An illustration of Adler’s patent for the AeroPress design filed on May 18, 2005.
The AeroPress was invented by designer Alan Adler in 2005. At the time, Adler was the president of the toys company Aerobie, whose flying ring at one point held the world record for ‘longest throw of an object without a tail with a throw.’ (This impressive record has since been surpassed by a boomerang throw.) The AeroPress has undergone certain changes in its material composition (it is currently made from polypropylene), but the shape and components have remained more or less unchanged since the original design.
We proudly host this feature-length documentary in the BH Video Gallery, with kind permission from filmmakers Aleš Pospíšil & Radek Nožička of European Coffee Trip. It includes interview footage with Adler in his workshop in Palo Alto, California.
In 2008, coffee roasters Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney decided to hold a lighthearted competition in Oslo to see who could brew the best cup of coffee using an AeroPress. They named this event the World AeroPress Championship. Since then, this fan-driven event has become a global phenomenon. In 2019, some 65 countries staged national competitions, culminating in the 12th World AeroPress Championship in London.