“Aeropress is the result of several years of applied research by inventor/engineer Alan Adler. He conducted numerous brewing experiments, measuring the brew with laboratory instruments. The experiments demonstrated that proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering were key to flavor excellence. He then designed and tested dozens of brewers before settling on the AEROPRESS design. The design was further validated by coffee lovers who tested prototypes in their homes. Adler has about forty U.S. patents and an equal number of foreign patents. He is President of Aerobie, Inc, Palo Alto, California and a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. Adler’s best-known invention is the Aerobie flying ring which set the Guinness World record for the world’s farthest throw (1,333 feet). “
The Aeropress is a completely portable, non-electric way of making coffee. It sits on top of your cup and brews straight into whatever you plan to drink from. I like the design of this coffee maker, and that I can literally take it anywhere. Camping? Yep I could totally take it there! Hotel? Yep its light weight and would work with a bit of hot water just about anywhere. Airplane? Sure I can carry it on because its plastic, but I don’t think I would be brewing up coffee on an airplane
Ok, so I know that looks like a lot of pieces but it is pretty simple. The scoop and stirrer are self explanatory. The funnel keeps you from making a mess when adding coffee into the chamber. The main parts are the Plunger (seal is attached to it) Chamber (where the coffee and water go) and Filter Cap (which holds the filter in place).
To use the Aeropress all you have to do is, place the filter into the filter cap and attach it. Then add your coffee and stir for a few seconds. Lastly use the plunger to press the water into your cup!
Total immersion of the grounds in the water
results in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor.
- Total immersion permits extraction at a moderate temperature, resulting in a smoother brew.
- Air pressure shortens filtering time to 20 seconds. This avoids the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing.
- The air pressure also gently squeezes the last goodness from the grounds, further enriching the flavor