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How to brew AeroPress coffee

Published on August 1, 2017
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Want to take those speciality beans to the next level? The coffee pros at Bristol’s Extract Coffee Roasters introduce us to the funky world of filter brew

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Extract’s golden rules of brewing part 2

Follow these coffee commandments for a quality caffeine hit …

  1. Beany balance. The golden ratio of coffee to water changes when you switch up the brewing method. For filter, try 60-80g coffee per litre of water to hit the sweet spot.
  2. Recipe rituals. Recipes are only guidelines and everyone has their own signature style when it comes to coffee. Whether that’s super strong or smooth and subtle, use the ratios as a starting point.
  3. Experiment. Coffee a little weak? Try extending the brew time, upping the dose or grinding the beans more finely. Too strong? Shorten the brew time, decrease the dose or try grinding the beans more coarsely.

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How to brew with an AeroPress

You’ll need:


  1. An AeroPress will hold 240ml of water, so medium-fine grind 18g of coffee beans.
  2. Rinse out the paper filter before constructing the AeroPress: we recommend putting both chamber and plunger together and standing them upside down.
  3. Place the coffee in the bottom of the top chamber before adding the water on top. Start the timer and stir the grounds and water for 30 seconds.
  4. After 2 minutes total brew time, pop the cap on with the filter inside. Flip the AeroPress on top of the mug, slowly plunge for 30 seconds and enjoy.

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