A space-age contraption with gravity-defying aspirations.

The AeroPress was invented by Aerobie.  Aerobie is responsible for creating the long-flying “superdisc” that broke Guinness World Records when it soared 1,333 feet into the air. (Take that, frisbee!) The same mastery of aerodynamics comes into play here, with this peculiar and lovely device for brewing coffee.

Step 1
Bring 1 cup (220 g) of water to a boil.

Step 2
Assemble the AeroPress upside-down (flared end up), inserting the plunger component so it meets the printed number 4 on the side of the AeroPress. (It’s possible to attach the black filter cap and place it right side-up, but this tends to cause leakage and make accurate brewing more difficult.)  Make sure the entire assembly is dry, since any residual moisture can compromise the device’s seal.

Step 3
Place a paper filter into the AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap. Set aside.

Step 4
Using the AeroPress funnel, add 20-22 g of perfectly ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber. Be careful not to spill any grounds into the ring-shaped gutter at the top of the AeroPress.

Step 5
Pour 1 cup (220 g) of hot water over the coffee. Stirring delicately, make sure the coffee is saturated evenly.

Step 6
Start a timer for 1 minute.

Step 7
Screw the cap to the top, ensuring it locks into the grooves tightly.

Step 8
When the timer has reached the 1-minute mark, flip the whole assembly over onto your mug with haste, control, and purpose.

Step 9
Plunge by applying downward pressure. You will experience about 30 pounds of resistance here. Your coffee is fully brewed once it begins to make a hissing sound. This means there is no more water to push through the device.