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French Press
Easiest form of rich flavor coffee brewing


The French press method is a form of coffee brewing which involves placing coarsely ground beans into a glass or ceramic carafe and pouring heated water over the grounds and letting it steep. When the brewing process is finished, a plunger device with a mesh filter is pressed tightly down on the grounds which pushes the coffee to the bottom of the carafe. This leaves the freshly brewed coffee liquor on the top ready for serving or further processing.

This French press process of brewing coffee allows for complete control over the brewing process. Controlling the temperature of the water and the length of the steeping process gives you a better ability to make your coffee according to your taste than if you use a typical automatic drop process.

Not only can you control the brewing process with a French press method, but the mesh filter is more porous than paper filters allowing more of the flavorful coffee oils and dissolved solids to pass. A more porous filter requires a courser grind and steep time which can generally be about 3 to 6 minutes. Fine burr grinders are used to make a coarser grind, but itís unavoidable to produce the finer grinds which end up in the cup.

Although Europeans have typically found the French press method of brewing coffee to be the preferred method, this method is becoming more popular in the US recently. The press method requires more patience and effort before a cup of coffee can be enjoyed, something that is not in tune with the usual American value of convenience, but the richer and more full-bodied flavor is winning more and more Americans over to this traditional way of making coffee.

The French press has been considered the best, simplest and quickest way to brew your coffee. It is basically a glass beaker with vertical sides and a plunger with a mesh filter on it.

Serious coffee lovers agree that the best way to brew everyone's favorite coffee is also the simplest and quickest. The French press method prevents scorching of the beans, and because there's no filter involved, all of the flavorful oils stay in your drink and not on a paper filter.

Simply measure out one rounded tablespoon of coarse ground whole bean per 4-ounce cup, pour very hot (not boiling) water over it, let the contents brew for at least 4 minutes, then slowly depress the plunger. The result is one of the richest best tasting cups of java you'll ever drink.

This attractively designed Bodum press is the perfect size for one person's morning fix as it will make 3-4oz cups. Because the carafe is glass, it's best to use a little care when handling the press in the sink. But if for some reason you happen break something, don't panic, Bodum offers replacement parts.

 

 See a large selection of our French Presses on our French Press Page.


Step by step instructions for using your Bodum French Press

1. Place pot on a dry, flat, non-slip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger straight up and out of the pot.

2. For each 1,25 dl/4 oz. cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon or 1 Bodum scoop of coarse ground coffee into the pot.


Caution: Use only coarse ground coffee. Fine grind can clog the filter and create high pressure. Place coffee maker on a heat proof, non-slip surface.

3. Pour hot (not boiling) water into the pot. Leave a minimum of 2,5 cm/1 inch of space at the top. Stir the brew with a plastic spoon.
 

Caution: Metal spoons can scratch or chip the glass beaker and cause breakage.

4. Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn lid to close off the pour spout opening. (Does not apply to the Brazil models) Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes.

5. Hold the pot handle firmly with the spout turned away from you, then using just the weight of your hand, apply slight pressure on top of the knob to lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces best results. If the filter clogs or it becomes difficult to push down the plunger you should remove the plunger from the pot, stir the brew and then slowly plunge again.
 

WARNING: Using excessive force can cause scalding liquid to shoot out of the pot.

6. Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.

7. Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger unit after each use. All parts are dishwasher safe.
 

Need a larger French Press?
This 8-Cup 34 oz Coffee Press is one of the largest French Presses that is available on Amazon.
Our Instructions are about the same for this larger press.

The Bodum 8-Cup 34 oz Coffee Press is one of the largest French Presses that is available on Amazon. This press is also the lowest priced and highest rated one to be found on Amazons website.

Who said you need a fancy expensive coffee machine to get a good cup of coffee when you can use a coffee press and get a great cup of coffee. The coffee press is used by many coffee shops to make that 1 to 2 cup brew when you order some of the specialties coffees on the menu.

 
The other item you will need is a coffee grinder that will give you a course grind to your coffee beans. Always wait until you are ready to drink coffee before you grind your coffee beans. Freshly ground beans not more then 10 to 15 minutes old will give you the most flavor. It is even better to grind your beans and then add them to the press and add water ASAP. You need not buy an expensive grinder but you do need to by the right type of grinder, one that does not generate a lot of heat. To learn more about coffee grinders visit the information page for different types of coffee grinders. To the right I have a picture of a grinder used for coffee presses. Remember you need coarsely ground coffee.

When you buy fresh coffee beans try not to buy more then a weeks supply. Always follow the coffee storage instructions on this site to keep your coffee fresh.

 



 

 



French Press

The French press method is a form of coffee brewing which involves placing coarsely ground beans into a glass or ceramic carafe and pouring heated water over the grounds and letting it steep. When the brewing process is finished, a plunger device with a mesh filter is pressed tightly down on the grounds which pushes the coffee to the bottom of the carafe. This leaves the freshly brewed coffee liquor on the top ready for serving or further processing.

This French press process of brewing coffee allows for complete control over the brewing process. Controlling the temperature of the water and the length of the steeping process gives you a better ability to make your coffee according to your taste than if you use a typical automatic drop process.

Not only can you control the brewing process with a French press method, but the mesh filter is more porous than paper filters allowing more of the flavorful coffee oils and dissolved solids to pass. A more porous filter requires a courser grind and steep time which can generally be about 3 to 6 minutes. Fine burr grinders are used to make a coarser grind, but itís unavoidable to produce the finer grinds which end up in the cup.

Although Europeans have typically found the French press method of brewing coffee to be the preferred method, this method is becoming more popular in the US recently. The press method requires more patience and effort before a cup of coffee can be enjoyed, something that is not in tune with the usual American value of convenience, but the richer and more full-bodied flavor is winning more and more Americans over to this traditional way of making coffee.


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