It is well known that I love coffee. In my travels, one of the first things I do in a new place is find local coffee. It’s also well known that I love my AeroPress and during the pandemic, I’ve been getting in the habit of an early afternoon cold brew.
If you aren’t familiar with the AeroPress, it is hand held coffee maker that has become a cult classic. The basic functionality is to use the AeroPress in manner that is similar to steeping tea. When your brew cycle is over, you push the plunger which forces the coffee through the filter into your cup. Discard the coffee puck, rinse the AeroPress and enjoy your coffee.
As I mentioned, the AeroPress is now a cult classic. Search YouTube for AeroPress and you’ll find a multitude of recipes, formulas and usage guides.
But these are my two main methods of cold brew in an AeroPress. The next you sit down to write using my Write Faster and Better guide, give one of these a try.
Cold Brew Drip/Gravity Method (6-8 hours)
If I’m working from home, I’ll use this method in the morning with a second AeroPress so I can still brew my typical 2-3 cups of morning coffee.
Prepare the AeroPress as usual with a filter and screw on to the cylinder. Use 20g of espresso grind coffee, and firmly tamp in the AeroPress. Add a second filter on top of the grounds and firmly tamp down again. Fill the cylinder with ice cubs and leave on the counter to let gravity do its work.
The resulting cup of coffee is very strong.
The Allen Adler Method
Prepare the AeroPress as usual with a filter and screw on to the cylinder. Use 15g of very fine filter or espresso grind coffee. Using room temperature water and fill to the 1 mark (60-70ml), just over 2oz. Stir the coffee for 60 seconds. Press the AeroPress through.
Dilute with ice water or ice cubes depending upon preferred strength.
Here’s a video showing the process of the Allen Adler Method: