Without getting into the evolutionary history of the Aeropress, let's just say its come a long way from its 2004 BPA-filled prototype! We can only imagine that Alan Alder, the inventor of the longest flying disc, the Aerobie frisbee, was on the lookout for a coffee maker best suited to the outdoors! And voila! See how we stayed away from Aeropress politics? Never mentioned that Alder also designed nuclear reactors, military aircrafts, submarines and whatnot. See? See!
WHY THE FUSS?
Many reasons to fuss over the Aeropress but here's our very shameless number one: it never breaks (see disclaimer), crowds love it and you can brew coffee anywhere! The Aeropress brews a rich, forgiving cup of coffee in the indoors and outdoors alike! You can stuff it in backpacks, chuck it into your climbing bag or balance it on your gypsy engine! Disclaimer: One of our mother's may have been the first person in the world to break an Aeropress. We didn't report this to the makers.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect coffee brewed in an Aeropress to be rich, smooth with very little bitter/harshness. Read: If you want to transition to black coffee, start here! Don't list to the espresso-sayers! Coffee in the Aeropress has lower acidity than a pour over or espresso. The Aeropress uses a microfilter made of paper so you can also expect clean, grit-free coffee. We shamelessly (read: proudly) reuse our paper filters many times over. There's no way we would put our weight behind use and throw filters! Finally, if all you have is three minutes between lapsing into a sans coffee zombie state, this maker is your gig! Takes two minutes - tops!
WE TAKE OUR AEROPRESS OUT ON THE ROAD @BLACKBAZAONTHEROAD
We were in Thali one very early morning at the Range Forest Officer's office in desperate need of coffee. The very kind gentlemen got the gas stove going when we fished out an Aeropress and a bag of the Wanderoo Medium Roast. Three minutes later, while pouring out the coffee into steel tumblers, the gentlemen exclaimed, "Ah, this is how you all make coffee in Karnataka!"
OUR GUIDE FOR HOW TO BREW THE INVERTED AEROPRESS
[despite being too anarchistic for steps & suggestions]
[keep John Lennon's 'Imagine' at recall]
1. 14g per cup, medium ground [Try the Wanderoo, Otter or Ficus]
2. Water off the boil, squiggle over grounds till wet
3. Stir grounds vigorously for atleast 15 seconds [that's the first four lines of 'Imagine']
4. Pour in hot water to the top [~ 200g of water but trust the process]
5. Stir vigorously while singing the next four lines
6. Wet paper filter with hot water to remove papery taste
7. Screw the top on with paper filter neatly placed inside
8. Hum / croon the next four lines
9. Flip around, place the screw top on a coffee mug and gently press down in a smooth, non-jerky motion
10. Tag us @blackbazacoffee or @blackbazaontheroad if you're on the road!
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