Coffee Lesson: The History of AeroPress

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/09/22 •  9 min read

The AeroPress is a coffee maker created by Alan Adler in 2005, but it took years to perfect of course. Alan handled it like the engineer that he is, beginning with the issue (he desired less harshness in his everyday coffee) and working his way to the answer!

The AeroPress was designed to be both portable and easy to store because it doesn’t take up much space or take long to assemble. It’s also lightweight and dishwasher-safe.

Also, it is a very easy method to make your coffee in under 3 mins, super simple and quick with a unique taste that you’ll love.

In this coffee lesson, we will go over the history of how Alan Adler created AeroPress, as well as how to make coffee using this device.

The Invention of AeroPress

The World AeroPress Championship

Adler is the notable inventor of the Aerobie sport toys (yes he was originally a toy maker) and back in the early 2000s, he was looking for the coffee machine that was both portable and easy to clean. The first version of the Aeropress was created by Adler in 2005. 

He understood that he needed to employ pressure to minimize the brew time. Because the pressure from the “pushing” was increased by a sealed container, Alan was able to prepare his coffee faster.

Since August 2009, all AeroPress components have been free of BPA and phthalates. 

Until July 2014, all pieces of an AeroPress are being made of polypropylene, except the paper filters and silicone wrap.

In October 2018, all AeroPress was equipped with a silicone wrap. Previously, seals were created of thermoplastic material, which, like silicone enclosures, was produced in the United States. 

Both types of the seal have been honored by the EU and the FDA for use in interactions with food.

Alan started researching the coffee brewing procedure and examining coffee maker designs in 2004 to develop a truly creative gadget that would produce an outstanding cup of coffee. 

He launched its groundbreaking AeroPress coffee machine at a coffee business trade exhibition in November 2005.

The coffee maker works by creating a sealed air vacuum where the water is trapped. The hot water is then forced through a tube and the grounds into a chamber at the bottom, where it is pressed into a bold and intense cup of coffee.

Hence its name: aero (air) + press!

After building trust in the coffee world for a few years, purchases of the AeroPress to genuine coffee enthusiasts took off throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries. 

For more than a decade, the business thrived by selling both Aerobie sport toys with incredible flying productivity and AeroPress coffee makers that brew delightfully clean, rich coffee.

AeroPress Revenue

coffee cup using aeropress

In recent years, the coffee industry has exploded in popularity, with coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike seeking out the best ways to make a perfect cup of coffee. Among the many coffee makers on the market, AeroPress has gained a reputation as one of the best, thanks to its simple design and ease of use. And it’s no surprise that the company behind AeroPress, Aerobie, is reaping the rewards, with annual revenue of around 4.1 million dollars.

That makes it one of the most profitable coffee maker companies in the world. So if you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, and a company that’s doing well financially, you can’t go wrong with AeroPress.

Their revenue is greater than the industry median, even their website traffic gets more views than the average website in the coffee industry. This makes AeroPress a major player and a front-runner in the coffee brewing space.

AeroPress Today

an aeropress coffee dose

Today, AeroPress is one of the most popular ways to make a cup of coffee. Users enjoy its unique taste and its ease of use. Most coffee makers in the market today have adopted many features of AeroPress. But it’s only as perfect as its users. The device can be prone to over-extraction or under-extraction due to poor technique and lack of control for some users.

However, it’s still one of the most popular ways to make a cup of coffee, because it allows home baristas to express their artistic side in brewing coffee just as much as they can express themselves in writing or painting artwork on canvas.

People’s Opinions About The AeroPress

Brew coffee using AeroPress

Many coffee lovers believe that the AeroPress is a great alternative to the filter drip and automatic drip methods. The device is easy to use and also easy to clean. It’s also very affordable and gives you a chance to control the coffee grounds that go into your cup.

After building trust in the coffee world for a few years, purchases of the AeroPress to genuine coffee enthusiasts took off throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries. 

For more than a decade, the business thrived by selling both Aerobie sport toys with incredible flying productivity and AeroPress coffee makers that brew delightfully clean, rich coffee.

AeroPress Different Colors

There are two main colors of AeroPress that you can buy: red and yellow. The AeroPress Go is red, while the classic AeroPress is yellow. Both colors are eye-catching, but the Go may be more suited for those who want a pop of color in their kitchen.

The classic AeroPress is a more subdued color, but it still makes a statement. Whichever color you choose, the AeroPress will brew delicious coffee.

Read Also: The Pros and Cons of the AeroPress in 2022

Why You Should Consider Investing In An Aerobie AeroPress

History of AeroPress

Now that we covered the brief but illustrious history of AeroPress and how it became one of the most popular coffee makers on the market, let’s dive into why you should consider investing in one.

1. It’s Easy To Use

One of the best things about AeroPress is that it’s incredibly easy to use, even for coffee beginners. All you need to do is add your ground coffee and hot water into the chamber, screw on the plunger, and press down. In less than a minute, you’ll have a delicious cup of coffee.

Read Also: AeroPress Brewing Guide

2. It’s Portable

AeroPress is also perfect for coffee lovers who are always on the go. The entire coffee maker fits inside the included carrying case, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll never have to go without your morning cup of joe again.

3. It Makes Great Coffee

Of course, the most important reason to invest in an AeroPress is that it makes great coffee. The unique design of the coffee maker ensures that all the grounds are evenly saturated with water, resulting in a rich and flavorful AeroPress crema.

Plus, with AeroPress, you can play around with different brewing methods to find the perfect cup for your personal preferences. One of these is the AeroPress inverted method which makes an excellent espresso every time!

4. It’s Affordable

When compared to other high-end coffee makers on the market, AeroPress is surprisingly affordable. For less than $30, you can get your hands on this top-quality coffee maker. Plus, since AeroPress doesn’t require any fancy filters or paper cartridges, it’s also very economical to use in the long run.

So, what are you waiting for? Invest in an AeroPress today and start enjoying delicious coffee at home or on the go!

Frequently Asked Questions

The History of AeroPress - FAQs

Is AeroPress Made Out of Plastic?

AeroPress is made from a high-quality plastic called polypropylene (PP) which is BPA-free. This means that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that could leach into your coffee and potentially cause health problems. The material is also FDA-approved, so you can be confident that it’s safe to use.

How can you tell a fake AeroPress?

A fake AeroPress’s plastic casing, handle, and the lid will be weaker than the ones mentioned above. Besides this, the plastic used in a fake structure is thinner. The fake model will break if you push too hard on it.

Who discovered AeroPress?

AeroPress is a device for brewing coffee. The AeroPress was invented by Aerobie president, Alan Adler in 2005. Alan was made President of the company in 1994.

In 1986, Alan developed the Aerobie Pro flying ring which set a new Guinness World Record for farthest throw (1,333 feet). The AeroPress is his second most notable invention.

How old is the Aeropress?

The AeroPress was invented in 2005, so right now it’s 17 years old! A fairly recent invention in comparison to other brewing methods like the Chemex (the 1940s) and the espresso machine (1900s).

Why is Aeropress so popular?

The Aeropress is so popular because it has some of the following characteristics:

Plus it’s highly customizable, enabling one to make a wide variety of different types of coffee drinks. 

Where is AeroPress manufactured?

AeroPress coffee makers are manufactured by AeroPress, Inc., in the United States. The company is based in Palo Alto, California. AeroPress coffee makers are designed and engineered by Alan Adler, a Stanford University engineering lecturer and inventor of the Aerobie flying ring. 

Last Thoughts

As a coffee lover, I will stick to my AeroPress. It’s become an integral part of my routine, and it fits into my traveling lifestyle perfectly.

No matter how much technology advances, I think coffee lovers are going to stick with AeroPress. It’s just too good!

 It is very simple and easy to use and also you can take it anywhere. Its beautiful design and high-quality coffee make it even more unique.

Well, now you understand why it became famous so quickly and worldwide known. For someone who is not a professional with making coffee or finds it difficult to cooperate with complex coffee makers, the Aeropress is the solution to make a high-quality cup of coffee and impress your friends and family.  

Coffee aficionados, Enjoy!


Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.

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