December 2, 2013
A great little Aeropress brew guide by the World’s 2nd best Aeropresser, Wille Yli-Luoma of Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland.
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December 1, 2013
It may still only be 2013, but just like next month’s issue of your favourite magazine being released early, the 2014 Chinese Aeropress Championships have been and gone in Guangzhou, China. The competition looked incredibly legit and run with the kind of pizazz you’d expect from the WACs – the pink and purple balloons are especially excellent. The ever inquisitive Kevin of Green Coast Coffee did a fantastic job in organising the competition and was keen to ensure it was delivered smoothly. So, our 2014 Chinese Aeropress Champion is Chen SiSi from Essence Cafe in ShangHai. Congratulations Chen! See you in 2014 for the World Aeropress Championships!
October 1, 2013
A while ago the WAC Headquarters asked me to write something about Aeropressing – the tarte tatin of coffee brewers, never meant to be taken seriously, but actually an ingenious idea. I’d just won the World Aeropress Chamoionship for the 2nd time and people were keen to figure out my secrets.
The first time I saw an Aeropress was on Boing Boing, thinking it was a joke, however Tim Wendelboe contributed to proving everyone wrong, embracing it and using it in service, and in turn creating the World Aeropress Championships.
Initially, the way to get to the recipe was classic trial and error. Kaizen way of improvement: Every morning 2 Aeropresses, 1 ‘best’ method a standard, and 1 challenging method, if the challenging method was better than that one would be the next days ‘’best’’ method. There are many variables to play with to make a challenging method: grind, ratio, water, temperature, time. A few things will always improve a coffee; picking out bean defects, using better water, using a better grinder, sieving the fines, not pressing all the way through (the Ketel one technique) so that’s a given to improve these to the fullest.
What still might be most shocking to all is the use of the water temperature. This is my recipe from this year’s WACs.
17 grams of quality controlled coffee (pick out the dud beans) ground 5.75 on the uber grinder, little courser than paper filter.
Rinsed normal filter, aeropress in regular position.
50 grams of water at 83c for the bloom. Bloom for 40s. Nicely wet all grounds and lightly agitate holding the Aeropress by shaking it a bit around.
Very slowly add 215 grams of water at 79c for about 30 sec
Press very gently for about 30 seconds.
Leave about 50 gram slurry in the press and discard.
Put the rest of the brew in the gob.
Looking through the recipes of the previous years, one thing might become apparent; The use of a low temperature of water. Why this works I don’t really know, I’m no scientist. All I really know is that it’s the tastiest way to make an Aeropress. I was lucky to taste many recipes over the years through competing and judging 2 Dutch competitions.
Taking a guess why lower brewing temperatures are desirable: certain tasty solubles extract at 80c and other less desirable solubles and bitters extract (faster) at higher temperatures. The brew is served at drinking temperature so that it’s instantly enjoyable and had less time to oxidize, also aromatics won’t evaporate as quickly.
In the roastery where I work we don’t have many tools, the only way to make coffee is through an old Aeropress bought in 2008 at Kontra from a certain Troels Poulsen. I remember coming home to Belgium with it and Rob, my boss instantly making a very nice cup with it. Every roasting day I used to make at least 4 sometimes 15, trying every roast. Offering cups to visitors, the best way to learn if you’re doing it right is gauging their reactions.
Filter coffee has always been enjoyed in Belgium, mostly at home. There’s a big amateur scene for this and the Aeropress is a serious component for that. My boss at Caffenation, Rob, has organized this event already 3 years and every time there have been more people. We like hobbies and bizarre fringe sports in Belgium. Good example of odd pursuits is the vertical bow and arrow – look it up, it exists. The Aeropress now seems far removed from the World of the obscure, and has become almost the norm. And for good reason.
September 2, 2013
Wonderful news from the team at 5 Senses regarding the WACs and the contribution everyone has made to a super excellent cause…
“BREWS ‘N’ BATS WAS AN EVENT DEVELOPED BY FIVE SENSES AND WORLD AEROPRESS WITH THE AIM OF RAISING MONEY FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN INDIA BY COMBINING THE INAUGURAL FIVE SENSES PING PONG TOURNAMENT AND THE WORLD AEROPRESS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Held back in May this year, Brews ‘n’ Bats was such an awesome night! Great burgers, seriously high-end Aeropress skills, some high quality pong and general high vibes all round. It was great to see specialty coffee people from a range of different companies and different countries rubbing shoulders and enjoying each other’s company. But beneath the fun and frivolity, there was a more serious undertaking being played out. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors (in particular Huxtaburger, Little Creatures Brewery and Innocent Bystander Wines) and the blood, sweat and tears of the hard working Five Senses crew, we were able to raise $4400 for the Nanhi Kali foundation. The Nanhi Kali group work in rural India where having a daughter is often considered a burden and limited family resources are directed towards the male children. The foundation steps in to redress the balance and give these beautiful girls the opportunity to experience an education free from repression or discrimination.
The fine gentlemen at Standing Room Only in Perth have been running an annual event which has allowed us to sponsor 23 girls for the past two years. With the additional proceeds from Brews and Bats, we’ve been able to extend this to another 32 girls – making it 55 in total! Education is one of the primary vehicles for improving lives regardless of colour or religion.
So a heartfelt THANK YOU for playing your part – and keep your eye out for next year’s event. If you want to know more about the good people at the Nanhi Kali Foundation, check out the Nanhi Kali website.“
Thanks again to the 5 Senses crew and all mentioned above…
July 17, 2013
Something, something Chinese Aeropress Championships!
June 27, 2013