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French Press Coffee Makers: The Benefits & Many Variations

by Justin Croxton June 08, 2016

French Press Coffee Makers: The Benefits & Many Variations

Looking to procure a French Press Coffee Maker? Or you only want to gain additional background knowledge on the coffeemaker model? This article will cover the history of the French press and outline the various models available in the market today.
History of the French press.

The French Press or Coffee Press is believed to have been invented by a Frenchman in the late 1880s. Back then, the most common method of preparing coffee was to boil coffee in water and leave the coffee grounds to settle.

The first design of the French Press Pot was patented in 1852 by two Frenchmen Delforge and Mayer. However, it lacked a seal in the carafe and was thus today’s French Press Pot. The first patent of the French Press Pot, as it is today, was patented by Italians Giulio Moneta and Attilio Calimani in 1929. Calimani developed the French Press Coffee Maker using a glass jar having a spout, similar to a laboratory beaker and created a plunger having a filter on the end used to press the ground coffee to the pot bottom.

Arguably, the most famous design was patented in 1958 by a Swiss man Faliero Bondanini. The Brewer was known as Chambord’ in France, where it was manufactured. The Chambord’s popularity in France gave the cafetiére its widespread French identity. Later Bondanini marketed Chambord in the name of La Cafetiére Classic’ in the UK market and finally bought the rights to the Chambord factory and name. However, the La Cafetiére’ trademark was retained by the original owners. Evidently, deciding on the origin of the French press is complicated, but it is considered the simplest technique to prepare french press coffee and produce and excellent cup.

Benefits Of The French Coffee Press 

Eliminates oils and sediments 

French press coffee is notably unfiltered. The coffee is passed via a fine mesh strainer held in the press pot, which leaves oils. Also, it eliminates tiny pieces of sediments in the pot. It is believed that the oils and bean residues may elevate cholesterol levels are causing harm to the body, but the findings are still unsubstantiated.
The coffee filters mainly to block the essential oils from the coffee beans. Therefore, using the filterless French Press preserves the oils and produces a fuller and complex flavor. Also, failing to use filters allows the user to conserve paper and engage in environmentally friendly activities. 

The French coffee press is easy to use.

The technique requires only the press, boiled water, and coarse ground coffee. Therefore, the French Presses produces a better coffee cut, are travel sized, are environmentally friendly and can also make loose leaf tea if the user requires little change in their beverage.

While using the French press, the grounds are simply stepped in the water.

While in the coffee machine and manual drip system the water is just passed on the grounds and is not allowed to absorb all the flavor and beneficial properties. Also, the coffee grounds used in the French press are coarser and bigger. This enables the filter not to get clogged and thus the filter can easily push them the press bottom. This implies that the final result coffee has more caffeine and is richer, enhanced and has a developed flavor. The coffee will not just taste better but will also have greater health advantages and a higher level of caffeine.

Types of French Press Coffee Makers

Glass Model French Presses

The glass is considered the traditional jug material. Borosilicate glass is used as a durable material since it can withstand temperature changes without breaking. The classical design has an appealing look for the user to watch as the coffee brews. However, a user should be aware of some safety issues in the French press.

Also, some models have a double walled glass. Such glass models would allow the user to keep the coffee hot for longer, but they are more expensive. Popular manufacturers of the glass french presses are BonJour, Bodum, LaCafetiere, and Norpro. 

Shatterproof Plastic French Press Models

Despite that the shatterproof plastic French press models look similar to the glass models, their materials are heat resistant.
Some examples of the Shatterproof plastic French press are the BonJour Hugo Unbreakable, BonJour Ami-Matin Unbreakable, and the Bodum Brazil Shatterproof. 

Ceramic Models

ceramic french press

The Ceramic models of the French press have a classy design that the glass and plastic counterparts. However, because the jug is ceramic, the user cannot see the coffee brewing and could deny on the fun that brewing in a French press brings. Further, they are easy to break but not as the glass models. Available ceramic French press models include the LaCafetiere and the BonJour such as the BonJour Maurice, Miami.Miami Emperor, and the LaCafetiere Lexi.

Stainless Steel French Press Models

stainless steel french press

The Stainless steel models are becoming very popular today. They are elegant and stylish. Further, the models are not breakable, which gives them an advantage over the glass and ceramic models. Also, the stainless steel models do not keep the coffee hot for long as the glass models.

But, it is imperative to note that it is not advisable to store the coffee for long in the French since it would get better after over extracting. Some elegant stainless steel models of the Frenc press are the Frieling, BonJour, and Bodum with examples being Frieling Ultimo, Bodum Columbia, and Nissan Coffee Press.

Travel Mugs French Presses

travel mug french press

The Travel French Press combines the coffee press with a mug so that the user can drink directly from the mug. The models are manufactured from durable plastic or stainless steel and can keep coffee warm for longer. Also, the Travel French Press are suitable for travelling with the popular one being the Nissan, Bodum Travel Press, and Planetary Design. 

The Electric French Press Maker

electric french press

The model is a new concept in the French press area. It offers additional convenience because a user does not have to boil the water separately and later pour it into the French press. However, it is more expensive. The common example of the electric French press is the West Bend, Chef's Choice and the Bodum Bistro.

Justin Croxton
Justin Croxton