Quick History of the AeroPress and How to Brew

Quick History of the AeroPress and How to Brew

Like all new innovative coffee brewing devices, the search for a better cup that’s smooth and less acidic to the palate becomes part of the pursuit of coffee perfection.

After studying the brewing process for quite some time, being dissatisfied with the lack of parameter controls in some of the readily available coffee methods; Stanford engineer Alan Adler felt he had discovered a better way.

This in fact is the main reasoning behind the invention of the AeroPress.

The AeroPress is a simple coffee brewing device that was invented in 2005 by Stanford engineer Alan Adler. Adler started working on the brewer in early 2004 – straight from his home garage – with the goal in mind of making his daily cup of coffee less acidic and harsh.

One of the main goals of the AeroPress: to quickly brew a full-bodied coffee  inspired from espresso machine technology  where the human touch replaces the electrical and mechanical levers from traditional espresso equipment, allowing the user to push the water through the puck, via a plunger-like design system directly into your mug.


Not much has changed during the past 17 years since its inception, still retaining the original intended design from his early home garage prototypes.

Upon release in 2005 it found immediate success in over 80 countries. It’s been recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association as an excellent method of brewing , which in turn has also led to the AeroPress being used in barista competitions around the world; the community led World AeroPress Championship.


Step 1

Add one heaping *scoop of fine ground up coffee first, then pour in warm water as shown.

Step 2

Stir your grounds and allow it to brew for 10 – 30 seconds.

Step 3

Press your perfect cup into your favorite mug and enjoy!


A lot of people want to know how much coffee to use when they first begin brewing with an AeroPress coffee maker. As a starting point, we recommend one heaping scoop of fine drip grind coffee, or 14 grams of coffee per cup.

Both the AeroPress Original and AeroPress Go scoops have the same capacity. A level scoop holds 11.5 grams of coffee or about 2.5 tablespoons. A heaping (rounded) scoop of coffee holds 14 grams or 3 tablespoons.

With these simple basic overview of how to brew the AeroPress you’ll gain a cup that has little to No acidity, bitterness, or grit: The rapid brewing eliminates bitterness and acidity while micro-filters remove the grit typically found in other presses. (*from Aeropress.com )

Now you have a better understanding of this seemingly simple, yet powerful tool for brewing coffee at home, the office, or anywhere you find yourself, just add hot water, coffee grounds and plunge!


For Brewing Tips from the Man himself go to: https://aeropress.com/pages/science

For Further Readings on the Invention of the AeroPress – checkout Perfect Daily Grinds Interview from 2016 on Alan Adler and his invention here : https://perfectdailygrind.com/2016/08/interview-how-did-alan-adler-invent-the-aeropress/

featured image by Alex Chernenco* / brewing guide graphics from aeropress.com

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