AeroPress

AeroPress

Congratulations on getting one of the greatest, most versatile pieces of coffee equipment you'll ever own.  Take it on any travels--be it in a hostel or a hotel, because it's durable and easy to pack.  For the same reasons, take it camping with one of these guys, and you don't even need electricity to brew supremely great coffee--even in the backwoods of the Absarokee's!  
While it might seem intimidating to use, it really is easier than it looks.  Just make sure you have all your preparations ready before you add the water to the coffee and you're good to go (oh, and the camping version of the instructions can be found here).  

Begin by gathering everything you need:
-AeroPress (pieces separated, and don't forget your funnel and paddle) 
-A paper filter for the AeroPress 
-A Gooseneck Spout Kettle (electric of stove-top)
-A Carafe (to let the coffee drip into)
-A Scale
-A Timer
-A Grinder

OK, so those things are all available and easy to reach.  Now, let's get started.

  1. Grind 18g of coffee (just a little finer than you would for a Kalita... so slightly coarser than table salt).  
  2. Invert the AeroPress, remove the mesh-screen and place a paper filter in the mesh-screen; place plunger at the bottom of the #4 dot.
  3. Preheat the AeroPress, mesh-screen (with paper-filter in it), and carafe by rinsing with boiling water.
  4. Use the funnel to get your grounds in the AeroPress, remove the funnel,and  then set the scale to zero.

Now, before you go any further, double check that everything's prepped and ready to go BEFORE you put water to grounds, otherwise things will get out of hand in a hurry.  If you've never made an AeroPress, the best way to to describe it is like making stir-fry: as long as you've got everything prepped and within arms-reach, you're set and things will be delicious... but once you apply heat to your ingredients, you've got to be ready see things through.  

OK, so you're ready?  You sure?  Good, let's move one.

  1. Pour about 30g of hot water over grounds and stir, starting your timer as soon as water has hit the grounds.
  2. Pour 220g of water into the AeroPress in a circular pour.
  3. Put the mesh-screen back on the AeroPress, making sure you’ve turned it to lock in place.  
  4. Put the AeroPress right-side-up on your carafe so it is ready to have the plunger depressed and the mesh-screen is ready to have lots of hot liquid come out of it.
  5. Once your timer says 1 minute and 15 seconds have passed, press down gently on the plunger (you shouldn’t have to push hard, just enough so the liquid comes out).  If you hear a harsh fizzing/hissing sound from the mesh-screen, you’re pushing too hard.  
  6. Once the liquid is out, take your AeroPress to the waste-bin and remove the mesh screen.  Fully depress the AeroPress to eject the puck of grounds and paper filter.
  7. Pour your lovely coffee into a lovely mug and enjoy!!