The french coffee maker is more commonly known as the french press and though it is often believed that a Frenchman was the one who first introduced the French press, nobody can say for sure.
Although it is true that the first French press appeared in France during the mid 1800’s, hence why it is coined as the French coffee maker, it was patented in 1929 by an Italian, Attilio Calimani, who furthered the design and made some significant improvements. Another Italian, by the name of Faliero Bondanini, also made further improvements on the design of the French Press.
This French coffee maker isn’t known as the French press in other parts of the world. In some places, it is known more as the plunger pot or press pot. Some just simply call the French Press a Bodum, which is a major brand name of this particular kind of coffee maker.
It may be called by different names, but as long as it is a narrow cylindrical glass pot that is fitted with a plunger-type mechanism that fits snugly inside the cylinder and has a fine wire mesh or nylon mesh filter, it is the French coffee maker.
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Despite its simplicity, it is still one of the best coffee makers in existence today, particularly due to its ability to make a cup of great-tasting coffee, sometimes tasting better than those brewed from the more technologically advanced automatic coffee makers in the market today.
Using the French Press
Before anything else, the French press requires the use of coffee that is ground to a coarser grind size. As a general rule, use a coarser grind than what you would normally use for a drip coffee maker, such as a DeLonghi coffee maker or a Cuisinart coffee maker.
To brew coffee with a French press, spoon the coffee grounds into the pot and pour near-boiling water into the pot. Stir the mixture and let it sit and brew for a few minutes.
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Then, place the lid over the pot and depress the plunger lightly until the filter reaches the bottom of the pot. The filter holds the grounds at the bottom of the pot, allowing you to pour the coffee into a cup.
Since the coffee grounds are always in contact with the water during the brewing process, the coffee grounds are fully saturated and extracted.
And unlike drip coffee makers that make use of paper filters, none of the essential oils are absorbed and trapped, which is why French press coffee or pressed coffee possesses maximum flavor.
And this is why the French press can make a great-tasting cup of coffee, even better than those brewed from the most expensive and popular drip coffee makers of today.
Therefore, if you’re planning to buy a coffee maker, consider getting the French coffee maker. Although it remains unchanged since the last century, it is a very affordable coffee maker that allows you to brew the best tasting cup of coffee.
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