Press it!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011No Comments


The Aeropress® is a relatively new method of brewing in the ancient art of coffee brewing. In fact brew methods have scarcely evolved since the 1683 Battle of Vienna after Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki – having pilfered some coffee from the retreating Ottomans – filtered Turkish coffee and invented a primitive french press. (He went on to open Vienna’s first coffeehouse and is widely credited with creating the cappccino.)

Aeropress is a manual, pressure-brewed coffee technique that uses a paper filter to allow natural oils but prevents sediment in your coffee. It’s a lot like a syringe, where you place coffee grinds in the main vessel, add water, then plunge the coffee into your cup. It’s a wonderfully simple and effective way to make quick, hand-powered espresso-ish coffee. There are many “green” advantages to the Aeropress – it uses no power, it’s single serve so there’s no wastage and if you want to go the extra mile and pick up a re-useable Disk filter, there’s no disposable paper filters heading to landfills. The other great benefit is the hassle-free clean-up. The only byproduct from your morning brew is a solid puck of coffee that you can save as compost in your garden.

There are multiple ways to use the Aeropress and achieve different extraction techniques. Depending on your grind, dosage and amount of water you are able to acquire everything from a rich, ristretto style shot to a bright, clean americano. Here at Cherry Hill Coffee we prefer the inverted method with 16 g of coffee (cone filter drip grind) to 160 ml of water yielding a heavier body and more pronounced flavour characteristics.

* Always ensure the cap is screwed on tightly to avoid a mess like the above photo!


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