Sometimes it's good to breakaway from the norm. I'm usually a traditionalist and use one of the Aeropress recipes from iconic roasters as a starting point, but I've noticed some distinct trends of award-winning recipes. They tend to use
- A far lower temperature
- More water:coffee
- Longer brew times
So I decided to try some out, starting with my current home town of Hong Kong. Here are the winning three from the Hong Kong Aeropress Championship.
1st place - Chan Tin Lok
- 260ml water at (85°C)
- 17.5g coffee
(water:coffee ratio = 14.9:1. Total brew time ~2m20)
- Pour 60ml water in the Aeropress for pre-infusion, stir 10 times
- Add 60ml water over 20 seconds, then stir 10 times
- Add remaining 140ml water over 40 seconds
- Press slowly over 1 minute
Note: This recipe was posted on their site as being 280ml, however adding up the sub-quantities ends up at 260ml.
This one's my favorite for its simplicity, not just because it happened to win. I usually up the dose to 18.5 or 19g, to compensate for the greater proportion of fines in my non-professional home grinder.
Runner-up: Lam Yuen Sim
- 23g coffee
- 230g water (78°C)
(water:coffee ratio = 10:1. Total brew time ~ 1m30)
- Sift the ground coffee to eliminate fines, separate into coarse and fine grounds
- Rinse filter paper
- Place the Aeropress in regular position
- Add coarse grounds
- Add 230g water in 20 seconds
- Add fines in 40 seconds and stir 2-3 times
- When timer reaches 1m15, press the Aeropress over 15 seconds
This recipe requires the use of a sieve, which I heartily believe in but which is impractical for most home brewers. I have one available but even I can't be bothered most of the time!
2nd runner-up: Nip Wai Lun's
- 18g coffee
- 245g water
(water:coffee ratio = 13.6:1, total brew time ~4m)
- Place the Aeropress upside down & rinse double filter papers
- Add 18g coffee & 100g water in 93℃, then cover to maintain temperature
- When temp drops to to 89°C add 145g water in 88℃, and cover again
- Wait until the process has reached 3.5 minutes, then install filters and cap
- Place the Aeropress upside down and press over 30 seconds
Definitely the most complex recipe of the three. It produces a clean and interesting cup, but it's not terribly practical to replicate every day!