The French Press

Are you a coffee connoisseur? Or maybe a simple enthusiast! Either way, there’s constantly new things that you could be learning about coffee. Wether it’s about the bean itself or how it’s prepared. Today I’m starting a new series called Coffee Talk. Each week we’ll be discussing a new coffee related topic. This week it’s the classic french press. The french press is one of the many ways that you can prepare your daily coffee. Wondering how it works?

What Is It & How Does It Work?

Let me explain a french press in a quick and brief overview. Ultimately, ground coffee beans are brewed in hot water (in a glass beaker) and then filtered through with a plunger. A french press can come in many different designs and sizes but the overall functionality is always the same. The diagram/drawing that I created may help you to understand this concept better.

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The french press that I personally own is 32 oz. and is perfect for my boyfriend and I to make two “cups” off coffee. Each ranging between 12-16 oz.

How to Make Coffee Using a French Press

1. Warm up your french press by filling it with hot water (and then dumping it out).

2. Put ground coffee into the french press.

Use a medium grind coffee if you have the option! (We’ll be talking about coffee grinders in the future)

3. Pour hot water into the french press – only add half of the amount! Start your timer!

Not sure how much coffee or water to use? Here’s a helpful chart!

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These are simply guidelines and recommendations! I encourage you to experiment with the amount of coffee and water you use.

4. After 1 min break the top ‘layer’ of coffee with a spoon and stir the water/coffee mixture well.

Make sure all of the coffee grounds are wet.

5. Add the remaining water and place the lid (with the plunger fully extended) on the french press.

6. Wait until the timer reads 4 minutes before pressing/filtering.

7. Slowly press the plunger down to filter the grounds out of the coffee.

8. Pour and serve immediately.

Leaving the coffee sit in the french press can cause over-extraction and your coffee will become bitter.

9. Add any desired extras (sauces, syrups, milks, etc.)

Side Note: The french press can also be used for loose leaf tea!

The History 

When looking into the origins of the french press there is actually quite a bit of controversy surrounding who invented it first. The French or the Italians? A name that is often circulated is Attilio Calimani who filed for a patent in 1929 (Google Patents). Over the years the design of the french press was modified countless times, ultimately resulting in what we now know as the french press today.

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What’s your favorite way to brew coffee?

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