Category Archives: Aeropress

A Yellow cup of Coffee


Aeropressing a cup of Costa Rica

Recipe:
12g of Coffee
92 degree celsius of water
200g water
7 stirs (agitation)
105 seconds steeping time
20 seconds press down.

Lovely fragrance.
Slight bitterness, slight sweetness, teeny bit of flora and fruitiness.

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Press! Press! My Aeropress!


Let’s count the reasons why I love my Aeropress:

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  1. Versatile
    Make them HOT. Make them COLD. Steep them short or steep them long.
    Brew the Strong or brew them light. Turn them Upside-down, invert them and it’ll still be sound.
  2. Affordable
    Bought mine RM250 three years ago. Now, it is only RM169.
  3. Convenient
    I hate messy cleaning up. Brew and clean up in 3 minutes.
  4. Portable
    Small, light and comes with a travelling bag.
  5. Makes Delicious Coffee
    When you have fresh roasted high quality beans, the Aeropress will bring out their potentials.

How I make sweet refreshing ICED-COFFEE with the Aeropress?


Having good coffee and a digital scale goes a long way towards making delicious coffee.


Weight them in. I normally use 14g but this time I use 21g instead.
(Higher dosage usually preferred for iced-coffee)


Loved my bodum double-walled 8oz glass. Filled it with ice.


This is the more advanced Inverted Method of using the Aeropress.
Put it on the scale and reset to ZERO.


Brewed by weight. 105g is approximately 40z of water.
Poured in the water (just off the boiled), stirred and screwed back the cap with the filter.


Let it steeped for 90 seconds. Then carefully turned it over the glass.
Press down gently.


A refreshing, sweet and aromatic iced-coffee using Ethiopia Nekisse.

Learn how to brew coffee using many methods


You don’t need to invest thousands of ringgit to enjoy good coffee in Malaysia or anywhere in the world. Unless of course, if you want to enjoy good espresso in Malaysia, then a few thousands ringgit investment is required.

Aeropress, French Press, Moka Pot, Syphon, Drip and many other methods allow you to make nice tasty coffee at home.

Check out this posting from Mr. Cheah and learn of the many cool brewing methods with tips from many professional barista around the world.

Kopi Luwak


At last, a chance to try the infamous Kopi Luwak.

Our friend, Dennis got me some Kopi Luwak from Indonesia. According to his “Reliable Source”, it is the real deal. It was given to him as a gift.

So, in double-quick time (6 hours period), got a few guys to come over to my place for tasting session. At around 8.30pm we  have Dennis the Menace, Ralph the German Bear, Marcus Aurelius + Wife and Kid, Me + my Home Minister ready to see what so great about Kopi Luwak.


70g of Kopi Luwak. They are properly processed. Washed and Roasted plainly. Some find the aroma chocolaty with slight sweetness. No horrid smells.


When you have the Emperor Marcus himself waiting, the barista also sweating lah.


The Home Ministers also giving you the look “This better be good. We don’t want no shity smelling coffee”


Pouring freshly ground Kopi Luwak into the Aeropress


Pouring hot water into the Aeropress. Temperature around 90 celcius I guess.


Stiring well to make sure all the coffee ground is saturated with hot water.


Carefully pressing down the pump.


Extract it carefully into a milk pitcher.


Hey photographer, focus on the coffee lah.


Quiet! The Emperor having the first sip.


Hey, the Princess says it is GOOD.


Errr… maybe Kids really shouldn’t have coffee eh.


No kidding

Well, I actually made 3 rounds of Aeropress coffee using different beans just to make sure their minds are not bias in anyway (don’t want them to be influenced by the reputation of kopi Luwak).

In fact everyone like the Kopi Luwak. It is earthy, full body, no bitterness. Personally I find it surprisingly pleasant. Then I ask the very important question, “Would you pay USD30 for a cup of Kopi Luwak or even RM30 for that cup?”

And everyone answers “NOOOOOO”.

Frankly, it is a decent cup of coffee. Whether you like it or not depends on your taste preference. I would prefer some Ethiopia. I would not pay more then RM10 for a cup. And it does taste better than those Kopi-O Kosong-type you find in regular kopitiam.

Next: My Signature Drink.

Coffee Ritual – The 3rd Coffee Lovers Gathering


On March 8, we had our third Coffee Lovers Gathering at Coffee Ritual.

This time though, it was a bit different. Instead of espresso and cappuccino, we had Syphon’s brewed coffee instead. Thanks to Chin for inviting us to his place for a FREE sampling of Syphon coffee. It was a first experience for a few guys here.

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The Crowd… including the cute lil baby girl that brightens our day.

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Coffee ready to brew. This is a single origin from Columbia.

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As the water begins to boil, the top part which holds the coffee will be properly attached to the lower parts that holds the water.

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The moment the top part is attached, hot air inside the water compartment will have no place to go. Due to pressure differences, most of the hot water will be pushed up to the compartment containing the coffee. As the water wet the coffee, it is stirred to ensure all the coffee are properly saturated with the water. It is then allowed to steep for about 50 seconds.

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Once the fire or heat source is removed, in a few seconds, the air inside the earlier water compartment cooled down. The coffee will gushed back down to the lower compartment.

We actually tried 3 types of single origin beans from Columbia, Brazil and one that I forgot (getting old, if anyone remember, do let me know).

I find that the Syphon way of brewing coffee to be quite romantic. You have the gadget, the glass, the fire…

Ok, how does it taste? I have to say the Syphon brewed coffee is quite nice. It is clean (as clean as the Aeropress), able to bring out the delicate flavour of the beans (if you have good beans and freshly roasted of course).

It is very comparable to the Aeropress (base on memory, not that I have a chance to really compare side by side). Both can brewed very tasty, delicate coffee. Aeropress is the most convenient. The Syphon is way more romantic and appeal to more than the taste sensation. But, you can drop the aeropress and no sweat but if you drop the syphon there goes your money… hahaha. In fact someone told me he is reluctant to get a syphon because there are many clumsy people in the house.

Do give them a try and check out the location here. Certainly the Best Coffee Place in Petaling Jaya.

Barista Jam


Couple of weeks ago, we had a Barista Jam at Irving’s place. He is the proud owner of a new Rancilio Silvia and Compak Doserless grinder.

Also there were Weechuan, Joseph and myself. I shall let the photos speak for themselves.

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I am so envious my friend. Rancilio Silvia is one of the all time best home espresso machine. It beats my Gaggia Baby D without a blink. Though Silvia is more expensive (around RM2600 if you have the right connections), it is truly a worthwhile investment. Here are 3 top reasons why Silvia is better than any Gaggia’s home machine:-
1. Silvia with Brass Boiler vs Gaggia with Aluminium Bioler
2. Silvia’s boiler is 12oz vs Gaggia’s boiler is 3.5oz
3. Silvia’s powerful steam vs Gaggia’s pathetic steam

Okay. Those are the 3 photos I took with my pathetic digital camera. What you see after this are the excellent photos taken by Joseph, a professional photographer with a REAL camera 😀

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Levelinga nd tamping. Crucial steps to perform correctly in preparing espresso.

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Look at the crema of freshly roasted coffee.

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Wee Chuan holding up a shot of espresso.

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Wee Chuan distributing velvety microfoamed milk.

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Did I mentioned that Wee Chuan is a Latte Artist?

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Too good to drink? Given a choice, would you want these or $bucks?

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Really affordable way to enjoyed freshly roasted coffee.

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All coffee lovers here (and a cute coffee lover in training?) and Joseph is behind the lens.

Aeropressing the Costa Rica


Many people may no realised that espressos are usually made from a specific blend. In a blend is a mixture of two or more different origin of coffee beans. James Hoffman, the World Barista Champion of 2007 used a single origin of beans for his espresso and won. That is rare.

But if you want to enjoy or experience the many different taste of coffee, getting specific single origin is the way to go. Since the espresso brewing methods rarely able to bring out all the complexity of single origins, we will have to explore other brewing methods like drip, french press, moka pot and others.

My most prefered brewing methods for single origins is definitely using the Aeropress.

I recent got some very good quality of Costa Rica from highlanders. Freshly roasted.


Getting ready. On the left is the Aeropress, 2 glasses, costa rica in a vacuvin coffee saver and pitcher for hot water.


Close-up shot of some costa rica beans. I used about 20g of coffee to make 5oz of liquid. Freshly grind the coffee and pour into a cup or glass. That funnel you see above is part of the accessories from Aeropress.


Pour in about 6oz of hot water. Use water just off the boil.. about 92 to 94 celsius. Stir well and let it steep about 30 seconds. (Notice the bloom, the brown coloured foam… sign of fresh roasted coffee)


While the coffee is steeping, get the Aeropress ready. After screwing in the cap with the filter, rest it on a cup or glass. Pour all the coffee into the Aeropress.


Steadily, insert the pump-like devise and slowly press down. Press all the way down.


Tadaaaa… a lovely cup of Costa Rica coffee, the Aeropress way. Aromatic, with bright fruity taste of citrus.

With the Aeropress, you can truly experience coffee in a new way. There are many variants you can tweak.

1. For stronger coffee, just use more coffee powder to the ratio of water.

2. Increase the steeping time to 1 min or 2 min if you want more caffeine or you want a more bitter taste. Decrease the steeping time for brighter taste.

3. Or make a stronger extraction into a larger pitcher, add extra hot water to make coffee for 2 or 4 person.

Cleaning up is a breeze. The entire process including cleaning up take only 5 min or less.

The Aeropress is the invention of genius. It doesn’t looks as cool as a stainless steel moka pot or a classy french press. But it is durable, convenient and brings out excellent the potential of any single origin coffee.

Now, it is available for RM150. When I bought mine 3 years back, it cost me RM250++.
(Note: 16th November 2008 – The Aeropress now cost RM 185.00 due to high taxes by our government. The RM150 does not include tax. My mistake.)

Deliver anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia for extra RM10.