Completely innovative coffee brewing methods come about very rarely. In 2005, the AeroPress was revolutionary. It was plastic. It was a weird shape. It made a pretty fantastic cup of coffee with very little effort. Since then numerous brewers have emerged, none with quite so much impact as the aforementioned weird coffee gadget. Now, over a decade later, the Delter Press put its brewing design into the public eye and it looked a little familiar…But other than being, in this publication’s opinion, a very clever marketing decision, the Delter Press is unlike the AeroPress in all the ways that count. It has gained much attention due to being compared to the AeroPress and in this case, the attention is, however got, well-deserved. It will never replace the AeroPress, one of the most popular brewing methods of the modern age, but it is in its own way unique.
The Delter Press is a completely new alternate press that has been designed from the ground up to solve two major factors that can turn your favourite brew into something a little more lackluster – channeling and agitation. This is ensured by the patented Jet Seal at the bottom of the press that keeps coffee and water completely separate until the moment you decide to press, creating an effect similar to the shower screen in a traditional espresso machine – evenly dispersing water across the entire coffee bed.
Secondly, the plunger isn’t just a plunger; when filling with water, the plunger should be fully inserted into the main chamber – pouring directly into the center of the plunger. At the bottom of the plunger you’ll find a few small perforations and a rubber seal that allows water to flow into the main chamber only when the plunger of the press is lifted.
The clearest, cleanest coffee can be achieved by following the recipe insert that is included with the Press, or by watching one of the many instructional videos at: https://deltercoffee.com/pages/brewing-guide
Being an opinionated coffee nerd, and with the impressive variation of the press, I’ve adapted the original recipe by Delter to something that suits my palate a little better;
It’s never been a better time to be a coffee geek, with hundreds of new gadgets and toys released every year. Often these innovations are flash-in-the-pan ideas that fall flat in usability, practicality and quality of brew. The Delter is not one of these fickle trends. Sure, the Delter isn’t going to replace any of your existing brewing methods – it is completely different and will make a great addition to your coffee arsenal providing you with a completely different coffee experience.
The Delter, for me, is particularly useful while hiking or exploring – due to the accurate level markings and dosing cap – it’s quite possible to use the device accurately without a scale or goose-neck kettle. For those in a rush, the coffee can even be pre-ground and stored securely in the dosing cap – all you need to do is add your hot water.