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AeroPress Recipes and Methods
What are your go-to AeroPress recipes? What have you experimented with?
To start off with, my go-to method starts the inverted method. I don't really see much value in the "original" method where you watch your coffee drip out of the filter from the beginning (disclaimer: I do have a version of this I like for light-roasted, less soluble beans - but I'll save that for another day). For those new to AeroPress, see the pic attached. It's that way round.
So, inverted method. I keep the rubber seal fitted as low as possible so I can fill the AeroPress to max capacity. Then I pre-boil my kettle and let it settle for a minute. I place the paper filter in the basket and pre wet with hot water (advisable when brewing with any paper filter) before starting so everything is ready to go.
Then I add my coffee: 20.5g for medium roasts --> 22.5 lighter roast. Medium filter grind (will explain tweaks later on*). Fill water halfway, start my timer and immediately push all the grounds into the water with the paddle like a multitasking ninja! I top up the water basically as high as I can and then sit and watch it, while watching my timer. At 1:00 on the clock, I push the grounds down again and give it a little stir with the paddle, and as quickly as possible get the filter basket on, invert it over a mug or jug and press. I aim to finish extracting by 1:30 on the dot*. Pro-tip: place a serviette or towel under the mug you're pressing into - it'll prevent the risk of a slipping mug and second-degree coffee burns (although there are worse scars to have).
Notes on pressing: I try get above the AeroPress and use my body weight to control my consistency. *If you are pressing with consistent force and you're finding your press is either taking too long or too short (aiming for the 1:30 mark), the first thing to adjust is grind size. Making it finer will add resistance to your pressing and thus make it slower; and the opposite with a courser grind.
Anyway, I like to experiment with different recipes but this is my trusty go-to recipe when I'm trying a new bean I know nothing about.
Yeah, so that sounds very nice and sciency. But im a busy guy. i dont have time your faffy stuff. i find that by not following the rules or sticking to all these fancy shmancy methods, im able to get exciting and always different cups of coffee. EVEN WHEN USING THE SAME BEAN! Its like buying wide selection of coffee, but only having to shell out for one bag. Each cup is a whole new ball game and i get more bang for my buck using me method of no method. in fact, thats what my method is called. the no-method method.