So the last time I wrote was sometime back in April, which is around the time my life went from busy but tolerable to MAYDAY! MAYDAY!
It started with the death of my grandma right as I was stepping into the mass chaos that is buying a house. Very shortly after that was an international vacation (which was refreshing but a whirlwind) during the middle of a hellish billing cycle at work, and now I stand here several months later, trying to catch my breath before the holiday season starts.
Not a lot of time to explore the wonderful land of coffee.
And even if I did have the time, I’ll admit it: I am just too damn tired to blog.
But today, I have a lull at work, so tada! Your sarcastic ray of sunshine is here to give you her Aeropressed For Time brewing recipe. It’s perfect for us insomniac professionals who can barely function enough in the morning to stand up.
What you will need:
- A burr grinder that premeasures your coffee grounds
- A clean Aeropress kit (includes a chamber, plunger, filter cap, filters, stir stick, and funnel)
- An electronic kettle
- Whole bean coffee, preferably not from the grocery store or Starbucks
- Your favorite mug
- A timer if you are hardly conscious while brewing
- Put water in the kettle and program it to heat to 185 degrees Fahrenheit and hold.
- As the water boils, put your Aeropress together for an inverted process – plunger and chamber connected just enough for the chamber to cover the rubber end of the plunger and flipped so that the end of the chamber, where the filter cap clips in, is pointed to the ceiling.
- Put the funnel into your mug.
- Place your whole beans in the tank of your grinder, set it to a fine grind, and mark it to measure out for 4 cups.
- Add your coffee grounds to the Aeropress. I use a spoon to help get all the grounds into the chamber, but if you are super clumsy in the morning, use the funnel to avoid making a mess and wasting precious coffee.
- Shake the container so that the grounds are even within the chamber.
- Pour a bit of hot water onto the grounds, enough to cover them thoroughly.
- With the stir stick, stir for 30 seconds. If you can’t count in the morning, use the timer on your microwave, stove, phone, whatever.
- Fill up the rest of the chamber with water. Be careful not to overfill.
- Let the coffee sit for a minute. Again, use a timer if your brain literally cannot function before noon.
- Put a filter into the filter cap. If using a paper filter, add some water to ensure a better seal.
- Click the filter cap onto the chamber of the Aeropress. Be careful not to apply pressure to the chamber.
- In one swift motion, flip the Aeropress over and place the end with the filter cap into the wide end of the funnel. The head of the chamber should fit perfectly into the funnel.
- Press down on the plunger until no liquid remains in the chamber. Make this last between 20-30 seconds.
- Add hot water to the brew as you desire.
- Twist off the filter cap.
- Pop out the grounds into the trash.
It may seem like a lot of steps, but if I can do it in the morning, so can you…and like everyone.
Until next time,
The one and the only Pookachino