Turns out you can teach an old dog a new trick.
After 10 years of Aeropress use, I've learned a nice technique for an even better, easier coffee from the AeroPress.
Start your AeroPress as usual - set it up above your mug, add ground coffee, add hot water, give it a stir and THEN...
Insert the plunger on an angle, straighten it out and pull it back a little bit to create a vacuum in the chamber.
The vacuum created will stop the coffee from dripping through the filter while you let it steep for 20, 30, 60, 90 seconds - however long you'd like. 20 - 30 seconds is still the recommended time but feel free to experiment and adjust to taste.
When you're ready to press, the vacuum creates a nice, even and smooth pressurized airlock to push the coffee through the filter.
If the rubber gasket is touching the coffee, you didn't create a good vacuum. Practice makes perfect, you'll get it next time!
(Not sure what the AeroPress is? Here's the Sparkplug Scoop on the AeroPress and here's where to get one for yourself!)
Thanks to the nice people at Aerobie (makers of the Aeropress) for showing us this technique at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show!
And here is our full guide to get the most out of your Aeropress: DOWNLOAD AEROPRESS GUIDE
Coffee Tips for Coffee Lovers
Want more tips like this? Here's how to get immediate access to our Tips for Making a Great Cup Every Time and have the Sparkplug Scoop delivered to your inbox: