From Aero-mess to Aero-best

Fri 17 August, 2018

Junji has high hopes for the next World Aeropress Championship and wants to share his tricks. As with all of our brew guides, we at Mecca believe in the dual power of data and heart to nail your coffee every time.

Junji has high hopes for the next World Aeropress Championship and wants to share his tricks.

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Not many things in the world are as lighthearted and charming as a frisbee. A frisbee is a simple piece of plastic that anyone can pick up and have a go with. Perhaps this was the motivation that steered Alan Adler to invent a simple, approachable and lighthearted new coffee brewing method in 2005 with the Aeropress.

With only minimal product updates since its release, the Aeropress is now the go-to brew method for hikers, office workers, travellers and baristas alike, and for good reason. It’s durable, simple, consistent, and offers the user just enough room for personal flair that you can feel like a master barista when you nail a brew.

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As with all of our brew guides, we at Mecca believe in the dual power of data and heart to nail your coffee every time. That means you will need:

  • Coffee to suit your flavour goal (more on that in a sec)
  • A set of Acaia scales or equivalent
  • A kitchen timer
  • A kettle
  • A decent grinder with measurable grind settings (contact us if you’re unsure)
  • Stirring Paddle
  • Vessel to press into, between 67-95mm diameter and >200mL capacity (ie. most mugs, or a carafe if you’re feeling fancy)

Before you begin

The magic of the Aeropress is in its ability to make a lightning fast espresso-style brew or a long gentle cup more reminiscent of a pour-over or French press.

We recommend a filter-style brew when using our single lot coffees, and the below recipe will give you just that. Keep in mind that specific flavour categories and specific brew recipes for each coffee can be found on their retail cards, and will guide you in finding your ideal coffee!

Do you feel like something Light & Floral, Rich & Comforting, maybe even Wild & Funky?

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Our Recipe

1. Kettle on. Yep.

2. 12g Coffee, ground to medium-coarse particle size

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3. Carefully centre the paper filter over the lid, and wet with a small amount of water. The goal is to ensure all holes are evenly ‘sealed’ by the paper filter.

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4. Open up the aeropress so that the plunger is only 1cm into the chamber. Stand it up on its end on the scales, pour in coffee and tare the scales.

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5. Start the timer! Pour 200g water into the chamber.

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6. After 1:30, stir the coffee with the paddle.

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7. Screw on the lid, and using a hand on each half of the aeropress, invert onto the top of the carafe.

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8. You can now press down the plunger, over a period of ~20 seconds. (If the plunging seems too difficult, you may have too fine a grind.)

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9. Transfer into a mug, and clean the aeropress immediately. Enjoy!

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