2021 World AeroPress Championship - 1st Place

This is the 2021 World AeroPress Champion Recipe by Tuomas Merikanto of Finland. Congratulations Tuomas!

📍This recipe uses two rinsed paper filters;

Tuomas mentioned a few key points about his recipe on Instagram. If you want to try this recipe at home it will be helpful to read the following tips first:

"I just wanna clarify a few things about the recipe so everyone can get hands-on with it! 😎

1. Water profile! 💦

Because of the nature of this year's competition, everyone used distilled water with @thirdwavewater minerals creating their own water profile. There were 14 different variations to choose from and I was the only one who used 100% espresso profile. I think this is one of the biggest reasons why my brew stood out.

Of course, I tried different variations and I think (especially in this competition coffee) this water profile gave the most balanced taste of sour and sweet, which I was going for. So give it a try and see how it changes the whole coffee versus to regular tap water!

2. Grind size! ✨

This was a pain in the arse when submitting the recipe. When I were creating my recipe I was using @comandantegrinder (27 clicks is what I used!) to get the most precise grind size. Yes, we got these templates where you can see the grind size from 0 to 9 of the coffee grinded with @macapgrinders . But still, it was very difficult to choose the right one. So it was quite a rough guess.

Even though, I think the correct grind size is one the most important factors in the recipe!

3.WAC coffee! ☕️

This awesome and complex coffee from @bureaux.coffee was really light roasted. When I first tried it, I brewed it with my Finnish Championship recipe. It came out with this not-so-pleasant sour taste which you can compare to tannins in red wine. How to get that astrigency off of the brew there are few things to bear in mind. Water temperature, grind size and agitation. Everything you can find from my Finnish AP recipe.

So what comes to this WAC recipe, I found the best balance in the other extremity - medium+ coarse grind, low water temperature and little agitation.

When making this brew, be gentle with it. Hope you guys enjoy! ❤️

Tried it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Recipe details:

Paper Filter


Medium-coarse (27 on Commandante)
Light (Guatemala Pablo Bamaca)


80°C / 176°F


  1. Start a timer when water hits the coffee. 0:00-0:10 add 50g water @80C.
  2. 0:10-0:15 stir very gently 3 times back and forth.
  3. 0:15-0:30 pour water from 50g to 200g @80C.
  4. 0:30-0:50 allow to brew, at 0:50 stir very gently 3 more times.
  5. At 1:00 push excess air out, attach the filter cap and wait till 1:35.
  6. At 1:35 put the pitcher on, at 1:40 flip the brewer.
  7. Press right away from 1:40-2:00.
  8. Swirl at 2:00-2:30 and pour from altitude to another pitcher.
  9. Enjoy!

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