Aeropress anyone?

Ever heard of an Aeropress? It's relatively new to the coffee world, but it's managed to gain a LOT of attention largely due to the fact that, well, it makes a fantastic and unique cup of coffee! The plunger-like brewing contraption was created by Alan Adler, president of Aerobie (yes, the same people behind the unique frisbee) in 2005. After a couple years of promotion at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America - the "be all, end all" of specialty coffee judgment) and catching the eye of numerous coffee roasters and cafes, the Aeropress has taken off and now claims a decent size of the coffee-drinking market.

The method is quick, simple, and relatively fool-proof. The result is an Americano-like drink that is as clean as a pour-over but as complex as a french press. Here's how it works:

  1. Measure and grind your coffee - medium roasts work best, ground for fine drip, 22g (approx. two AeroPress scoops) of coffee
  2. Boil water
  3. Pull the plunger out of the chamber until the seal is the only part still inside the chamber
  4. Place your ground coffee into the chamber so it lands on the seal
  5. Once water has boiled, pour it into a pitcher so it cools (you want the temperature to be around 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) for optimal extraction
  6. Place a filter in the holed cap
  7. Pour the water into the chamber, on the ground coffee, until the level reaches the one - give it a stir
  8. Screw the cap on the open end of the chamber
  9. Flip it onto a sturdy mug
  10. Start plunging! Gently press down to maintain pressure for 20-30 seconds.
  11. VOILA! A "double espresso" - although it tastes best with some hot water ("americano") and some foamy milk is optional.
So simply and yet so good - it will blow your mind! Want to try one? You can purchase them at our cafe or in our webstore!