The French Press
For many decades, the French Press has been one of the most popular coffee makers. The jug is easy to use, quick to clean and does not require a paper filter.
The French Press was probably invented around 1850 in France, but first patented in 1929 by the Italian designer Attilio Calimani, who improved the press as well as his compatriot Faliero Bondanini over the years. In 1974, the Danish company Bodum developed the first French coffee press, named “Bistro”. This was chosen by international media as the most environmentally friendly coffee maker and honored with the Danish Design Award.
The French Press is one of the full immersion coffee makers: The coffee powder is continuously in contact with the water before it is later separated by a filter - and thus differs from the ever popular preparation with the hand filter, the pour over method.
The coffee is characterized by its body, since the metal sieve does not filter out the fats and oils contained in the coffee - unlike a paper filter. This way the coffee will have more flavor in the end.
How to prepare a French Press coffee?
Use a medium grind (slightly bigger than the grind for the hand filter method) to achieve a coffee, which is rich and nuanced.
It is best to warm the glass jug in advance with hot water and pour it out again. This way your coffee stays warm longer.
Boil the water for your coffee and wait another 30 seconds before using it. 30 seconds are enough time to reach the optimum temperature of around 96 ° C.
We recommend 65 grams of coffee powder per liter of water. To begin with pour approximately twice as much water as coffee (45 grams of coffee with 90 milliliters of water). Stir well once, so that the coffee powder is evenly distributed in the water and the coffee flavors can be optimally dissolved out. Give the coffee 30 seconds before you pour the remaining water.
Put the lid on and push it down slightly so the coffee powder that has settled on the surface is pressed into the water. This way you make sure that the whole coffee powder is completely extracted. Let the coffee go for another 4 minutes!
Keep an eye on the time to avoid over- or under-extraction of the coffee. Over-extracted coffee tastes bitter, under-extracted thin and watery. Finally, press down and make sure you press slowly and evenly to give the coffee powder time to settle.
Pour and enjoy! If possible, serve your coffee directly, otherwise it will continue to be extracted in the French Press and quickly become bitter. Therefore, our recommendation: Simply fill the remaining coffee into a (pre-warmed) coffee pot.