BREWING GUIDE: ICED AEROPRESS

 

The AeroPress was dreamt up by the same guy who invented the Aerobie (those frisbee-lookin' things you can fling, like, two football fields). But truly, the dreamiest thing about the AeroPress is that, using this far-flung invention, you can brew a single cup of iced coffee in less than three minutes.

Three minutes is, like, the perfect break from Aerobie tossing. So get you a cup of AeroPress-brewed iced coffee -- and, if you're nice, one for your Aerobie-tossing partner -- and get back on the field. All you need is this brew guide, and three short minutes.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

AeroPress+filters
Coffee
Water Kettle
Scale
Grinder
Vessel with mouth large enough to fit AeroPress
Ice


RECIPE

This guide will produce one 8oz cup of iced coffee. 


STEP 1

PREPARE AEROPRESS AND ICE


We'll use the inverted method so start by placing the plunger in the chamber just under the 3 marking. Flip the assembly over and place on the scale with the chamber side up. 

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Weigh out 87 grams of ice into vessel you will be plunging into.


STEP 2

WEIGH OUT COFFEE TO BE GROUND


Weigh out about 20 grams of coffee to be ground. We weigh out slightly more coffee than will be used, often a gram or two is lost in the grinder. Fill kettle and heat water. 

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STEP 3

GRIND COFFEE


The grind should be about halfway between espresso and drip, similar to sand.


STEP 4 

WEIGH GROUND COFFEE IN AEROPRESS


Weigh 18 grams of ground coffee into the inverted AeroPress and give it a gentle tap to settle the grounds. Tare scale.

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STEP 5

BLOOM AND PAT GROUNDS 


Just after boiling, remove kettle and let water settle. Start timer and pour enough water to just saturate coffee bed (about 30 grams).

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Using your brew paddle, gently pat the grounds down so that all grounds are saturated. Let bloom, or expand for 30 seconds. Allowing the coffee to bloom ensures even water dispersion and a delicious cup. 

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STEP 6

ADD REST OF WATER


After 30 seconds, add water in small circles until the scale reads 138 grams. The slurry should just about fill up the entire chamber. Remove assembly from scale.

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STEP 7

RINSE FILTER


While, your coffee brews, place a filter in the filter cap and rinse the filter with hot water from kettle. This will help seal the cap in and also wash away any paper taste the filter might impart.


STEP 8

STIR 


When your timer reads 2:30, stir vigorously 10 times.

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STEP 9 

FLIP AND PLUNGE


Work quickly: screw the filter cap with filter onto the chamber. Tilt the Aeropress about 90 degrees and place the cup with the ice flush the the side and quickly flip the assembly over. Plunge into cup over the ice. The plunge will be a little shorter than a regular AeroPress because you have less coffee. The final brew time should be around 2:45. Pro tip: If plunging is very hard and you are getting a lot of resistance, coarsen your grind. If plunging seems too easy, make the grind finer.

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Step 10

SERVE AND ENJOY!


We like plunging into the same cup you will be drinking out of. Saves time and dishes! 

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