So I have been playing with for a little since I got it and toying around with some of the different method for using it. One of the thing I tried with it was the inverted method.
Basically, you are inverting the whole aropress and brewing it that way instead of the normal way advocated by Aerobie in their intruction sheet.
The advantage to this method is primarily prevent the premature eluting of liquid through the filter possibly preventing the early fraction of the the coffee from being underextracted. Although I have not extensively taste-testing, imverted method seem to be my preference for now.
Here is the brief instruction for Aeropress the inverted method:
-Engage the pluger into the main aeropress unit so that the rubber is up to number 4 mark. Actually you can put the rubber higher if you want to brew less coffee or stronger coffee.
-Make sure that the whole platform is stable so you don't end up with hot liquid spilled everywhere or worse on yourself.
-Put the paper filter into the black cap and put it over your cup
-Rinse the paper filter with hot water; this step is crucial and accomplish 2 goals: wash the paper taste out of the filter and warming the receiving cup.
-add some hot water into the aeropress assemly to preheat it.
-Add coursely ground coffee (or finer grind you want shorter brewing time; a good starting point is ground that is finer than french press)
-Add hot water to the aeropress up to the top to saturate the coffee ground; start timer
-Stir using the included paddle for 10-15 seconds make sure all the ground are saturated
-By now, the liquid level will be less than full so top off with more hot water
-wait until 1 minute at which point you should stir biefly one more time
-put the filter assembly on, dump the hot water from the cup
-put the cup to the bottom of the aeropress and invert it; this is to prevent hot coffee spilling
-press gently; ideally should last for about 20-30 seconds.
-clean-up the Aeropress and enjoy!
The whole process should take less than 4 minutes!!
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