This is the third blog post I have tried to write today. I’m going to stick with this topic. It may not be the most interesting in the world but it is the idea that I have with me right now.
I have been brewing with the Aeropress over the last few days. From before my first brew, I fell in love with the Aeropress. It is simple. It does not look intimidating. There have been a few skills for me to learn to brew a good cup of coffee. As with anything, there’s always a learning curve.
My Brewing Journey
I started with cold brews. I think I mentioned this yesterday but I got pretty good with cold brews. I tried one with almond milk. It was delicious. My version of cold brew is closer to an iced coffee. I am yet to try the whole “12 hour steeping” idea of cold brew. I feel like I’ve been able to create a good one with an Aeropress and the cold brew method that comes on their instruction manual.
I am now onto warm brews. For the last three days, I have been brewing warm cups. I am using Cafe Direct (3) as my blend. Warm brews are easier and have helped me become a bit more acquainted with using the Aeropress. I am not surprised there is a World Aeropress Championship. There are so many different takes on how to brew coffee with the Aeropress.
I have decided to stick with the Stumptown Aeropress brewing method. This is my “base.” I’ll probably try out my own techniques further down the line but I need to start somewhere. I like Stumptown’s aesthetic and they have a good reputation for their coffee. Their Aeropress advice has been extremely useful.
There are a few errors that I am making in my brewing. On the last two days, I have heated my kettle up until it automatically turns off. I feel like letting the water boil for 10-15 seconds less would be better. Not only will doing so reduce the chance I burn my hands when I pre-heat my Aeropress filter; boiling for less time will ensure that the beans are brewed at the best temperature. I think that 80 degrees or so is best.
I have also forgotten to pre-heat my brewing vessel. I am not sure why Stumptown recommends this but I had a good experience heating my cup the first time I made a cup. I’ll probably remember this with a bit more practice. I’m still new to brewing coffee.
I am particularly excited to try my next blend. I am going to use up as much of my Cafe Direct (3) beans as possible and then I am going to move onto a new blend, either from Union Coffee or my local roastery. I do not want to be wasteful. I also do not want to leave my coffee open too long, even if I am storing it in a sealed plastic container in a dark cupboard.
I shall keep you abreast of what else I learn on my brewing journey. I feel like now is more about refining my craft. I’ve learned the base skills. I now have to refine them.