by nils

April 24, 2014

Aeropress coffee maker (photo my m15u, CC2.0 licensed)
Aeropress coffee maker (photo my m15u, CC2.0 licensed)

More on what it takes to turn a great idea into a great product, this time from the inventor of the Aerobie flying ring. Steve Jobs said “there’s a tremendous amount of craftsmanship between a having a great idea and having a great product,” but it’s not just craftsmanship – there are obstacles of all kinds, as Adler experienced both with the Aerobie and the Aeropress coffee maker.

At every turn, the AeroPress — like most of Adler’s other inventions — encountered innumerable roadblocks, faced skepticism, and was doubted. Like anyone who has forged new ground, Adler had a choice at each junction: throw in the towel, or return to the drawing board; he consistently chose the latter. In many ways, the AeroPress is a reflection of its inventor: it’s simple, but precise, it’s highly adaptable, and it squeezes every last drop of flavor from the bean.

Link: The Invention of the AeroPress

Hattip to Boing Boing for the link and to Zachery Crockett of Pricenomics for the fascinating Adler article.

About the author 

nils

Your host and author, Nils Davis, is a long-time product manager, consultant, trainer, and coach. He is the author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, many blog posts, a series of video trainings on product management, and the occasional grilled pizza.

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