AeroPress

Wouldn’t it be fun to see who could brew the best cup of AeroPress coffee? — Tim Varney and Tim Wendelboe

The history of the Aeropress is unusual.

It was not developed as would expect by a company like Hario, a Japanese company renowned for its innovation in coffee brewing.

The design was by Alan Adler, an expert in aerodynamics, not coffee. He wished for a quick and easy way to make a cup of coffee

He invented the Aerobie, in essence a ring frisbee.

What he noticed was the body of the frisbee introduces drag. He therefore developed a ring, where the ring functions in the same manner as an aircraft wing, it provides lift.

He then turned his attention to coffee making.

The cafetiere or French press does not provide even distribution of the flow of water through the coffee, poor quality of extraction, lack of consistency.

The same problem can be experienced with an espresso machine. Watch very carefully next time a barista at work. They carefully level the ground coffee, they press down to compact the coffee. There is skill involved. If the coffee is not level, or if cracks appear in the compacted coffee, do not get even extraction of the coffee, which can result in weak and insipid coffee.

There is no one way or correct way to brew using an AeroPress.

Variables include grind size of the coffee, water temperature and brew time.

AeroPress competitions have proved to be highly popular.

The very first World AeroPress competition was co-organised by Tim Varney and Tim Wendelboe and held at a coffee shop in Oslo.

And taking their cue from these humble beginnings of the first World AeroPress competition, an AeroPress competition organised by the Lincoln Coffee Collective is the pre-launch event for the Lincoln Coffee Festival. And yes, it is being held in a small coffee shop.

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