Coffee Confidential: A ‘Pressing’ Matter

Preferred by coffee experts all over the world this brewing method is a fast and inexpensive way to enjoy a great cup of coffee.

A French press is hands down the best way to appreciate all the flavors and aromas coffee has to offer. This method had been used for more than 50 years and undergone several design changes.

It all started in 1929 with Attilio Calimani, an Italian living in France with a passion for coffee. Calimani designed a method to allow coffee grounds and hot water to brew in a cup then later be filtered out using a cheese cloth. He called this method a French press and after undergoing numerous changes it is still used today.

A modern French press is broken up into two different parts. The main part, the cup, is used to brew and hold the coffee. The second part is the plunger which is used to separate the grounds from the coffee making it drinkable.

Now that we know what piece does what we can move on to the three stages. To begin fill your french press with 2 ounces of coarsely ground coffee and the rest with 200 degree filtered water. Next have the grounds and the water brew for five minutes to allow all the oils and flavors to be absorbed by the water. Finally put the plunger over the cup and press down to filter out all the grounds leaving you with a rich and delicious cup of coffee.

No other method in the world allows for a full body flavor at little to no cost. Coffee experts use french presses everyday when trying to determine the notes and aromas present in their cup. By allowing the grounds and water to brew for so long it brings out everything about the coffee including the region, roast and age.

Priced at only $10 to $20 this marvel of coffee engineering is a bargain. It is even perfectly customizable for your lifestyle with tons of different styles. Some can be found being up to 40 ounces while others are heavily insulated for the savoring coffee drinkers. There is a French press out there for everyone.

For a visual representation of how to use a French press go online at and join us next issue as we go over the most widely used brewing system in America.

Author: Daniel Gaglio

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