Making a cup of coffee isn’t complicated. You can go through a lot of different processes. But what you may not know is that you’re not really getting a good cup. You may scoff at the notion, but it’s true. Millions in fact don’t know what a quality cup of coffee is or tastes like. To change all of that, the introduction of the Aeropress has been changing things up. This may seem like a trendy element for artisan coffee, but it’s actually a lot simpler. It takes the notion of fresh coffee and it literally injects it into a cup for you. This may sound insane, but when you start to compare the simple reasons why this is something to love, you may never go back to drip methods every again.
Instead of fumbling with a coffee maker, grinder, and trying to figure out measurements to get a cup, this press makes it easy. You grind, pour, and press. Imagine the simplicity of a French press, only even easier. You measure your coffee, and you add water, and boom. The secret to this is in the brew method and the filter that comes alongside with it. The press creates purity in the brew and you will taste nothing but heaven from the beans.
Look at the cost of a coffee maker. Look at the cost of a “good” one. You’ll find that you can spend a fortune trying to get the right taste profile. That’s not the case when you look at this option. For a low cost, you could be making cups of coffee for less than 0.60 per cup. That’s right. This is an inexpensive design, and option that is revolutionizing how people think about their morning cup of coffee. This will not break the bank.
Use It For Tea
Don’t like coffee? Ok, well the Aeropress makes exquisite tea. If you like loose leaf varieties, test this out. It will filter things out that you don’t want, and create an outstanding taste profile that is hard to compete with. Once you test this option out, you will not go back to another format, guaranteed. This is not just hearsay, it’s being exclaimed across the world of caffeinated hot beverages.
At the end of the day, you have to decide what you want out of your coffee. If it’s taste above all else, this is one of the greatest methods possible.
Could you possibly make the AeroPress any better? Well, some people will argue that you can do this with relative ease. The key is to focus on the steps to inverting things. There’s some solid science that goes into this notion, and something that even “Mr. Coffee” tried to take on with their filtration systems. If you are going to test this out, you are going to want to look at a few reasons why inverting your press is the key to getting a much better tasting cup of coffee.
The Filter Element
First and foremost, the reason why many people believe that this is the key to getting the best is the filter. When you pour the hot water you want to use directly through the filter, more of the elements that you don’t want in your coffee will come through. That’s one thing to consider, but people will argue that it’s not going to help much. You are “boiling” water after all, and that should be the key to your brew in the first place.
The Quality of the Beans
The filtration element is definitely one of the main reasons why people invert, but the second is the beans. The coffee beans that you use will get a far better infusion of the water and therefore release their oils. The oils that you want released will give the coffee you drink an incredible taste. That’s something that you may not get from your average coffee shop. Remember, when you go to breakfast somewhere, they are using hot water, paper filters, and sub-par beans. This is not the case with the AeroPress, or at least one hopes not. The quality of the bean and the grind matters a great deal in this regards.
The Press Does The Work
Ok, the real methodology here is actually a matter of just using the AeroPress to begin with. While you can work with inversion, and hope that you can get that quality taste, the chances are that the press is really doing all the work anyways. You’ll have to test out both options. Test the inverted solution with the filter getting the water first, or try another method, and see which works best for you. Both arguments are definitely worth considering, especially when it comes to using this fine solution for a better cup of coffee.
Every morning millions of people reach out to get a cup of coffee. They go through drive thru options, coffee shops, or they make it at home with a coffee machine. There’s nothing wrong with these options, but they don’t really give you the taste profile of true artisan beans. While some may argue about this, the truth of the matter is that this is an incredible thing to pursue. Once you try the brew that comes from an AeroPress, for instance, you may never think about the morning grind in the same way.
Hacking The Experience
Some analysts have gone on record to state that the AeroPress is hacking the coffee making experience. It’s easy to see why. When you purchase and use this kit, you are compressing water and coffee into a mesh of oils and saturation that gives you a strong cup. While this is a fast paced solution, it completely changes the notion of the caffeinated beverage. The hack here is more scientific than most will admit. When using this solution however, you are pushing the limits through a vacuum sealed solution that is not too unlike a French press, although this is a bit less “fancy” in how it works.
The Methodology Changes
What most people don’t understand is that there’s method to the madness here. The “hacking” really starts to come to light in how you use the press itself. Some people swear by letting the pour-over sit, others say you should stir it, others talk about the grind and the temperature. However, as you may denote from the championships that were held in Istanbul, and even Seattle, the methodology could very well change the taste profile, but it’s the machine that does the heavy lifting.
The Chamber Changes The Flavor
The chamber here is the key component that you have to consider. The chamber isolates the beans and water and infuses flavors directly. The chemistry here allows for chocolate, fruit, or any other elements to push through. Creativity is the key here, as many attempt to change the methods and figure out how to best use the AeroPress.
When it’s all said and done, you’ll find that this is a coffee making option that dives into the DIY level. Not only that, you’re going to find that it can be used in traditional manners. Boil your water, grind your coffee, and pour over before you press, and taste. However, if you’re inventive, this kit could very well give you a whole new picture and perception of coffee.
If you want to look at locations on earth that love coffee, you may be tempted to immediately talk about Seattle. Yes, Seattle is one of the premier locales, but that’s not going to get you to the right locale. If you are serious about coffee, and you want to talk about it on a professional level, consider Istanbul. Turkish coffee has been compared to motor oil. It is strong, it is distinct, and the people of Turkey are absolutely serious about their coffee. It’s there that the latest AeroPress Championship was held, and roasters fought through various events to get the crown of champion.
The Champion of Coffee
The first place winner for this event created a compelling coffee through a distinct recipe. They utilize 20 grams of coffee, and an exact water temperature of 93.5 degrees Celsius. This was then passed through the Aeropress and roasted several times before tasting. The key here is science. The reason why Ufuk Arslan, Kronotrop won was due in large part to the distinctive science and thought that went into their recipe. However, one may argue that the main difference above all others is the AeroPress itself.
The AeroPress Difference
One can argue about what really makes a good cup of coffee, but it’s important to understand what went on at the 2015 Championship in Istanbul. People that competed in this were experts in coffee. So the methodology is the true secret here. Each one utilized the distinctive advantage of the AeroPress, which makes the best coffee right now. The reason why is simple. It takes the science of coffee and pushes it through a specialized filter, and traps the essence of the beans. When you have such a specific formulation, the only way to compete is to maximize the process.
At the end of the day, the Championship has only gone to show that there’s beauty and grace found within the coffee made with this press. It’s not your average machine, and it very well could revolutionize how you think about coffee as a whole. If you want to taste this methodology, get the press, and see why it’s completely rewriting the notions of what the essence of the coffee bean is.
April is a month of great joy. It is where spring starts to really come into the picture, and the winter blues start to really melt away. It’s also the month in which pranks are played. Well, at least one day of pranks are had, but that can start an all-out war. You usually don’t hear much in the case of brewing coffee, but this time around, several people bought into the notion that you can’t brew your own AeroPress coffee on a plane.
How could an airline outright ban someone? Well, the notion of brewing your own artisan coffee on a plane is ridiculous. However, it does bring up the notion of quality coffee on a plane. In the case of this story, however, the staff at “Sprudge.com”, really took on journalistic satire. The banning of the home brewing kit is a hilarious element that really sounds like it would be possible. It will immediately remind you of the movie “Airplane” with the notion of spilling hot coffee while in turbulent skies. Even though this sounds like something that could happen, it turns out that it’s nothing more than a prank that was perpetuated by the staff writers.
The Reality of AeroPress
First of all, you cannot make this on a plane. You can’t really brew a cup of coffee because you can’t power the hot water. You could possibly buy some from the stewards of the plane, but making your own with this press? Not possible. You could however take it to a hotel and make a fresh cup in your hotel room or wherever you are able to do so safely. The notion of banning this option on a plane is definitely hilarious, but it’s not reality.
At the end of the day, if you want a good cup of coffee, you’re going to have to wait. In the air, you just can’t savor the brew that comes with the AeroPress, sadly. But did US Airways really ban it? Not really. It’s good humored ribbing from enthusiasts of coffee, and one that is definitely worth a chuckle as you sip a cup from your press today.
Now, you are probably looking at the title of this blog, and thinking that we are confused. You’re thinking that coffee isn’t actually that calming, and you can think of many things that are a lot more calming than coffee! But in a world where politics seems to really divide us and all the noise about tough budgets maybe it is time for us to rethink the way that we view coffee.
Perhaps what we need to do, instead of news channels panicking, and economic analysts shouting out numbers that none of us understand like no tomorrow, we need to get people in government to shut up, sit down, and make themselves a great cup of coffee – maybe using an Aeropress to make it, giving it splendid flavour and vitality. Because there is nothing more calming than taking ten minutes out of a busy day to sit, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making a cup of coffee.
Coffee can conquer all, can level all people, and give you that wonderful satisfaction that despite what’s going on in your life, you are holding something precious and untaintable. You cannot hurt coffee, and it cannot hurt you. When you sit around a table with other people, drinking coffee, everything always becomes that little bit clearer. You can’t argue with coffee, and you should treat your coffee time as a time for no arguments. It is just about the coffee.
So instead of worrying about the financial changes that are going to happen because of the new budget in Australia, why not sit down with a rather lovely mug of coffee, and take a deep breath. Smile. And drink.
You may have seen in the news recently that a company has released the details of what it calls The Craft Brewer. Many coffee enthusiasts perked up their heads immediately: a new machine that can promise the most amazing and delicious mug of coffee? But they were immediately disappointed, because this machine that costs £7,700 has not been created to satisfy our love of caffeine. No: it has been created to make the perfect cup of tea.
It is almost ridiculous, actually, when you read through the spiel that the company has offered its tea-drinking masses. The Craft Brewer promises to “change the air pressure, so the soluble flavour elements and natural sugars are extracted more completely and with greater purity”. It uses RAIN technology (that’s reverse atmospheric infusion, to you and me) to force air through the tea bag in a rather strange way, all in aid of creating the perfect cup of tea. And this complicated and mechanical process will only take you a minute.
But as all coffee drinkers will know, what’s the fun in that? Half of the joy of making a brilliant cup of coffee is the loving time that it takes to formulate it. Aeropress coffee machines don’t take forever, but they do allow you to savour the waiting period, making that first sip of coffee incredible. You don’t want to have the perfect cup in a minute: you want to wait patiently for the perfect cup, to enjoy the craft that created it.
So where can you buy this machine that makes the perfect cup of tea? In a wonderful twist of irony, you can’t. But you can try them out – in some of New York’s favourite coffee houses.
Image from http://bkonbrew.com/
If you are drinking a cup of coffee, the last thing that you want is for it to be…well, just not that good. You want a great mug of coffee, something that will see you through the long day, instead of leaving a bitter taste in your mouth because it just didn’t live up to your standards. But although many people will swear by a particular coffee brand, or insist that coffee needs to brew for a certain length of time, the one factor that has the biggest part to play when it comes to the taste of your coffee is neither of these things. In fact, it is actually something far more scientific: the particle size.
Now, it may sound ridiculous, but hear me out. When looking for that perfect, smooth, gorgeous taste that a really good cup of coffee offers, it is all about particle size. This means that you need to start paying attention to exactly how your coffee granules were ground up. If they end up being all different sizes, none of them really following any sort of standard, then your coffee will never be quite up to scratch. However, if you use a burr grinder and grind up the coffee beans yourself, then you can ensure that all of the granules will be almost exactly the same, giving you the perfect cup of coffee.
There are different brands of burr grinder that you can invest in, but the best is really the Kyocera. A grinder should never be cheap and nasty, because then you’re just going to create cheap and nasty coffee. If you truly care about the taste of each mug that you nestle between your hands, then it is time to get serious, and buy a burr grinder.
Now, we all think that we can make the perfect cup of coffee. After all, you love what you can brew! But it can difficult sometimes to prove to other people that your way is the best way – but no longer. Now barista professionals as well as the casual enjoyer of a cup of coffee had the chance to demonstrate to the crowds, and more importantly, to their friends, that the mug that they can provide is categorically the best ever: at the Irish Aeropress Championships.
This celebration is not as light hearted as you may think, however: the winners not only get the joy of triumphing over their competitors, but also win the opportunity to take part in the World Barista Championships that will be held in Italy later on in the year. Rather unusually, the Irish Aeropress Championships are open to baristas that work with coffee for a living, as well as a normal home consumer, to take part, which left the competition wide open.
This year, twenty four different confident coffee consumers stepped up to the kettle to take on the challenge. The three judges gave them eight short minutes to prepare what they considered to be the perfect cup of coffee, and then they tasted each of them. But instead of elaborate scoring, and confusing algorithms to choose a winner, the Irish Aeropress Championships have a much simpler way of deciding: on the count of three, the judges point to the person that they think should be the winner.
This year’s winner was Monika Winiarek, of Coffee Angel, and she is very excited to continue her competitive streak in Italy at the World Barista Championships. But she would not reveal that dark secrets that make her cup of coffee utterly perfect.
Photo from http://www.independent.ie/