Aeropress Brew Guide

Brought to you by the manufactures of Frisbee!  (No really- it is true!)  This amazing plastic brewer is the ideal traveling companion.  It is easy to transport, there is minimal clean up and it can be quite forgiving in the brew too!  Lots of viscosity and flavor are delivered using the Aeropress. Here we are going to help you out some.  The first set of directions will be for a trained and clear minded barista.  The second set of directions will be quick and general for when you are on the go and summiting one of our 4k White Mountains, up here in the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

You will need:

An Aeropress, of course!
An Aeropress filter
Any old kettle filled with filtered water
Grinder (burr-style)
Freshly roasted coffee from your good friends at Flight Coffee Co.
A timer and a spoon/ knife/ stick etc.
Scale (the coffee world uses grams)

Your ratio: 

Our dose for the Aeropress is 17 grams of coffee to 200 grams of water. If you are being all cool and are off the grid and don’t have a scale, use one leveled scoop (comes with the Aeropress) of whole bean coffee (this is the ideal time to have already bought a Hario Slim Grinder). 

1. Measure and grind 17 grams of coffee and grind it to the consistency of beach sand or table salt.  (You need to think finer grind for this brew method).

2. Prep the AeroPress ready to brew by placing the filter in the basket. Next, preheat the brewer and rinse the filter with hot water. This gets rid of any paper flavor and warms everything up. Good thing to heat up your mug with hot water while you’re at it!  Remember to discard your prep water!

3. Place the basket to the bottom of the brew chamber and place it on top of the mug. If it’s handy, use the funnel (or coffee loader) that comes with the AeroPress to add 17g of coffee. Then, remove the funnel.  It should look like this:

4.  Add water. and start your timer when you pour hot water ( 195-200ºF) into your brewer. Saturate all the grounds within 10 seconds. Pour to the No. 4 or 200g of water if you’re using a scale. Spin the Aeropress, making sure all the coffee is saturated.

5. Next- stir that slurry! Place the plunger on brew chamber and create a pressure seal.  Don't plunge!  This is just to maintain brew temperature.

6. At 1:15, remove the plunger and give that yummy slurry another stir. Put the plunger back on and gently press down with steady pressure, stopping as soon as you hear a hissing sound. You develop awesome triceps if you continuously use this brew method. This entire brew process should take just under two minutes and yield seven to eight ounces of coffee.

7. Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up...Take off the basket and pop out the coffee grounds and filter. Clean the rubber plunger with hot kettle water and you’re ready for your next brew.

But wait! Let's say a friend shows up just before you are ready to craft brew.  What do you do?  You share the coffee love!  You always share the coffee love! So to make an Aeropress for two, follow the same instructions with these modifications:

Use 40 grams of coffee. You will need a slightly finer grind size for a 2 cup Aeropress, so it will still feel sand-like, but with a little less grit.  The water you add to dilute the brew should be around 175 grams. You want to give the slurry many stirs because the increased dose has a great chance of clumping.  

Follow the above steps.  When finished you will yield a concentrate.  Split the concentrate equally into two mugs, and then dilute with water to taste. Enjoy your coffee trip with your new best friend!

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