We have a winner! The first PT’s Challenge went down this week at our roasting facility and we’re proud to announce Lara Prahm as champion.

Featured Coffee: Palo Alto

Our featured coffee this week comes from Finca El Socorro in Guatemala. Owner Juan Diego de la Cerda goes above and beyond to consistently produce high quality coffee, and Palo Alto is no exception. We couldn’t wait to experiment with it given the sugary notes of marshmallow, light golden raisin sweetness, and milk chocolate finish.

Featured Brew Method: Aeropress.

Since its release in 2005, the Aeropress has grown in popularity and for good reason. The design is easy to use, easy to clean and store, and it allows you to produce a great cup of coffee quickly (typically in 90 seconds or less). The real magic of the Aeropress lies in the ability to create air pressure within the brew chamber and from being able to have all the coffee grounds fully immersed in water. These two factors combined create a cup of coffee that is smooth, rich, and typically low in acidity.

So, who should consider using an Aeropress? Are you a coffee newb? Great, it’s for you. As a matter of fact, this week’s champion, Lara, had never used the aeropress until about a week ago. Are you a coffee connoisseur? Cool, it’s for you as well. Love to travel, camp, or adventure, all while being able to make great coffee? Yup, this one’s for you too. That’s the best part: no matter what your level of coffee expertise or dedication, the Aeropress is likely a good fit for you.

Winning Recipe: Here it is, with no further ado.

The Parameters: 

  • 18 grams coffee ground at “auto” or for a traditional drip method. The grind will be relatively fine and have a consistency similar to table salt.
  • 250 grams of water.

The Brewing Process:

  1. Set up the Aeropress in the inverted position and pour in the grounds.
  2. Bloom with 60 grams of water for about 25 seconds. If you don’t have a scale at home, 60 grams of water on top of the grounds should touch the “2” mark on the Aeropress.
  3. Stir.
  4. Fill to 100 grams of water, let sit for another 10 seconds. For those of you without a scale, the water should be at the “1” mark on the Aeropress.
  5. Stir.
  6. Fill to 250 grams of water. Non-scalers, the water will be at the top of the Aeropress.
  7. Place your filter (pre-wet if it’s paper) and screw on the cap.
  8. Flip over the Aeropress and place it on your cup or carafe.
  9. Press down on the plunger slowly. This step lasts for about 30 – 40 seconds total.
  10. Stop pressing when you hear a slight hissing noise coming from the chamber.
  11. Sit back and enjoy!

And there you have it. We had a lot of fun (check out this sweet video), and we’re excited to do it again. Stay tuned for our next PT’s Challenge later this month when we’ll feature a new coffee and brew method. Before we sign off, we’d like to give a super big shout out to our friends at Baratza for being so generous and sending swag bags for the winners.

Until next time, cheers!