We’re always exploring new ways to fill our stainless steel travel mugs with superior coffee brews. We’ve tried the French Press, cold brew, and the good old-fashioned drip brew. Next on our list? The AeroPress, a coffee-brewing device invented by Alan Adler in 2005.
What is an AeroPress?
Glad you asked! The AeroPress is a coffee-brewing gadget that uses two nesting cylinders, a filter, and a plunger to brew a single cup of coffee in about a minute. You could call it the original single-serve brewer.
Adler invented the AeroPress because he wanted a quick, simple way to brew a single cup of coffee; drip coffee was too difficult for just one cup, but a pour-over took even more time. After playing around, Adler figured out that he could use a tool to quickly press hot water through the coffee in about a minute.
Why Should I Use an AeroPress?
First and most important in our java-loving hearts is quality. The resulting coffee comes out tasting great, giving you a superior cup of coffee for your time and money spent (a full AeroPress kit and filters costs around $30 on Amazon).
Plus, you can be a little more casual about your coffee grind when using an AeroPress. Like all coffee, your cup tastes best when the beans are freshly ground, but if you don’t have a grinder, it’s not a dealbreaker (just have your coffee ground when you buy the beans). AeroPress requires a fine grind of coffee, which is also a little easier to make than a coarse grind.
It’s also incredibly simple to use an AeroPress. No slowly-poured spirals like when making a pour-over, no special “tamping” technique, no letting the coffee steep overnight. Just pour, then push.
Finally, the compact nature of the AeroPress makes it an easy clean-up once you’re finished. Just take the cap off the AeroPress, press the compressed grounds into the trash, and rinse it out!
How to Use an AeroPress
- The AeroPress (two nesting cylinders)
- The AeroPress cap
- A coffee scoop measure
- A stirrer
- A funnel to neatly load the coffee grounds into the chamber
- Your favorite vacuum insulated travel mug
Here’s your plan of action:
- Bring your water to a boil, then let it cool to between 175-195 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Assemble the AeroPress with the paper filter in the basket. Rinse your filter with hot water (gets rid of any papery taste!).
- Attach the basket to the bottom of the brew chamber and place it on top of your favorite stainless steel travel mug.
- Use the funnel to add two scoops of ground coffee (using the AeroPress scoop as your measure) to the cylinder.
- Pour in enough water to saturate all the grounds. Then, pour to the #2 icon on the AeroPress (#2 = two scoops of ground coffee. Get it?).
- Use the stirrer (or, you know, a spoon) to stir once, briefly.
- Insert the plunger, pull up juuuuust a bit to create a pressure seal, and firmly press down until you hear a long hiss.
- Continue to press down gently for about 30 seconds.
- Finished? Take the gadget off your travel mug, pop out the coffee grounds, and rinse with hot water. You’re ready to enjoy your coffee!