Happy 6th Birthday Sprudge!

The incredibly influential and supportive legends at SPRUDGE celebrated 6 years of frothy gossip yesterday. They’ve been great friends of the World AeroPress Championships from day 1, and we’re pumped for more love, support and collaboration with them in 2016.

Part of the celebrations, was for Liz, Jordan and Zach to pick their 6 favourite articles from the past 6 years, and Liz selected an article from May, 2014 : “A Good, Single Serve Coffee For Myself” — Our Interview With AeroPress Inventor Alan Adler

I’ve copied and pasted it here, for your viewing pleasure. Happy Birthday SPRUDGE!

Engineer Alan Adler founded Aerobie in 1984 to produce the world-record holding Aerobie Pro Ring, and has since invented no fewer than 26 additional products. In 2006, Aerobie took a deviation from sporting goods to produce a coffee maker: the AeroPress. This plastic device is basically an oversized, blunt syringe with a coffee filter attached, but its versatility and unique extraction profile has turned the brewer into an unlikely smash-hit amongst coffee obsessives of all stripes.

Last year, and for the first time, the AeroPress accounted for more than half of Aerobie’s total sales. Meanwhile the competitive AeroPress circuit, which started as somewhat of a lark, has matured into an engaging, freewheeling network of competitions across the globe. Don’t believe us? Look at this catalogue of amazing national competition posters, from Singapore to London, Scotland to the Philippines.

The world of competitive AeroPressing is an unlikely global coffee phenomenon, so much so that Alan Adler, founder of Aerobie and designer of the AeroPress, was on hand at Stumptown Coffee Roasters to observe the madness for himself at the US AeroPress Championships in Seattle a few weeks ago. Mr. Adler sat with Sprudge for an interview, during which we asked him about the roots of his invention, the culture of Aerobie, the wild turns the product has taken in consumer hands, and unexpectedly, his work as a flautist.


Let’s start at the beginning. How did Aerobie get started?

I was an electronics engineer most of my life. I had a hobby with sailing and sailboat design and that motivated me to study aerodynamics. When I started the company I had already been designing flying rings, flying discs, and boomerangs, and licensing my designs to other companies. I had been doing that for six or seven years. The Aerobie Pro Ring was the best flying toy I had ever designed and my wife suggest we start a company and that’s what we did.

Have you always been a coffee drinker?


How would you make coffee before the AeroPress?

We had a variety of ways. We had an old pod machine that used the old paper pods. We had an automated drip machine. We had a Chemex. And it was from a little tiny instruction sheet that was packed with the Chemex that I first learned about the benefit of lower temperature. That little instruction sheet said coffee tasted better if you brewed it at lower temperature.


Is that was sparked you desire to make your own device?

It began with a desire to make a good, single serve coffee for myself.

I had a conversation with the wife of our sales manager and we were commiserating about how an automated drip machine worked pretty well for a batch of coffee but fell flat when you tried to make a single serving. I started experimenting with pour-overs. I experimented with temperature and I found I liked 175 degree water.

I was frustrated by the fact that the wet time was four to five minutes with a pour-over and I tried to start pushing on the slurry with the back of a soup spoon–and that had no effect whatsoever. So I realized I need a closed chamber that I could pressurize. I had my own shop–so I designed and made something in my own shop in a day that wasn’t too terribly different than the AeroPress today. It just worked amazingly well. I was just absolutely blown away by how sweet the coffee tasted–it wasn’t bitter!

So I made a number of them and at some point I brewed a cup of coffee for our general manager at Aerobie. I still remember his exact words, he said, “Alan, I can sell a ton of these.” (laughs) So we decided to make it a product. I spent nearly a year perfecting the design, experimenting with different variations.


Can you tell us about those variations?

Some of the variations were really a waste a time because I didn’t know how to use my own invention. By that I mean I thought you could push down on the AeroPress and within a few seconds “woosh!” you would have a cup of coffee. I didn’t appreciate that you had to wait to let it flow through slowly.

So I was experimenting with ideas to create much higher pressure–I even had a few designs that were pressurized with a bicycle pump, believe it or not. In the end I chose what we have today, because it’s also self-cleaning. It took nearly a year to get production moulds fully debugged and working well. They were finished and ready for the Fall Seattle CoffeeFest in 2005, right here in these very halls.


Did you ever think that the AeroPress would spawn the World AeroPress Championship?

Not in my wildest fantasy dreams did I ever consider that. The funny thing is that we’ve encouraged competition with our flying toys. We’ve put on competitions for the longest throws. But the idea of competing with something to make what you drink every morning never occurred to me.

That idea came from Tim Varney and Tim Wendelboe. Tim Wendelboe held a World AeroPress Championship at his cafe. When I reflect on it now, the AeroPress really is a perfect thing for a competition because it’s so flexible. It encourages innovation. You couldn’t really have that with an ordinary espresso machine because it’s pretty set with how it works–but the AeroPress, there’s just an unlimited amount of ways you can use it.

Being a inventor myself with some forty patents I’m mindful of the fact that there are people that love to innovate–and those are the folks that come to the championships, for the most part. Although the winner this year at the US AeroPress Championship, Jeremy Moore, he had a pretty straightforward way of doing it. If you look at his recipe on Sprudge, it wasn’t terribly different from what we tell people to do.

At times, it’s been wildly different. Andy Sprenger’s win in Boston last year was really odd. Bizarre, but it won, it must’ve tasted really good!

What coffee do you like to drink at home?

I mostly like high-grown Guatemalan. The most important thing about coffee to me is the degree of roast. I like full-city or sort of medium roast. I say that I like my beans to look like a milk chocolate Hershey bar.

Do you still use the recipe on the box?

Yes. The whole motivation for making the AeroPress is a short wet time. I think a short wet time gives a sweeter cup. I think the temperature with 175 was not my invention–we tested a lot of temperatures on a lot of testers and they all preferred 175.


How many AeroPresses does Aerobie make a year?

About a half a million. And they’re all made in California.

Is the demand for AeroPress growing?

Yes, it’s our fastest growing product. It grows by about forty percent a year.

Are AeroPresses surpassing the demand of the flying discs?

Last year, for the first year, it crept past the sales of everything else combined. Our second best seller is our very first product, the Pro Ring. It’s still a favorite of mine, too. I still play with it, I still go outside and throw it around with friends.

Yes! I believe Sightglass Coffee sells it alongside the AeroPress.



Sightglass, pardon me! I didn’t know that.

Any new AeroPress products in the future?

Well, off and on, a few people have asked about a larger AeroPress and I’ve conducted experiments on a larger one but I haven’t found a design that I really love. Most of the occasions I experience when making coffee, the amount of coffee I make is covered by the existing AeroPress–it can make up to four servings in one pressing. It’s extremely rare–maybe once or twice a year, that I want to make more of that. So I don’t feel any sense of urgency to make a bigger one but it could happen–I’m just not sure.


Any other coffee products you’re tinkering with?

There are things that we think about from time to time but none of them have appealed to us strongly enough to make that move into a product. A lot of other companies feel like they must come out with products every year and we tend to wait until we just really love something before we bring it out. So every product that we’ve ever brought out in the thirty years we’ve been around is still in our line-up. We’ve never dropped a product.

Author and Coffee Ratings founder Kenneth Davids famously wrote a glowing testimonialfor the AeroPress. How did you get connected with Ken Davids early on?

I had all of his books and I knew he was a Bay Area person and I just called him up. I tested the earliest prototypes on him and his encouragement was one of things that helped us go through with it and invest in it.

Can you tell us more about your interest in flutes?

Well that’s just a hobby.

When did you start playing the flute?

I first got interested in it thirty years ago. Then I abandoned it for many, many years. About six years ago I started again.

What type of flute do you play?

I like end-blown flutes which are a cousin of the Japanese Shakuhachi. I’ve come up with my own mouthpiece design which works well for me.

If you Google Image Search my name Alan Adler and “flutes” there’s a few pictures out there on cyberspace of my flutes.

You record some of your music?

Yes. I like to improvise. At first I was trying to transcribe the things I invented with pencil and paper and then I discovered the lazy way is just to record them. When I want to play the same piece again I just listen to the recording and can easily play off of that.

Would you mind sharing your recordings with our audience on Sprudge?

I guess not, I can do that. But please be sure to tell them I’m a total amateur.


Thank you so much for the time, Alan.

Thank you!

Dublin 2016!


Lock up your leprechauns and dust off your shamrocks. Practice your patronising accent and get ready to trot out those well-worn stereotypes… The World AeroPress Championship is coming to Ireland!

On the evening of Thursday June 23rd, 2016 the only coffee competition that actually matters will be descending on Dublin, Ireland where a field of around thirty-five national champions will compete to take home the World AeroPress Championship’s metaphorical pot of gold.

In 2016, we’re going to build on this success of 2015 by providing even more support and exposure for national events. We had such a cracking 2015 season and we worked with some truly inspiring and dedicated coffee professionals who hosted, organised and brought the AeroPress Championship to their respective local markets.

So, do you think you have what it takes to host a national or regional AeroPress championship?

If so, anyone interested in hosting a national championship should complete an application here before October 31st, 2015 — we’ll be finalising and announcing the competition schedule in mid-November. The national championship season window is open from January 1st until May 31st giving winners a clear three weeks preparation time for the World Championship event in late June.

There are lots more details, exciting announcements and Irish jokes to come to be sure. Stay tuned, the 2016 plunge towards glory begins here.

— Tim & Tim

Inventor Portrait: Alan Adler!

David Friedman at Likely Media has shot and produced this excellent portrait of the unsung hero to coffee lovers everywhere and the inventor of AeroPress, Alan Adler. Many of you will remember Alan taking the mic and keeping us entertained during a partial power outage during the 2015 World AeroPress Championship in Seattle.  We were very fortunate to have him there.


So dim the lights and microwave yourself a very small bag of pop corn for this six and a half minute snapshot into the mind and methods of Alan Adler.


Lukas Zahradnik’s winning recipe

Demonstrated in a sexy new video, Lukas Zahradnik , the 2015 World AeroPress Champion, presents his winning recipe. Here is a summary of his method:

Specs : 20g coffee / 230g water @ 79c / Ground @ 7,3 on EK43 / 1:30 total brew time

Method : Bloom 15 sec with 60g water at 79c / Turbulent wiggle for 15 seconds / Pour the rest of the water (230g total) for 10 seconds / Press / Stop pressing under 1 on AeroPress chamber / 1:30 total brew time / 230g water total / Serve & Enjoy

The wheels have begun to move again…

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A number of weeks have passed since the highly successful 2015 WACs in Seattle, and time has been spent reflecting on the 2015 World AeroPress Championship circuit. Our attention is now on the national competitions for the 2016 season.

There was such an incredible response from the 35 nations who hosted regional and national competitions across the globe. We had some new countries come on board; it was Mexico’s first go at running a competition and by all reports, they did a cracking job. New Zealand put together an incredibly professional event in a small coastal town with competitors flying/driving in from other major cities. Poland hosted an unbelievable 72 competitors and in Australia and the UK multiple regional competitions were held.

All the events delivered great returns for hosts, sponsors and supporters with many national organisers hosting their 2nd or 3rd competition. There is real value for them, and with increasing attention from mainstream and social media, the value of hosting and supporting in only increasing. The atmosphere of the competitions meant spectators had fun watching and cheering along, and the inclusive, accessible format of the competition meant competitors had fun and were rewarded with flights across the globe for getting involved.

For the 2016 season we are looking into a few rule changes, and there will be more on that in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, start thinking about hosting your own regional or national competition. There is now a fairly light vetting process to ensure the right people are hosting the competition and that the essence of the event is held in tact. Register your interest in hosting a competition via this page – and if there are any people/companies/philanthropists wishing to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact us at WAC headquarters.

2015 World AeroPress Championship thank you

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Well, there we have it. By far the most successful World Aeropress Championship to date. 35 nations competing head-to-head for the chance to take home the ‘bronze piston’. According to the clicker at the door we had over 400 people come to enjoy the jamboree of competition and disco music. The atmosphere was electric during the competition; the level of ability impressive. We’ve had amazing support from a truly generous bunch of individuals and companies. Without them, there is no way we’d have been able to put on such a spectacle for people.

CI_Logo_2015_2_color bonavita new logolm logobaratzaeverpure2intellisprudgeFirstly, CafeImports. So big-hearted, so wonderful to work with. They sourced us an incredible coffee from Costa Rica, roasted it and shipped it all over over the World to all 35 competitors. We also had the cupping talents of Noah Namowicz & Meister as part of the notable judging panel. So much love from them.

Boni-avita, at least that’s what they could be called. Marcus Boni of Bonavita lavishly gave the competitors the tools to perform on the night and kettles and scales to take home for the top 3 place getters. Another dream to work with.

Intelligentsia came to the party too making sure all the required elements for a great party were there : beer and awesome limited edition Aerobie flying rings. Stephen Morrissey himself was there to judges through some rounds and projected his own jolly vibes onto the room.

La Marzocco, a long time supporter of the WACs, once again came to reinforce the event with an amazing price pack for the winner and  lots of love from Italy.

Baratza, practically a member of the sponsorship family now, donated a Forte, Vario W and Preciso grinders for the winners. Year after year, they’ve been there for us.

Those guys at Sprudge, our official media partners, propping us up with extra coverage of the National AeroPress competitions and making sure the World Championships were in the limelight.

Those 2 beautiful ladies on top of the back bar, were a couple of Mahlkönig EK43s, so thanks to Gary at Mahlkönig for hand delivering them to the event.

We had some competition grade water from Everpure USA for the competitors, of which practically every last drop was used to ensure their coffee tasted and extracted beautifully.

And what goes without saying, the lovely people at Aerobie, incredibly supportive, incredibly generous and true lovers of the World AeroPress Championships. Stay tuned for more reports, recipes and more photos!

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Oh my! You could judge the WACs!


This amazingly ‘Wheel of Fortune’ style spinning wheel will give you the chance to judge a round at the 2015 World AeroPress Championships if you land on ‘Lucky You’. A randomly selected spectator will have a ‘Price is Right; Come on down!’ moment to join the MCs on stage to spin the wheel 3 times to select the 3 judges for each round. If you land on ‘Coffee Time’, you’ll get a very special swag of WAC goodies!

Spinning the wheel isn’t your only chance to pick up the official WAC merchandise, thankfully. Manning the Merch Desk will be David Salinas of Department of Brewology, who created the exhaustively laboured over and staggeringly awesome artwork of the WAC poster. We’ll be stocking just 75 A1-sized prints on 100lb speckletone white French paper, and it’s strictly first in, best dressed. Thirty-five dollars, please.


There are totes, t-shirts and the uber exclusive WAC comp coffee.  It’s an incredible coffee – an SL28 variety selection, grown and produced by Don Carlos of La Perla del Cafe in Costa Rica, and donated by our esteemed coffee partners, Cafe Imports. Don Carlos was the first to get  SL28 seeds into Costa Rica and gave them away selflessly to his fellow producers to help everyone improve their coffee quality. Roasted by the fine folk of Elm Coffee Roasters here in Seattle. It’s bloody yum.

And once again, the incredibly popular Aerobie Flying Discs will be flying about…


Make sure you bring cash for the sweet, sweet merch! And make sure you have a ticket, because without a ticket you’ll be forced to go to one of the other lesser fun parties…

Getting Excited? You Should Be…


As the competition draws ever nearer, things are really starting to happen here in Seattle. Team WAC flew into town on Monday and headed straight to Elm Coffee Roasters to get this year’s competition coffee into production. We’re stoked with how it’s cupping, and think competitors are going to love brewing with it.


And as if the venue for the event wasn’t awesome enough, due to huge demand and a forecast f fantastic weather, we’ve decided to open the Within Sodo roofdeck on Thursday night. If you haven’t registered for your free ticket yet there’s only a handful left, and you need one to get in!

And as if all that isn’t enough to get you excited, we have keg after keg after keg of delicious Fremont Brewing beer that’s going to flow all night long.

The 2015 World Aeropress Championship!

Date / Thursday 9th April from 6:00pm
LocationWithinSodo – 2916 Utah Ave South, Seattle (Google Maps)

Partners / Cafe Imports, Bonavita, Uppercup, Sprudge, La Marzocco
Supporters / Baratza, Everpure, Mahlkonig & Intelligentsia

Competitor Registration / Open to all official national Aeropress Champions via here.
Tickets / Entry is free, but tickets are required. Please register for your invitation here.

Coffee / La Perla Del Cafe – SL28, Finca Chispita, Fully Washed from CafeImports.

Don Carlos of La Perla Del Cafe was the first to get the SL28 seeds into Costa Rica and gave them away selflessly to his fellow producers to help everyone improve their coffee quality and be leaders in coffee innovation in the region. His work in quality is impeccable as he sees his coffee like wine. He truly only picks ripe cherries or “Sangre de Toro” (Bull’s Blood) as it is coined in Costa Rica and doesn’t let anyone in his drying patio with dirty shoes. This coffee has been specially selected, purchased and shipped around the World extremely generously by CafeImports exclusively for the WACs. Oh, by the way, only 2 bags were produced!

Food & Beer / Tokyo Dog & Fremont Brewing Co.

MCs / David Latourell, Tim Varney & Ben Kaminsky MCs2015

Judges / Eden-Marie Abramowicz, Erin Meister, Amanda Juris, Anne Lunell, Katie Carguilo & James Bailey, Noah Namowicz, Tim Wendelboe, Mike Phillips, Stephen Morrissey. judges2015girls judges2015boys

Forget about the competitors, I’m getting hot under the collar just thinking about the calibre of the judging panel — look at the dreamy smiles on every one of them (except Mike Phillips and Anne Lunell – who are simply looking moody and enigmatic). “10 judges!” – I hear you shout; well we have a little surprise for you on the new, improved and WACkier judging format. The MC’s I could take or leave, but they’ll add a little structure and charm to the evening.

So! For a night of unbridled AeroPressure, register for your free tickets and join us at WithinSodo, Seattle for what will undoubtedly be the greatest World AeroPress Championship to date.

Keep an eye on the official WAC social media outlets from all the updates, images and frothy gossip!

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / SPRUDGE

2015 US AeroPress Championship – results


The 2015 United States AeroPress Championship hosted by Underline Coffee at 511 W 20th Street in New York, NY on Sunday March 29th at 6:00PM. Coffee professionals and enthusiasts battled it out to determine the best U. S. AeroPresser. Sweet USAC teaser poster by the SPRUDGE massive.

Aerobie will fly the winner to Seattle, WA to represent the US in the 2015 World AeroPress Championship held at WithinSodo on Thursday April 9th at 6:00PM.

The Sponsors, Counter Culture Coffee, Aerobie, Baratza , Bona Vita , Monarch Methods , City Cakes , Hario , and host Underline Coffee all worked to pull the event off.

Brandon Tully of Underline Coffee Emceed.

The judges: Cora Lambert (Box Kite), Deaton Pigot (Toby’s Estate Brooklyn), Erin McCarthy (Counter Culture Coffee) and Teresa von Fuchs (Irving Farm) all worked tirelessly (if a little overly caffeinated) through the night to determine the winners.

And the winners and their recipes are:

USA results