You call it “French Press”, but I guess you don’t know that this coffee maker was patented in 1929 by the Italians Attilio Callimani and Faliero Bondanini.
They produced it in a French Company and distributed it all around Europe, hence the name French Press.
Table of Contents
How to Make French Press Coffee
Let’s learn together how to make coffee with a french press, thanks to this video from the guys at Illy Coffee:
The French Press consists of three elements:
- a cylindrical container with handle;
- a plunger integrated with the lid;
- a filter (made of steel).
Follow my suggestions and you will make a cup of coffee with a wide range of aromas.
The optimal grind French Press coffee is rough and coarse. You need them coarse for two reasons:
- the time of infusion is longer (about 4 minutes);
- the coffee filter must be able to retain all solid particles.
Too fine grinding would fill the filter holes and hinder the extraction.
The recommended doses are about 30 grams of ground coffee per 500 ml of water.
The water must be warm, between 92 ° and 96 ° C. Be careful not to sprinkle it hot: the coffee may burn and be unpleasant.
The kind of coffee I recommend to use is: Arabica quality, mixture or single origin, toasted not too dark and fresh.
I suggest you buy a high-temperature resistant French Press because it is more practical to maneuver, especially if you plan to make coffee on the road.
Also, make sure all parts are easy to remove. This way you can clean with ease all the internal parts, including the filter that holds the exhausted dust.
Two examples of alternative use are:
- try using cold water (following the cold brew method) for an ideal extraction in the summer season;
- add flavors and spices to make more sophisticated coffee preparations.
Where to Buy a French Press?
As always, you’ll find everything you need on Amazon!