The Aeropress is an odd looking brewer from the man behind the Aerobie: the frisbee that looks like a bagel and frequently gets stuck in trees or stolen by dogs at the park.
Invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, the Aeropress is a plastic brewer that looks alarmingly like a big syringe. It consists of three main parts:
- The chamber: this is the section with the name and numbers.
- The plunger: fitting inside the chamber, the plunger has a rubber stopper attached.
- The basket: this is the black section that the filter paper is placed in, and screws on to the chamber.
When the basket is screwed on and the plunger is placed inside the chamber, the Aeropress becomes a vacuum, and therefore requires pressure to squeeze the coffee through the filter.
Just like every other coffee brewing product, there are a million and one recipes and methods for brewing with the Aeropress. On that note, we would suggest avoiding the original method from creator Alan Adler. Everybody has their preferences, and we mean no disrespect, but we would rather avoid putting our filter coffee and some cold milk in the microwave to make a ‘latte’, but each to their own!
After its invention, folk in coffee latched on to this strange new brewing technique, gave it a whirl, and completely remodelled how to brew with it. It was such a massive hit among the coffee community that in 2008 the first World Aeropress Championship took place in Oslo. You can read about the progression of the WAC here - it’s come a long way!
Our method yields a coffee more similar to a full-immersion filter coffee as opposed to an espresso-style, and is suitable for a single cup. We use the inverted method here, which consists of having the brewer ‘upside down’ and placing the filter and basket on last, as opposed to first.
At the bottom of the guide we have a few brewing tips, plus some World Aeropress Championship brewing methods if you fancy playing around. Brewing coffee at home is a great opportunity to play around with quantities and techniques, don’t be afraid to try something new!
You will need:
Let's get brewing!
If you fancy playing around with some other methods, you can check out the recipes used by the winners and runners up of the World Aeropress Championships here.