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Top 3 Aeropress Methods

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Here are the finalists’ Aeropress methods, all very different and all producing unique styles of brew. Generally, Alex’s brews had an intense fruit character with a heavy winey body. Ben’s however, showed transparency with crisp; citric acidity and floral notes. Lukasz delivered an extremely rounded and balanced cup.

All 3 methods are taken word for word according to their submitted technique to the judges.

Alex’s Method

Do a ‘blind’ press with boiling water to soak the paper filter.

Pour 20 grams of filter ground coffee in to the main Aeropress chamber.

Pour boiling water to “1” mark on the inner tube and wait for 5 seconds.

Pour water from the inner tube into the main chamber. Circulate water and grounds with a jug underneath, ensuring grounds are wet.

Fill water from boiler up to “3” mark on the inner tube.

30 seconds after pouring the first water in, pour in the contents of the inner tube into the main chamber. Then press firmly until the brewed coffee is extracted into the jug, but stop just before the ‘pppffssstt’ sound.


Ben’s Method

Begin by boiling freshly filtered tap water.

Invert your aeropress.

Apply a paper filter and run it under the tap until its rinsed.

Fill your inverted aeropress with boiling water, apply the filter, flip and press the boiling water through the filter to ensure there is absolutely no paper taste and to heat up the system.

Once again, invert your aeropress. The plunger should be about 1cm from the bottom.

Grind off your coffee, slightly finer than filter grind (Should be 14g by weight) and put it into your cup or glass. Keep this handy.

Bring your water to a rolling boil.

Put your inverted aeropress on a scale and zero out.

When the kettle hits a rolling boil, shut it off, open the lid and start your timer.

Wait thirty seconds to allow the water to cool a bit.

Add 1dL or ~95g by weight of your water to the aeropress and quickly zero out the scale again.

Add start your clock and add the 14g of coffee to the water and give the coffee a quick but efficient stir to completely saturate the coffee grounds in the water.

Add the remaining 1dL or ~95g by weight of water to the coffee slurry. The scale total should now read 109g.

Wait until the clock reads 50 seconds and then slowly and carefully flip the aeropress back upright. (I would use two hands.)

Begin slowly plunging. This should take about 25 seconds. Plunge until you hear any hissing or air escaping through the coffee puck. Quickly pull the plunger back up and invert your aeropress so it doesnt leak everywhere.


Lukasz’ Method

Start with the the Aeropress upside down.

Thoroughly pre-soak filter.

19,5 – 20g coffee, ground slightly courser than filter grind

2 dl water

Water temperature: 75 degrees Celsius

Stir 4 times

Stop stirring, secure the filter an turn at ca 10 seconds.(Total contact time ca 15 sec.)

Press and serve.

2009 World Aeropress Championships

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The second annual World Aeropress Championships have been a fantastic success. On Tuesday TW’s hosted the event to a excited and somewhat intrigued crowd of around 50 spectators. They were there to be inspired and to hopefully walk away with a winning approach to brewing on the Aeropress – the brainchild of Mr Alan Alder famous for the Aerobie Frisbee. 22 competitors battled it out for the chance to bask in the glory of the ‘Bronze Piston’. 8 heats, 2 semi-finals, a preliminary final and the final final made for a grueling undertaking for the competitors. Eventually, the best brew method would have to wow the judges 4 times before making it to the top.

A huge congratulations must therefore go to the 3 finalists Lucasz Jura, Alexander Scheen Jensen and Ben Kaminsky (alla Mette-Marie Hansen). All 3 finalists used varying techniques to acheive equally varying cup results. Generally, Alex’s brews had an intense fruit character with a heavy winey body. Ben’s however, showed transparency with crisp; citric acidity and floral notes. Lucasz delivered an extremely rounded and balanced cup.

Alex’s Amor de Dios brew was a favourite with the judges, Ben’s technique using the wonderful Geisha from Kaffa took out the signature drink honours, but in the end the presentation from Lucasz gave him the ultimate prize. He was humble, composed and spoke the most about the relationship between the Amor de Dios and Aeropress, and the development of his technique. A true champion.

A big thanks must go to the judges, Tim Wendelboe, Ingri M. Johnsen and coming all the way from Sweden, Mr. Charles Nystrand. All the competitors who made so much effort in their preparations and pride in their presses. The surrogates standing in for the international competitors, Kristin for Klaus and Mie for Ben. All the TW staff who ran around and made sure everything ran as smoothly as possible and to everyone that were there to support and hopefully learn something. A final thanks must go to everyone at Aerobie, especially Alan and Alex, for creating the ‘Bronze Piston’.

We will post the recipes and techniques very soon.

More photos can be seen here and here.