Make the aeropress your backup.

We coffee addicts, and even those of us who are coffee dabblers, usually have a go-to joint for our caffeine fix. But what of those particularly hectic workdays when you barely even have time to leave your desk? Or those rare and marvellous occasions when you find yourself travelling through unfamiliar lands, and you find that a good cup o’ joe is all too rare, and none too marvellous? In these situations, I put it to you that the consistent, tea-like gradual release caffeine buzz that is Aeropress is your best bet.

‘Third wave’ or filter coffee can often seem an overwhelming prospect, not only for its high-school-chemistry-looking gadgetry and need for precision, but also its almost dogmatic rejection of all things lactose-based (or adjacent). But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, in environments where a good coffee can be hard to find, it could be your salvation.

To become a competent (read: better than instant coffee or bad espresso) aerobrewster, you don’t need much, just:
A few abstract items:
• The ability to learn a new skill
• A willingness to drink black coffee
A few concrete items:
• Roasted coffee beans (as good quality as you can get your hands on)
• An aeropress
• The coffee scoop and filters that came with it
• A hand grinder (this one grinds well, is easy to use and tiny – it fits inside the aeropress itself)
• Your phone, if you can be bothered to time your brew
• A kettle, water
• A coffee mug

Nice-to-haves:
• Digital scales. Accomplished brewers consider these a must-have, if you already have some, use them, otherwise I think you’ll be ok.

What you do
1. First off, get everything together. Fill the kettle and set it to boil. You want boiled water that has cooled slightly (about 80 degrees).
2. Scoop in a scoopful of coffee and grind away until all the beans are ground. Set the aeropress up as above; the inversion method is the easiest. Pour in the ground coffee.
3. Dampen one circle of aeropress paper with a few drops of water and place it in the lid.
4. Set a timer for up to two minutes. Start the timer. Slowly pour in the boiled water over the course of about 20 seconds, trying to evenly coat all the coffee grounds you can. Agitate the aeropress slightly (either with a teaspoon or just twirl/shake it a touch) to make sure there are no pockets of dry grounds.
5. When there are only about 20 seconds left on the timer, screw the lid on the top aeropress and place a mug upside down on top.
6. Flip the entire thing, mug and aeropress over so the aeropress is on the top and the mug is on the bottom. Slowly press all the water through the aeropress until the time is up.
7. If you wait a few minutes, when you take the lid off the aeropress to clean it, you can push the wet coffee grounds out in one neat puck.
8. Savour your coffee as it cools and the flavours change.

Have you tried aeropress? Have you had good results?

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7 Responses to No more shit #travelcoffee and #workcoffee

  1. Gaby says:

    Somehow there’s an aeropress in my house (was here when I moved in) but the filters were not properly packed. Do you know if I can use other kind of filters? If not, do you know where can I get the proper ones?
    Gaby recently posted…Food for thought: Dry July is over… what’s next?

  2. Love my Aeropress! Still doing it the old-fashioned way but will have to convert to inverted soon.
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  3. Fairlie says:

    Interesting post! I hate bad coffee, and when we travel the early part of every morning becomes a quest to find a drinkable espresso! I’m not sure I have the attention to detail required for this method though.
    Fairlie recently posted…10 memorable Vietnam experiences

  4. I’m another huge fan of the Aeropress – it’s all we use at home. I’ve also tried roasted ground cocoa beans in it – with more limited success (made the house smell like melted chocolate though = worth it!)
    Louise Rhodes recently posted…Turi – Grenfell Plaza, Adelaide – July 2014

  5. I love my aeropress. I go through phases of coffee at home – drip, moka, french press, but the aeropress is really quick, easy to clean, and always makes a good cup. Because most of my coffee at home is coffee for one, it’s the best bet!
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