“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” ― J.K. Rowling
If ever there were an unlikely candidate for becoming the creator of a fascinating and useful coffee tool, it had to be Alan Adler. The inventor of the Aerobie flying disc and countless other toys stepped into the coffee world in 2005 with his invention of the Aeropress. Since its inception, coffee enthusiasts have passionately argued about how best to use the plastic brewer. Its combination of the strengths of the French Press and the insights of espresso preparation have led to a worldwide coffee phenomenon that includes national and world competitions. No matter which recipe you prefer, one truth stands: Adler created a durable, flexible, and consistent coffee method that plays to the imagination.
Even among the Coava family we were able to come up with several Aeropress methods that we all enjoyed. To demonstrate the technique we used the delicious and buttery Los Nacientes from Costa Rica. It's hibiscus, mango, and cream flavors perfectly complimented the low acidity of brewing with the Aeropress.
The following is one of our favorite techniques and is known as an inverted method:
Standard Aeropress Paper Filter
Dose: 15 grams
Grind: #5.5 (for finding your grind visit our post here)
Total Water: 225 grams
Yield: 220 grams or about 8 oz
One #coava250 gram bag yields 16 Cups through the Aeropress
Step 1. Invert your Aeropress and fill it with hot water to preheat.
Step 2. Place a paper filter in the cap of the Aeropress and rinse with hot water.
Step 3. Drain the water that is preheating your brewing device
Step 4. Using the Aeropress funnel carefully drop your coffee into the bottom of the inverted brewer.
Step 5. Place your Aeropress on your scale and tare.
Step 6. Start your timer and quickly pour 50 grams of water over the coffee bed.
Step 7. Immediately stir in all the dry coffee grounds to ensure complete saturation. (Pour and Stir time should not take longer then 30 seconds combined)
Step 8. At the 30 second mark, pour the rest of the water in gently (but quickly) to bring the water weight up to 225 grams.
Step 9. Place the lid on to help avoid heat loss.
Step 10. At 90 seconds flip the Aeropress onto your mug and steadily press all of the coffee out in an even 15 seconds.
Take a deep breath, kick up your feet in your favorite chair, and enjoy.
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