Much like Sebastian and Phil, the inventor of the Aeropress, Alan Adler, was an engineer. Adler decided to pursue his passion for aerodynamics and his first invention, the Aerobie flying ring, was just the start – and in 2005, Adler went into housewares, inventing the Aerobie Aeropress to manually brew one cup of fantastic coffee at a time. The Aeropress is not only a great manual brewing tool, it is affordable, accessible, and it has spurned a cult following, including a series of annual local, national, and international competitions – 2016 saw the 9th World Aeropress Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
There are a million ways to make an Aeropress, and this is just one!
We recommend at least 600g / 20oz of filtered water in your kettle.
Weigh out 16g of whole bean coffee and grind slightly finer than sea salt.
Insert Aeropress filter to the plastic cap.
Secure paper filter with plastic cap onto the base of your Aeropress.
Place Aeropress on top of your vessel (mug, pitcher, etc.) and pour approximately 100-200g of boiling water into the Aeropress. This step will help you to rinse your paper filter and warm up your vessel! Once this step is complete, discard the water from the vessel and you are ready to begin brewing.
Place ground coffee into your Aeropress on top of your vessel, on top of your scale. Zero the scale.
Start your timer and add 50g of water to the Aeropress.
Once you reach 50g, use the Aeropress plastic paddle to saturate the coffee grounds – stir forwards and backwards, left and right.
Around the 20 second mark, add the remaining amount of water until you reach 260g of water. This should bring you to approximately 40 seconds.
Around the 40 second mark, cap the Aeropress with its plunger. You can shift it off the scale at this point and let it sit until 1:40.
At 1:40, begin to press the Aeropress plunger. Your target is to finish pressing by 2:20 – your goal will be to evenly press with a constant and steady pressure. You’ll know you’re finished when you hear a hissing noise at the end of pressing.