Alan Adler is a resourceful man. In addition to a Frisbee-like clay disc, the American also invented the AeroPress – a particularly practical cafetiere for on the go, the office and your own four walls.

Adler’s invention allows anyone to make perfect coffee really quickly – and in the truest sense of the word. Everything you need to know when using this preparation method you find in our step-by-step guide.

1. WEIGHING

How to Aeropress Step 1What does it take to make a really good cup of coffee? That’s right, first of all, you need high-quality beans, preferably freshly ground. When using an AeroPress the grind should be somewhat finer than you’d use for a pour-over. We’ll choose our JOHO’s Äthopien (Ethiopia) and weigh out 17 grammes.

2. PREPARING THE AEROPRESS

How to Aeropress Step 2Take hold of the brewing cylinder and piston. As we have chosen the inverted method of preparation, we put the two parts together and then put the AeroPress practically upside down. In order to be able to later measure the amount of water exactly, we put it on a digital scale.

3. ADD THE COFFEE

How to Aeropress Step 3With the inverted method, the brewing cylinder is now open at the top. The freshly ground coffee is poured in.

4. FIRST POUR

How to Aeropress Step 4Then we pour in the water for the first time, until the brewing cylinder is about one-third full. The temperature of the water is important. 90 degrees Celsius is optimal.

5. STIRRING

How to Aeropress Step 5After adding the water we gently stir. Ensure that all of the coffee comes into contact with the water. Then we treat the water-coffee mixture to a 30-second break. During this time you can enjoy the smell, which should be reaching your nose by now, at the very latest.

6. SECOND POURING

How to Aeropress Step 6The artistic break is over, now it’s time for more water. When the brewing cylinder is full, we take another break, of around 60 seconds.

7. MOISTEN THE FILTER

How to Aeropress Step 7We can use this free minute to insert the filter in the filter cap and moisten it gently. The hot water helps the paper to lose its characteristic taste – which is important when making the perfect cup of coffee! Before we affix and tighten the filter cap, we carefully stir the coffee in the brewing cylinder again.

8. TURNING THE AEROPRESS

How to Aeropress Step 8Now it gets a bit tricky: in one hand we take a coffee pot and in the other the AeroPress. Then we turn the coffee maker around and put it on the server. The piston is now located on the top.

9. DEPRESSING THE PISTON

How to Aeropress Step 9At this stage there are only a few moments separating us from an excellent cup of coffee. We push the plunger down, slowly and steadily. As we do, the water-coffee mixture is forced through the filter. Press all the way down and voila – it’s finished!

10. VARIATIONS

How to Aeropress Step 10Beans, fineness of grinding, water temperature, brewing time: these factors influence how the coffee tastes in the cup. And because everyone has their preferences, you can, of course, vary these factors. When preparing with the AeroPress we have achieved our best results with JOHO’s Äthopien (Ethiopia). This single-origin coffee from Didu has a spicy aroma and a moderate acidity – ideal for this method of preparation!