Making a great cup of coffee with the AeroPress using the inverted method can be a wonderful experience. This method involves inverting the AeroPress before brewing, which allows for more control over the steeping time and can result in a richer and more full-bodied cup of coffee.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Ingredients and Equipment:
Freshly ground coffee beans (medium-coarse grind)
Hot water (about 200°F or 93°C)
AeroPress paper or metal filter
Stirring utensil (plastic or wooden)
Prepare the AeroPress:
Start by placing a paper or metal filter in the AeroPress cap.
Assemble the AeroPress but leave the plunger out. Turn it upside down (inverted) so that the plunger is facing up.
Add the coffee grounds to the inverted AeroPress. You can adjust the coffee-to-water ratio to your preference, but a good starting point is 1:15 (1 gram of coffee for every 15 grams of water). For example, use 15 grams of coffee for 225 grams of water.
Start a timer and pour a small amount of hot water (about twice the weight of your coffee, e.g., 30 grams for 15 grams of coffee) over the coffee grounds. This will saturate the grounds and allow them to bloom for about 30 seconds. Blooming helps release carbon dioxide and results in a better extraction.
Slowly pour the remaining hot water up to the desired weight. Use a circular pouring motion to ensure even saturation of the coffee grounds.
Gently stir the coffee-water mixture with a plastic or wooden stirring utensil. Make sure all the coffee is well saturated.
Attach the Cap:
Place the cap with the filter onto the AeroPress, making sure it’s secure.
Allow the coffee to steep for your desired time (typically between 1-2 minutes). You can adjust the steeping time to control the strength of your coffee.
After the steeping time, place your coffee mug upside down on the AeroPress and quickly flip the whole assembly, so the AeroPress is now right-side up.
Gently press down on the plunger with even pressure. This should take about 20-30 seconds.
Your delicious AeroPress coffee is now ready. You can dilute it with hot water if it’s too strong and customize it with milk, cream, or sweeteners to your liking.
Unscrew the cap, remove the coffee puck and filter, and rinse the AeroPress components. It’s easy to clean, making it a convenient brewing method.
Experiment with different coffee beans, grind sizes, and water temperatures to find the perfect combination that suits your taste. With practice, you can fine-tune your AeroPress inverted method to make consistently great coffee.