We check out the PuckPuck, a chilly dripper designed as an AeroPress attachment.
BY TANYA NANETTI
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Pictures courtesy of Tanya Nanetti
As a terrific fan of the AeroPress, I’m all the time curious to attempt each doable machine invented to be appropriate with it. This isn’t restricted to solely filters and attachments to brew one thing just like an espresso, but in addition trendy organizers, equipment, and the like.
That’s why I used to be thrilled after I lastly acquired the prospect to attempt the PuckPuck, a chilly espresso maker attachment designed to brew a scrumptious chilly drip with the assistance of an AeroPress and a easy empty water bottle.
What’s the PuckPuck?
Created by Two at Six, an award-winning crew of designers based mostly in London, the PuckPuck was efficiently funded on Kickstarter in 2018, and in recent times it has grow to be a viable different to a standard chilly drip tower, which is method greater and sometimes rather more costly. Now bear in mind that it is a chilly drip maker and never a chilly brew maker, which I’ll clarify a bit later.
What It Comes With
The entire package is available in a small field, which accommodates the “actual” PuckPuck. It consists of two screw-on blue plastic halves, a splash filter (a small plastic disc pierced by a number of tiny holes), and a appropriate vessel, excellent to carry the right amount of water wanted to brew the espresso. It additionally comes with a brief instruction guide and a lightweight suggestion to obtain the corresponding app.
The Brewing Course of
After a fast studying of the directions and gathering all the pieces wanted, it was time to brew.
Following a fast rinse and dry of the PuckPuck physique, the second step was the meeting of the AeroPress. After which, it was lastly time for the espresso. The instructed ratio is 38g of espresso per 400g of water and 100g of ice, with a medium grind. I picked a Costa Rican espresso from Volcan Azul, floor at 23 clicks on the Comandante grinder. As soon as floor, I positioned it within the AeroPress above the filter, and shook to degree the espresso. That is once you drop the splash filter on high of the grounds, and that’s the place issues began to get fascinating.
After screwing the appropriate vessel (or a beforehand ready mineral water bottle, lower in accordance with the directions within the small booklet) into the PuckPuck, I positioned it on high of the AeroPress, added 100g of ice and crammed up the remainder with 400ml of water.
The brew may correctly begin now. I slowly turned the PuckPuck till the drops began flowing out of the valve, adjusting the move fee to roughly 50 drops per minute. That is the place the app is available in. Having a easy and intuitive button to the touch makes it simple for the consumer to know if the drops are coming down on the proper pace. If that is so, it is going to take you a complete brewing time of two and a half to a few hours, which may after all be adjusted in accordance with your favourite recipe.
What It Tasted Like
I ready it within the late morning, so the espresso was able to be loved after lunch, just a bit bit over three hours later. The espresso had a pleasant physique and a wealthy taste, the place the acidic fruity notes appeared delicately, mixing completely with the predominant aromas of chocolate and toffee.
The (Mild) Cons of the PuckPuck
The record of cons is admittedly quick, and it has extra to do with the AeroPress. That’s, in case your machine is outdated and somewhat opaque like mine, it tends to make it somewhat tougher to test the drops. There may be additionally a barely longer preparation required to brew the chilly espresso, particularly when in comparison with the basic filter-in cold-brew bottles which might be really easy to make use of.
However, although usually complicated, it’s all the time good to do not forget that chilly brew and chilly drip are two various kinds of espresso, and that’s why the selection of the vessel to brew our chilly espresso must be determined in accordance with our choice.
Chilly brew, obtained by immersion, produces a typically sweeter and extra floral brew, with a lighter physique and a fragile style since water will get added. Then again, chilly drip—a percolation technique—is usually fuller-bodied and method richer in taste.
That’s why, ultimately, it in all probability doesn’t make a lot sense to check the PuckPuck to a standard cold-brew bottle that, as we’ve already seen, will brew a unique ultimate cup.
The Greatest Execs of PuckPuck
The most important professional is that it’s reasonably priced sufficient—round $40 for the entire package, in distinction to some higher-end chilly drip towers that may value as much as $300! It’s comparatively simple to make use of, and after the primary brew, the next ones run easily. It’s additionally fairly sturdy and never too “severe” of a brewer, precisely just like the AeroPress. It brews a mean of two cups of an pleasurable chilly drink in a comparatively quick time on the spectrum of chilly drippers, and might be the right journey companion to brew a scrumptious chilly drip anytime, wherever.
All in all, the PuckPuck is the right start line for brewing a scrumptious chilly drip, with out the trouble of shopping for extra difficult and costly drippers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tanya Nanetti (she/her) is a specialty-coffee barista, a traveler, and a dreamer. When she’s not behind the espresso machine (or visiting some hidden nook of the world), she’s busy writing for Coffee Insurrection, an internet site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside together with her boyfriend.