When it comes to doing things better, easier, and faster Tim Ferriss is the man to talk to. From his top selling books The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Body millions of people have changed the way that they exercise, work, and live their life. Now, with The Four Hour Chef he has changed the game again.
The first step of this should be to admit that I have a problem. Not just the search for the perfect cup of coffee, but with coffee in general. All I wanted for a while was to get as much inside of my stomach as possible and GO, GO, GO! The benefit of making a better cup of coffee is that you can actually enjoy it again, even if you are an addict like myself. Back to Mr Ferriss..
In his new book he covers his own search for the perfect cup of coffee. He talks to a variety of experts and the absolute top notch tool for making single cups of coffee at home is the Aeropress. They cost ~$25 and are one of the greatest investments for my coffee addiction in years.
I’ll attach a video below, but here is the general idea:
A lot of coffee aficionados that you talk to will swear by the French Press method, but it never really worked out well for me. I always found it too bitter, with too many bits and pieces left behind. The Aeropress is the same general concept although reversed. The water is manually pressed through a filter and into a cup using a filter that removes far more bitter components than a French Press does and leaves you with the perfect cup of coffee. Even if you are a French Press purist, there is a metal filter available that will give you a very similar taste and feel, but with much less clean up.
Let’s back up a little bit and review, however. Always used beans that have been roasted no more than a month ago and always grind enough for your single brew needs.
Using An Aeropress for the Perfect Cup of Coffee
1) The general consensus is to use ~2 grams of coffee grounds for each ounce of water. Making 10 oz? 20 g of coffee grounds, easy enough, right? Tim recommends 12 g of coffee and 200ml of water for a single serving.
2) Insert the filter into the holder and place the plunger into the main cylinder of the Aeropress.
3) Flip it over and place it on your handy kitchen scale, tare, and measure out 12 grams of FRESHLY ground coffee.
4) Heat your water up to 175-180 degrees. Many people recommend more, but several studies have shown that this temperature range will eliminate a lot of the bitterness from your cup.
5) Pour in 100ml of water and then stir, finish it off with the remaining 100ml
6) Now you’re ready to go. Place the cap on and flip it over onto our coffee mug.
7) The secret here is to press down slowly and evenly. Don’t take too long, though! 15-20 seconds should be fine and you will have a cup of coffee like none other you have ever had! Enjoy your new and easy perfect cup of coffee.