Do you really need 66 different aeropress recipes? Probably not, unless you are a World Aeropress Champion in-training, or have a lot of time on your hands. Either way, for those of us in-between, Hand Ground offers two months worth of recipes to try for those of you who want to make a better cup of Aeropress coffee.
For those of you who aren't quite up with the specialty-coffee lingo, the Aeropress is a one-cup, hand-held coffee maker designed by Alan Adler to make espresso-like coffee. The coffee maker is made of a hand-sized tube with a plastic filter head, and a plunger to quickly force the water through the fine coffee grounds- straight into your cup. Frequent users rave about the sweeter and less acidic flavor that the Aeropress produces when used properly.
Below, you can check out the myriad of recipes that will likely leave your head spinning:
Today I tried their #16 recipe for an inverted brew.
Below is the "recipe"-
I used the Kona Blend coffee from World Market. After diluting the cup a bit, I dove into the rich and silky flavor of the coffee. I don't normally drink coffee at 7pm, but this coffee was way too tasty not to enjoy.
A typical Aeropress runs about $35 and comes with about 100 filters. Your local coffee shop such as Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. or Target should carry them. If you're looking to try a new way to brew, this is a great option. A little trickier to master than a pour-over (in my opinion), but a unique and fun challenge for any coffee enthusiast.
After looking through the interwebs for some good coffee blogs, I stumbled upon Birds of Unusual Vitality. Eileen P. Kenny uses her coffee experience and photography skills to showcase the unique characters of the coffee world. She has met with some top-notch roasters, barista champions, and many others. Her blog is beautifully created and exquisitely written- definitely worth a peak.
Check her articles out below:
Image from Eileen's twitter account: @eileenpk
Today, I will be experimenting with two different roasts from Bent Tree Coffee Roasters in Kent, OH.
We have a light roast from Brazil and a dark roast from Papua New Guinea.
I will be determining whether these roasts pair well with dessert flavored coffee for our hot coffee menu, or summer flavors for our cold brew menu.
Check back here for pictures and the final conclusions!
Alrighty! Both coffees have now undergone rigorous testing to see if they will hold up to the coffee and sugar flavors of my normal Traveling Barista drinks.
While both roasts tasted great as pour-over, auto drip, and cold brew, the coffees did not meet my needs for Traveling Barista event drinks.
The Papua New Guinea Dark Roast (PNG) had consistent cocoa and earthy notes. The cold brew (CB) really let the flavors shine the most, although the CB was a bit metallic tasting. Overall, this coffee is GREAT to enjoy "black" because even though it is technically a dark roast, the flavors are very light with low acidity. This coffee is great for sipping hot or cold, but not strong enough to cut through cream and sugar. For my events, I want customers to love their drink, but still be able to taste the coffee profile with added ingredients.
The Brazil Light Roast had an even lighter flavor than the PNG. The flavors tended to be muted, but left a smooth mouthfeel with super low acidity and a clean finish. Definitely not a strong enough flavor to use at events, but still great if you want to sit down and enjoy a nice clean cup of coffee.
While based on these trials I won't be serving Bent Tree Coffee at my events, Bent Tree is still an excellent roaster. They bring out distinctive flavors in their coffees, and its organic. If you are looking for a local roaster or want a coffee that actually tastes great w/o cream and sugar, head to Bent Tree or Speakeasy Canal Fulton for a great cup.