing. Below are two methods to get you started, along with a few WatchHouse tips.

What you’ll need:

- Aeropress

- Aeropress filter papers

- Aeropress stirrer

- 15g coffee

- Coffee mug or server

- Scales

- Timer

- Grinder

- Kettle

- 200ml freshly boiled water 

Traditional method:

1. First, place the filter in the cap and screw it onto the Aeropress.

2. Place the Aeropress on top of your mug or server. Fill the device with hot water, rinsing the filter and warming up the Aeropress. Discard the water once rinsed.

3. Grind your coffee to medium fine and empty it into the Aeropress chamber.

4. Place your Aeropress and server onto your scales and tare to zero. When you are ready to pour, set off your timer.

5. Pour in 200g of water, which will take you approximately to the number ‘4’ on the Aeropress.

6. Using circular motions, quickly stir the coffee around three times to ensure all of the grounds are evenly saturated.

7. Place the plunger on top of the Aeropress and press down slightly. The plunger should rest above the water line, creating a vacuum for the coffee to brew.

8. When your timer reaches 1 minute, remove the plunger and give your brew a very quick stir.

9. Swiftly place the plunger back onto the Aeropress, and with a steady pressure plunge until it reaches the bottom. The total process from start to finish should take around 1:45, or when you hear the ‘hiss’ as the plunger reaches the bottom.

10. Remove the Aeropress, stir your coffee and enjoy! 

Inverted method:

1. Place a filter inside the cap and rinse it with some hot water. Set aside.

2. Warm up the Aeropress chamber with hot water.

3. Use the plunger to seal the top end of the Aeropress, and balance it upside down. The bottom end (where you fit the filter cap), should be pointing upwards.

4. Grind your coffee to medium fine and empty it into the Aeropress chamber.

5. Place your Aeropress onto your scales and tare to zero. When you are ready to pour, set off your timer.

6. Pour in 200g of water.

7. In circular motions, stir the coffee around five or so times, making sure all the grounds are evenly saturated.

8. When your timer reaches 1 minute, give the brew another quick stir and attach the filter cap to the Aeropress.

9. Quickly flip the Aeropress over, place on your cup or server and start to plunge. The whole process should take around 1:45.

10. Give the brew a stir and enjoy! 

WatchHouse tips:

- Experiment with filter papers. Using one filter allows some more of the oils from the coffee to come through to the cup, giving you a more aromatic brew. Using two filters will give you a cup with more clarity, similar to a pour over.

- Play with temperature. Higher water temperature will highlight acidity, while lower water temperature can produce a more mellow profile. Using a thermometer is an accurate way of exploring temperature and taste.

- Practice. The more confident you become working with an Aeropress using the traditional method, the less coffee will end up in your cup before you insert the plunger. Using the interested method allows you to get used to the device without any coffee coming through, so is a good place to start.