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July 19, 2013

My cousin (and good friend) Dan (@danrstephen) shared an aeropress recipe with me today that I thought was pretty awesome.

If you’re looking to try out a new recipe for your aeropress, or just need a reason to dust it off, give this one a try.

Coffee: 18g
Water: 250g (205 degrees)
Grind: Medium Fine (he grinds at a 12 on his Baratza Maestro, and I’m at a 6P on my Vario-W)
Method: Inverted Aeropress
1. Start timer. Add 100g of water, stir.
2. At 1:30, add the remaining 150g of water, stir.
3. at 2:20, begin pressing.
4. Finish press at 3:00
Easy enough.
Dan Aeropress Grind

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July 19, 2012

I received a nice surprise in the mail yesterday—all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Drop Coffee, based in Stockholm sent a couple bags of their latest offerings. One of which was an El Salvador from Finca Malacara. This is an extremely unique coffee based on my limited experience. I tried it in an aeropress, and it came out with an interesting mix of sweet acidity and nuttiness that reminded me of Kuma’s Tano Batak. The coffee has an aroma that reminds me a ton of rum extract.

I really enjoyed my coffee this morning, and I want to say thank you to the guys and gals at Drop for making my day. I’ve only had coffee from two roasters in Sweden—Koppi and Drop—but I’ve been extremely impressed with that they’re doing. Can’t wait to make having their coffee on hand a more regular thing next year—hopefully its easy to have coffees shipped throughout Europe.

April 26, 2012

Adam Lisagor is in love with his AeroPress. A few years back, for his 32nd birthday, his friends Neven and Christa gifted it to him and it was “love at first use.”

“It gives me a reason to get up every day,” he said. “Before the AeroPress, I didn’t care about the quality of my coffee. Now I know when its polite to literally pour a bad cup of coffee on the floor in front of the person who made it.”

Back in 2009, Adam co-developed an iOS app and created a video to promote it. The video caught on, and soon, companies started to ask Adam to make videos for their own products. This gave way to Sandwich Video Inc., whose impressive portfolio includes “neat” videos made for tech clients such as Groupon, Square, Flipboard, Yahoo!, and Instapaper, just to name a few.

Recently, Adam’s love for his AeroPress inspired him to shoot a video as a tribute to it. You may have already seen it, but it’s worth multiple views. Not only is it a beautiful video, but it also demonstrates the simplicity of making an AeroPress. I think Adam speaks for AeroPress lovers everywhere throughout this entire “AeroPress Poem Tribute.”

Check out more of Adam’s videos, including an insightful outtake of the “Puck Shot.”

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April 22, 2012

Congrats to Charlene De Buysere of Belgium! Check out the details of the event on DCILY.com.

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April 13, 2012

A few weekends ago, AeroPress lovers from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and New York gathered in Mansfield, Ohio for the first-ever Northeast Regional AeroPress Championship. I had the idea to organize the event a couple months ago, and it was surprising to see how easy it fell into place. Thanks to folks like Brent Fortune of Coffee Common, Paul Kemerling of Relax Coffee, and various others who helped spread the word made it such an easy event to throw.

Danny Shannon of NYC took top prize and will be representing the Northeast in next Friday’s USAC. I’m really confident in Danny, and I can’t think of a better rep to send from our event – the guy knows what he’s doing and has been in tons of competitions. Best of luck to him as he flies out to PDX. I’m happy to have placed second in the event, using Kuma Coffee’s Kenya Gethumbwini, roasted especially for this event. Kuma continues to impress me, and I think it opened some eyes during the event. Our third place winner was Courtenay Roberts of Nexus Coffee in Cleveland, Ohio.

Again, a huge thanks to all the competitors, judges, and attendees – we ended up with 8 total competitors, 3 great judges who gave up their time on a Saturday, and probably 40-50 spectators in and out throughout the evening. Lastly, thanks to Paul and his crew at Relax, It’s Just Coffee for being amazing hosts, dishing out pourovers and espresso drinks all night, and for not only being willing to host, but for being excited and enthusiastic. It’s a pleasure to have you up the road in Mansfield.

I’d really encourage you to consider hosting or being part of a regional next year – Brent Fortune and Tim Varney have done a great job setting up the WAC and other AeroPress competitions, and I think the event is only going to grow. It would be awesome to see more regionals pop up in the US next year, and even more National competitions around the world. I’m already planning next year’s Italian AeroPress Championship. If this event succeeded so well in Mansfield, Ohio, I’m confident that it can succeed in other cities around the country. If you have questions, feel free to email me (ben@drawcoffee.com) or Brent Fortune.

Here are some photos from the event:

Champ Danny Shannon

2nd Place

3rd Place: Courtenay Roberts

Check out all the photos on Flickr by following the links below:

Photos from Erin Bergman (my younger sister): http://www.flickr.com/photos/76491036@N05/sets/72157629669006821/

Photos from Glenn Stephenson (my Uncle): http://www.flickr.com/photos/54925627@N05/

 

 

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March 22, 2012

I’ve been doing a cold-brewed AeroPress for the last few days – mainly inspired by Rob Dunne’s Instagram post – and they’ve all turned out great. The only iced coffees I’ve had previously have basically tasted like someone put ice in some old, poorly-made drip-brew and handed it to me in a plastic cup that’s coated in a thin layer of day-old coffee, so this is a nice deviation from that.

The Stumptown Peru Cecovasa came out spicy and smooth.

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January 9, 2012

This morning I busted out my bag of Kuma’s Panama Elida Estate after a weekend lull. Fantastic choice. Aeropress’d at 17g:212g, water at 198F. Can’t wait to get my hands on Kuma’s two new Kenyas.

Had a great chat with Mark from Kuma last night – the guy works so hard and is doing some fantastic things out in Seattle. Check it out: Kuma Coffee

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