The technology for serving coffee is over 200 years old.

Aero Press – A new way to make coffee There are many ways to make coffee: some old and traditional, some newer. This is the case with the Aero Press system, which was only invented in 2005 but has grown in popularity. Here’s how it works. Filter coffee is one of the most popular coffees in the world, especially in the United States and Northern Europe.

How much technology is in a cup of coffee ?

How much research and innovation is behind the simple fact of making espresso every day? From mocha to capsule coffee, the history of coffee is full of constant innovations and inventions big and small, with decade after decade trying to make everyday coffee easier, faster, and more enjoyable. The first major technological revolution occurred in 1884, when the Italians invented the espresso machine. Turin entrepreneur and engineer Angelo Moriondo, owner of a large hotel and one of the city’s main bars, was looking for a faster way to serve coffee to customers. In fact, it should be remembered that in the 19th century, the main coffee-making techniques were steeping and percolation, or rather, the extraction of coffee through a filter.

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Aeropress Technology

There is now a new brewing system that extracts all the aroma and sweetness from the blend, resulting in a stronger coffee with less bitterness. Known as the Aero Press, the system was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, president of Frisbee maker Aerobie. And it should be tailored specifically to the needs of Frisbee players, making high-quality filter coffee anytime, anywhere, in a short amount of time. The device is very light, cheap and compact, making it easy to carry and use even when you are away from home. Let’s see how it works.

How does Aero Press make coffee ?

Aero Press consists of three plastic parts. The chamber is cylindrical with a small cap and a hole in the bottom where you can insert a paper filter and screw it onto the chamber. The third part is a cylindrical piston with a diameter slightly smaller than the chamber it is inserted into. Their general appearance resembles a syringe. Application First place a filter paper on the lid. Rotate the chamber cover. Place the filter chamber, filter side down, on the pitcher or mug. Put a tablespoon of freshly ground coffee in the filter. These types of machines use the same blend as regular filter coffee – medium light roast and medium grind. Now pour 230 ml of 95°C warm water into the container and let the coffee steep for one minute. After 60 seconds, insert the plunger into the chamber and push down. After about 10 seconds, all of the coffee should be in the cup and ready to enjoy.

How does the coffee extraction system work?

The coffee obtained with this method is extracted using three systems: In the first stage, which lasts one minute, the extraction is done by soaking and filtration. Within the first 60 seconds, part of the coffee has already started to flow through the filter into the cup. During the last 10 seconds, the extraction is done by pressure, as in an espresso system. This makes it possible to obtain a stronger coffee than a simple filter coffee, and the result is less bitter, sweeter and more aromatic due to the reduced contact time of the water with the powder. However, to maintain these positive characteristics, it is important not to depress the plunger completely, but to stop within half an inch of the base.

the first espresso machine at the Italian General Exhibition in Turin

Moriondo’s brilliant inspiration led him to design and build the first espresso machine at the Italian General Exhibition in Turin, about one meter high, consisting of a large boiler capable of holding 150 liters of water heated by a small gas. Advance the flame. The steam from the boiling water then quickly reaches the filter, equipped with a revolutionary coupling and quick release system to prepare an espresso in less than a minute; a truly amazing time! Moriondo’s invention was perfected a few years later and mass-produced by Desiderio Pavoni in 1905. Not much has changed in the “coffee maker” to this day, except for another small but very tasty invention: In 1947, the industrialist Achille Gaggia replaced steam pressure with water pressure,

And the domestic coffee makers in all this?

The first coffee machine in history was the “Neapolitan” or “cuccumella” invented in France in 1819, which used percolation technology to extract coffee: the coffee machine contained two water tanks, one for water and one for coffee. The water is boiled and then passed through the coffee jug by turning the coffee maker upside down: the boiling water thus passes through the ground coffee, filtered to avoid residues, then ends up in the cup. In 1933, talented Italian designer Alfonso Bialetti started the home espresso revolution by inventing mocha coffee, taking inspiration from the steam-powered “washing machine” that was popular at the time. The practicality and beauty of the new coffee machine and the unique taste it gives coffee in a short time have conquered the Italians (and not only): to date,

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Current technology at the service of coffee

New Challenges for Technology in the Coffee World Over the past decade we have seen smaller and smaller coffee machines invade the homes of millions of Italians, research is now focused on investing in new new less polluting capsules and packaging, impact of espresso. If this challenge is not exciting enough for you, keep an eye out for the ideas of some young Italian entrepreneurs – between genius and madness – who will launch the first coffee maker on the market in the coming months! Is the revolution coming?

The Aero Press is a completely new system, but it has entered the hearts of many coffee lovers who appreciate its practicality and ease of use, cleaning, transport and, above all, its excellent end result.

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