"Steep 10 seconds, stir 10 seconds, then plunge for 10-20 seconds." (195 degree water) It's interesting what a guy can learn from such a simple phrase. In my experience, rather, it's this. Read carefully: "Stir 10 seconds, steep 10 seconds, then plunge for 20-30 seconds." (180 degree water) Let's see what opinions there are on why both very different instructions work equally well. Hint: there's an unmentioned variable. -- Scott
My first guess would be difference in grind. I'll know more in just 24 hours; my Aeropress is scheduled to arrive tomorr= ow. Bill On 2/12/06, Scott Marquardt wrote: <Snip>
Forgot to note: Tom, your gentle lampooning of the AeroPress parts count (b= y mentioning several things that don't come with it) was a stroke of genius. :-D
On Sun, 2006-02-12 at 19:57 -0600, Scott Marquardt wrote: <Snip> Grind. How long the plunge takes depends very much on grind. The first time I used the Aeropress, I ground slightly finer than I would for auto-drip. This was a very bad idea. Now, I go FP to a bit courser than auto-drip, and it works better. Despite this, it seems to be fairly forgiving. I steep 10 seconds, stir 10 seconds, rinse off the stirer, cross the kitchen to dry my hands, then plunge. Be well, Lissa -- Why didn't the world come? Because there was no self-interest....No oil. They didn't come because some humans are [considered] less human than others. Gen. Romeo Dallaire on the Rwandan Genocide
Yes, you're right. Grind. Note the reversal of steep and stir in our respective situations. You and Tom can steep first because you actually get full wetting of the grind. Since I'm to the left of Drip, though, I have to stir first (otherwise I ge= t terrible wetting), and my extraction is about 10 seconds longer for a doubl= e -- so I need a cooler temperature to avoid over extraction. The advantage of your and Tom's coarser grind is a hotter final cup. That advantage disappears if one simply adds very hot water to the extraction, but I'll give the coarser grind a shot and see what that does to flavor overall.