#BarisTutorials! How to Make Coffee Using An Aeropress!

Hi everyone! Ken here. This post is part of a long-term series I’d like to call #BarisTutorials, which is where I’ll be teaching you how to make stuff based on my own experience. I’ll be adding more and more of these kinds of posts as I gain experience, which means that we’ll be learning together! Now isn’t that just nice? 🙂 Enjoy!

[March 26, 2016]

What you’ll need:

An Aeropress! I’m assuming that you’re more or less familiar with the contents of your Aeropress since this tutorial is for those who already own one.

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The equipment.

A grinder. I’m using my own hand grinder, though an automatic grinder is also okay, if not recommended. I’ll be using a lot of elbow grease for this one.

Whole coffee beans. You can pick any kind of beans you want for this one. I bought a special washed bourbon from Bo’s Coffee in Manila. It’s from Benguet. You /could/ use ground beans so that you won’t have to use a grinder, but in order to get the best taste out of your coffee it’s recommended to grind your coffee just before use. 🙂

 

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The beans and the grinder.

A digital kitchen scale. You can actually use the Aeropress’ scoop, but I prefer weighing my beans just to be more consistent.

A serving pot! And some teacups and saucers! Hey, you’re serving good coffee. Might as well go all out. 😉

NOTE: Making coffee with an Aeropress isn’t limited to what I’m teaching here. You can make different versions of the same blend by altering the steeping time, amount of water, how you stir or press the plunger, and so on. The World Aeropress Championship for example highlights different recipes used by the participants to make different-tasting coffee (http://worldaeropresschampionship.com/recipes/)! So I encourage you to experiment!

So let’s begin!

  1. Place the grinder on top of the scale, tare it, and then place whole beans until you get a proportion of around 10 grams per 150ml. In this case, I was making around 300ml so I weighed 20 grams. You can change the amount of coffee or water concentration if you don’t like the end result. 20160326_223400_HDR
  2. Next, grind the beans! Since we’re using an Aeropress, the optimum grind setting is FINE, so you should adjust your grinders accordingly.
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    Ready, set…
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    UOOOOOOOOH! *burns with passion for coffee*

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    Looks good! And smells good, too!
  3. Place the paper microfilter into the filter cap and fasten the cap into the chamber. Newly-bought Aeropresses have a pack of these disposable filters with them. 350 in total. Pretty cost-effective, but you can also buy a metal filter, but it will probably affect the taste of the coffee since it doesn’t absorb the oils of the beans like paper does. The preference is up to you.
  4. Prep the filter by wetting it with hot water (throw away the hot water afterwards), and then pour the beans inside the chamber. Wetting the filter ensures that it sticks properly to the cap, so that the extraction later is even.

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    Make sure to pour it all inside!
  5. Place the pot on top of the scale, and then the chamber on top of the pot, and then tare the scale. This time, we’ll be measuring the water. Remember, the amount of water needed is around 300ml! So we’ll use our water accordingly. 20160326_225726
  6. Pour half the total water you need into the chamber using a trickling, constant, circling motion to evenly bloom the beans. In my case I had to pour 150ml of hot water in. 20160326_225809
  7. Stir the beans and let it bloom for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the water in (again, using a trickling, constant circling motion) until it reaches 300ml. Place the plunger in and wait for another minute. At this point the elapsed brewing time is now at 1 minute 30 seconds. Once you reach that point…
  8. For the next 30 seconds, press the plunger down! Press is so that you’ll be done by the time the 30 seconds is up. You’ll know if its over if you hear a faint hissing sound from the pressure, or if you can’t press it any further down because of the beans.

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    Not as hard as all that grinding, I assure you.
  9. Remove the chamber and check the coffee. Throw away the filter and the beans and wash the Aeropress with water. No soap. You can do this later, but I personally like to clean as I go.

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    Lookin’ swell! I should work on my camera skills though.
  10. Pour and serve. That’s it! In this case, I used small teacups, so It was able to serve around 3. I recommend drinking it black and eating foods that complement it, such as nuts and sweets.
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    Look at that beautiful liquid!
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    It’s like the coffee is staring at you, begging you to drink their deliciousness.

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    It seldom gets any better than this.

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of #BarisTutorials! If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you think I may have said some inaccuracies, don’t hesitate to comment here. Happy Hunting! Enjoy! 🙂

-Ken

 

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