My coffee journey started August 2018 when my parents bought me a aeropress and hand grinder for my birthday. I had no idea they were getting me this, I had never even heard of an aeropress before.
I have always enjoyed coffee and strongly believe there isn’t a good reason to drink bad coffee, but up until my aeropress this revolved around me either buying coffee from somewhere such as Costa or cafe Nero (never Starbucks) or using a caffettiere with some store bought pre ground beans. We had a mokka pot in the house but noone really knew how to use it and it was more of a decoration than a coffee maker.
I remember opening the aeropress and hand grinder and googling what it was and how to use it. This was when I first realised and learned about different grind sizes and different brewing times instead of just a scoop of store bought pre ground coffee and leave it to sit in a caffettiere for a bit. That day I probably made 5 or 6 coffees in the aeropress and my arms hurt from grinding all the beans to a medium grind, using a chart I printed off the internet to check the grind size. It’s safe to say I was becoming a little bit obsessed and it amazed me how small tweaks, to grind size or brewing technique, changes the flavour of the end product so much.
I am still in the depths of learning more about coffee and wanted to document my journey as I educate myself about one of the worlds most popular drinks, and want to put it on here so hopefully someone else can use this as a resource to learn with me!