I ordered some Guatemala Antigua Panchoy from that start-up Argo Sons lane posted about and it arrived today. I'm not a big coffee drinker and my experience is pretty much confined to only using a Vietnamese coffee press/filter and occasionally a Turkish coffee pot. Considering this stuff is neither Vietnamese nor Turkish, I'm calling for help on what I should do with it. I'm thinking French Press, right? Coarse grind, let it steep for ~3 minutes, and press?
I don't own a grinder or anything and this is all new to me so suggestions are welcome. I'm thinking of getting an AeroPress as well in the near future.
Cheers guys. Think I'll cash in on an AeroPress tomorrow; I'm just ancy to try out this new stuff and have a very "I want it now" thing going on. I actually wonder if any place in Seattle sells an AeroPress... This is the coffee crazed section of the state.
If/when you guys do get it, definitely use the inverted method from the get-go, and don't expect your first cups to be perfect. It takes a little time to get your technique just right, but when you do, man! That thing brews a mean cup of coffee!
I've wanted to try the AeroPress myself, but instead I decided to perfect my French Press technique, so I took some tips from Blue Bottle's website. It's not just steeping, but stirring as well, like you'd do with an AeroPress.
Excuse my coffee ignorance, but why such a long steep time? I've been letting most of my coffee steep for only :30 or so (as per instructional videos). Is it simply that the coffee demands a longer steep time? are you trying to obtain a much stronger taste?
@MAGZine: The method and amount of coffee determines the steep time. Always be exact as possible in everything to get consistent flavor. With a 8-cup French press, I steep 42 gm of coffee for 4 minutes. Inverted Aeropress, 21 gm for 1 minute. These make similar flavor in the coffee. A smaller French press with have a shorter steep time. The longer you steep, the more flavor. Steep too long and it gets bitter. Too short and it is week. Also, some coffee does better with a shorter and some longer steep times. I keep notes on what I did and that lets me look back and see what I did before to get a perfect cup each time.