We get it, you really love your AeroPress. You’ve taken the plunge, upped your coffee game and can’t get enough of the delicious coffee that comes out of that AeroPress chamber.
So naturally, you want to do everything you can to care for it—including making sure you have proper AeroPress storage—so that it lasts.
Fortunately, we can relate.
As devoted AeroPress users ourselves, we know how it feels to be a coffee lover willing to settle for nothing less than the best coffee possible, and wanting to take care of the coffee brewer that makes cup after delicious cup of it.
So How To Store An AeroPress?
In our experience, as long as you clean it properly and remove any coffee sediment that may be trapped inside, there’s really no wrong way to store an AeroPress or Aeropress Go.
The entire AeroPress kit is designed to be strong and durable.
Plenty of coffee enthusiasts casually toss theirs into a tote bag or backpack to bring it along on trips or overnight hikes.
It’s made of rigid (BPA-free and FDA-approved) plastic that won’t break under any sort of normal weight or force, so you don’t need to worry too much if your main goal is ensuring parts like the filter cap or AeroPress plunger don’t break.
Having said that, there are definitely methods of storing an AeroPress maker that are better than others, or more ideal methods for certain scenarios.
There are also a few short steps we advise taking before putting the device away to keep it in the best possible condition.
Things To Do Before Storing an AeroPress
You can use a vinegar solution to clean the components of an AeroPress better than you would by using water alone.
This AeroPress storage method will also avoid any soapy residue affecting the taste of your coffee later on, while still ensuring stale coffee grounds don’t start to decay in the coffee brewer.
1. Clean All The Parts
The silicone seal should be cleaned thoroughly after each use, and both the plunger and AeroPress funnel should be rinsed with warm water at the very least.
To clean the chamber, run the plunger under warm water and soak the rubber gasket from the plunger in the vinegar solution.
If you opt to use a reusable metal filter, be sure to include that in your cleaning process after dumping out the coffee puck.
Small parts like the filter cap and rubber seal should also be rinsed regularly, but there’s no need to do full soaks or deep cleans using dish soap on a daily basis.
If you brew espresso-like coffee using finer-ground coffee, though, you should take extra care in your cleaning process as those coffee grounds are especially competent at lodging themselves into all the parts and crevices of the device.
We recommend giving our other recent article all about cleaning your AeroPress a read if you want to get further into this process.
2. Dry Them With A Paper Towel
This one sounds obvious, but drying is an important part of proper AeroPress storage—especially for reusable metal filters.
With more individual, intricate parts than a French press, for example, water can easily accumulate in and around components like the filter cap.
Storing AeroPress filters or any of its other parts before they’re dry can cause dust and bacteria to collect, which definitely won’t help you get the best AeroPress coffee the next time you go to use it.
After manually drying the coffee brewer, you may want to leave all the parts laid out on a paper towel or a drying rack for an hour or two (ideally in the sun) to make sure it’s as dry as possible.
For that reusable metal filter or other reusable filters, it’s a good idea to get a filter holder you can keep out of the way on your countertop so they stay out in the open air, clean and ready to be popped in to make that next cup of delicious coffee.
To reduce paper waste, you can dry your AeroPress parts using a thin, freshly clean cotton or natural fiber cloth (not microfiber).
3. Stack It Up
AeroPress storage gets really easy when you put all the parts back together again and compress the coffee maker down into itself.
The device is nice and compact this way, and it’ll be even more durable with the plunger stored inside of the chamber.
In addition, you’ll be making it a lot harder for dust and other small particles to find their way into the AeroPress funnel or filter cap when stored.
Our Personal Picks of AeroPress Coffee Maker Storage Options
Stacking your AeroPress For Countertop Display
Nobody ever said the AeroPress was a particularly glamorous-looking coffee maker, but it is compact, lightweight, and stackable.
If you use yours every day, it tucks away pretty easily on your kitchen counter.
And as we mentioned, keeping it stacked up and out in the open can help keep it free from small debris that tends to pile up in drawers and bags.
You can avoid the extra rinses we typically recommend if an AeroPress user keeps their AeroPress tucked out of sight.
Save it in An AeroPress Storage Bag
You can find plenty of purpose-made storage bags just for your AeroPress if you search, but you can also easily use a small drawstring bag you may have lying around, or even a small cosmetics bag, which may give you pockets for smaller components like a reusable metal filter or the rubber seal.
Keeping it in a bag is a great way to add a layer of dust protection for storage inside a kitchen drawer or cabinet. It also makes it easy to grab your entire AeroPress kit and throw a bag in a backpack, tote or duffel for a trip.
Not to mention it gives the whole setup a sort of premium level feel—like you’re reaching for your specialized coffee toolset every time you go to brew a cup of coffee.
If nothing else it’s sure to make for a great conversation starter.
Store it in A Coffee Cabinet or a Drawer
Well, that’s basically the gist step! There’s nothing wrong with plain old kitchen cabinet or drawer storage for your AeroPress.
However, we might advise rinsing it off before use if it’s been rolling around for a few days in a drawer with a bunch of other kitchen utensils.
Get an AeroPress Organizer or Caddy
Organizers are a great choice for home use because they’re convenient for keeping all of your AeroPress accessories together, not to mention fashionable and elegant.
While they’re not essential, they do make a great addition to any kitchen.
You can find ones with dedicated sections for everything from your reusable filter and filter cap to the silicone seal you definitely don’t want to lose.
Plus, most of them incorporate a filter holder, which provides a functional benefit as well as an aesthetic.
Not only do they organize your accessories, they also make that section of your kitchen or bar look like a nice, dedicated coffee area.
If you want to add a little flair to your kitchen, you can get one made of premium materials.
Whether it’s wood, stainless steel, or something more eclectic, there’s an organizer out there that will fit your space—and budget—perfectly.
How Do You Store Your AeroPress?
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, there really is no wrong way to store an AeroPress.
You’ve already upped your coffee game by getting yourself an AeroPress, and now you’ve unlocked the versatility and quality that comes with using one.
With its compact size and durable form factor, you can get the most out of an AeroPress nearly anywhere you have access to hot water. So how do you keep your AeroPress?
Drop us a line and show off your setup or solution.