Brewing Basics – THE AEROPRESS

The AeroPress is a rather unusual coffee maker, it was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, the inventor of the Aerobie throwing ring – hence its name. It’s a cheap, durable and very portable brewer that many coffee professionals take with them when they travel around the world. This brewer is very easy to clean.

AeroPress combines two different brewing methods. Initially the water and coffee steep together, as they would in French press. However , to complete the brew, a piston is used to push the water through the grounds and then through a paper filter. Like espresso and filter coffee maker.

Compared with other brewers, the number of different recipes and techniques that can be used that can be used with AeroPress is enormous. There is even a competition each year for the best technique, which started in Norway but has ended up growing into an international event. Each year the organizers publish the top three methods from the competitions on their website.

Ratio and grind size

The relationship between grind size, brew time and the amount of brewing water used is incredibly important here. For best results with an AeroPress, you should first decide what kind of cup of coffee you want to drink.

Traditional Method

Stove-top Moka Pot

Most homes have a moka pot in use or at least buried in a cupboard. It tends to produce very strong, very bitter coffee but it is sufficiently palatable to espresso drinkers.

The patent for moka pot belongs to Alfonso Bialetti who invented it in 1933. The Bialetti company continues to produce very popular brewers today. Moka pots are often still made from aluminium, although it is possible, and more desirable, to buy a stainless-steel model.

The bottom part of this screw-together coffee maker holds the water. Coffee is placed in a container (the basket) which sits inside the bottom pot, and then the upper section is screwed on. When heated, water rises up through a central spout and infuses through the coffee. The brewed coffee continues upwards through a column at the centre of the upper pot and is collected here.

Relish Coffee Top Tips

Cafetiere also known as French Press or Coffee plunger, is probably the most underrated method of brewing coffee. It is cheap, easy, repeatable and just about everyone has one at home.

Considering its name, it seems somewhat surprising to discover that the most familiar version of the French Press was invented and patented by an Italian called Attilio Calimani in1928.

The other relatively unique aspect of French Press is the way that it filters the grounds from the brewing liquid: by using the metal mesh. Due to relatively large holes in the mesh more of the non-soluble material from the coffee gets into the cup. The advantage of this is you get a little of the oil and some tiny suspended pieces of coffee in the cup, which gives the resulting brew a bigger, richer body and texture. The disadvantage is what puts many people off the French Press:the sludge. At the bottom of the cup you will often find a reasonable quantity of silty  particles of coffee that (if accidentally drunk) are quite unpleasant.

METHOD

GRIND SIZE: Course

RATIO: 75G Coffee per 1L

BREW TIME: 4 minutes