Our weapon of choice for coffee on the go, the Aeropress is one of the most versatile brewers on the market. So much so that there are even competitions on who can make the tastiest brew using an Aeropress held in different countries across the world every year! It’s portable size makes it ideal for backpacking and travel, and it is perfect for making a single cup of hassle free, delicious coffee.
At Continuum Coffee, we believe in starting simple, and then playing with one variable at a time to get to your desired cup. One of our favourite recipes is based off of James Hoffman’s Ultimate Aeropress recipe, which we love because it follows this mantra so well (and if you haven’t watched James Hoffman’s series on the Aeropress yet, we highly recommend nerding out on it, as it’s as entertaining as it is educational).
What you’ll need
- 1x Aeropress
- 1x Grinder
- 1x Scale
- 12 g of coffee
- 200 g of 93 C/200 F water (or a few minutes off the boil)
- Assemble everything you’ll need from the list above
- Begin boiling your water, or setting the temperature on your variable temperature kettle (optional)
- Weigh your 12 g of coffee and grind at a medium-fine grind (roughly the coarseness of sea salt)
- Place your aeropress filter in the detachable mesh and secure it to the bottom of your brewer
- Place the brewer on top of your mug or carafe, and pour in the ground coffee
- With these items on your scale, pour the 200 g of hot water on the grounds, start your timer, and place the plunger on the top of the brewer immediately, creating a seal to stop the coffee from continuing to drip
- At the 1:30 mark, take your mug/carafe and brewer off the scale and give it a little swirl, placing it on your counter or table afterwards
- At 2:00, slowly press the plunger down over the course of 30 seconds, to complete the brewing process at a total of 2 minutes 30 seconds
- Voila! You have a single cup of deliciously prepared coffee, anywhere
As noted above, this recipe is intended to get you started, but this is where the fun begins. Feel free to adjust the variables below to fine tune the process to get your desired cup.
- Too bitter? Try grinding coarser or lowering the temperature of your water
- Too weak? Try brewing for longer or increasing the amount of coffee relative to the water
- Too sour or strong? Try the opposite :)
There are many variables to play with and it can be quite the rabbit hole, but these are some suggestions to get you started. Enjoy!