2nd: Ben Kaminsky, USA (2009)


Slightly finer than filter grind
Paper, rinsed


1. Begin by boiling freshly filtered tap water.
2. Invert your AeroPress. Apply a paper filter and run it under the tap until it’s rinsed.
3. Fill your inverted AeroPress with boiling water, apply the filter, flip and press the boiling water through the filter to ensure there is absolutely no paper taste and to heat up the system.
4. Once again, invert your AeroPress. The plunger should be about 1cm from the bottom. Grind off your coffee, slightly finer than filter grind (should be 14g by weight) and put it into your cup or glass. Keep this handy.
5. Bring your water to a rolling boil.
6. Put your inverted AeroPress on a scale and zero out.
7. When the kettle hits a rolling boil, shut it off, open the lid and start your timer.
8. Wait thirty seconds to allow the water to cool a bit.
9. Add 1 dL (100 ml) or ~95g by weight of your water to the AeroPress and quickly zero out the scale again.
10. Start your clock and add the 14g of coffee to the water and give the coffee a quick but efficient stir to completely saturate the coffee grounds in the water.
11. Add the remaining 1dL (100 ml) or ~95g by weight of water to the coffee slurry. The scale total should now read 109g.
12. Wait until the clock reads 50 seconds and then slowly and carefully flip the AeroPress back upright. (I would use two hands.)
13. Begin slowly plunging. This should take about 25 seconds. Plunge until you hear any hissing or air escaping through the coffee puck. Quickly pull the plunger back up and invert your AeroPress so it doesn’t leak everywhere.
14. Serve.