The French Press, also known as a press pot, coffee plunger or coffee press, is a device used to brew coffee. Despite its common name this piece of coffee equipment, the French Press was first patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in the early part of the 20th century. The design of the coffee press will allow the production of an excellent cup of coffee that is less acidic than drip style coffee. To use the French press you will need medium to coarse ground coffee, the press contains a mesh filter and if too finely ground coffee is used the filter will not work and you will end up with grounds in your cup. This method can take a long time compared to drip coffee or other methods but the result is worth it.
When brewing coffee with a French Press, remember, the water temperature is of vital importance, it should be kept between 195°F and 200°F, utilize a digital thermometer to ensure that the temperature is kept constant. Add the grounds to the press then add hot water to the grounds and gently stir, next place the plunger and lid on the press and after about 4 minutes, begin to depress the plunger slowly. Once the plunger has been fully depressed, serve the coffee immediately, it will actually continue to brew in the press if not served right away. Brew what many coffee aficionados will refer to as the “Perfect Cup of Coffee” with the addition of a French Press to your other coffee equipment. We carry a selection of French presses in different sizes for use in a coffee shop or for residential use alike.