French Press Coffee

What is French Press Coffee?

French Press coffee is a rich full-bodied brew that is all about robust flavours and strength. The French Press itself is elegantly designed and is super easy to use – totally technophobe friendly!

Depending on where you are in the world, you may also know it by one of its other titles. For example, it is known as a caffettiera a stantuffo in Italy, but the term the French use for it is cafetière à piston (though they may also refer to them via popular trademarks like Melior or Bodum). Coffee lovers in the UK and the Netherlands refer to it as a cafetière, while the US and Canada call it a French Press or Coffee Press. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa it is known more simply as a coffee plunger.

This classic coffee pot can be underrated by many coffee lovers when they start comparing different brewing methods. They fall in love with the dynamics of the AeroPress or the science-vibe of the Syphon, but if you are looking for a minimal effort method that rewards you with a strong coffee, then you need to get a French Press. Why? Because they’re cost-effective, easy to use and produce a brilliant home-brewed coffee.

The French Press has a long history of making a damn good cup, beginning with the first recorded patent in 1852 by two Frenchmen, Myer and Delforge. The most similar version of the modern French press that we know and love were patented by Attilio Calimani, an Italian designer with a penchant for delicious beverages, in 1932. Over the decades, various modifications have entered the French Press market, such as Faleiro Bondanini’s 1958 patent, which was manufactured and distributed across Europe by Danish company Bodum. Despite any variations, the essential elements of the French Press method have remained unaltered for the better part of a century!

A French Press coffee pot is a glass or plastic cylindrical beaker, housed in a metal or plastic frame, and topped by a metal or plastic lid. Running through the centre of this lid is a rod secured to a mesh filter (made with either a fine wire or nylon), which sits snugly inside the beaker. By placing pressure on the rod, the coffee will be pushed to the bottom of the beaker and the brew will be forced through the mesh filter as it’s pushed downwards.

The French Press coffee pot is all about minimal effort – it has only a few steps, requires only a few items, takes only a few minutes to brew and a few minutes to clean up!

Simple. Easy. Delicious. Unbeatable.

How to Use a Fresh Press

What you will need:

Brew Time:

4 minutes

French Press Coffee Ratio:

The ratio used for French Press is 7g of coffee per 100ml filtered water.

Step 1: Prep! Set your water to boil to around 94 degrees Celsius and grind 21g of fresh coffee for a French Press or plunger (very course).  Heat the beaker with a little of the hot water to prep it, then discard the water. 

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Step 2: Tip the ground coffee into the French Press vessel and add 300ml of hot water.

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Step 3: Let this sit for 30 seconds then stir.

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Step 4: Place the plunger part of the vessel on top and let it sit there for 3-5 minutes (depending on how strong you like it, 4 mins is the recommended brew time). The longer you leave it the stronger it will taste, but be sure not to over brew as this will create bitter flavours.

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Step 5: Now slowly start to put pressure on the plunger rod, pushing the filter downwards and decant immediately to serve. Enjoy black or with a dash of milk!

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