The first patent of a French press that resembles what we use today was patented by the Italians Attilio Calimani and Guilio Meneta in 1929. The more popular design was patented by the Swiss man Faliero Bondanini in 1958 with a similar design to what we see and use today.
What is a French Press?
Easy to your time and super consistent, the French press is a full immersion brewing device that uses a metal mesh filter instead of the typical paper filters. This guarantees one thing in particular, a bold brew with a fuller body and increased texture due to more oils remaining in the final brew and fewer coffee particles. It’s perfect for making multiple cups of coffee all in 4 minutes.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- French Press*
- 25-45g Course ground coffee
- Timer (if one is not built into scale)
- Gooseneck Kettle* / Hot Water (375g-675g @ 205°)
- Preheat the French Press with hot water. Discard the water from the press.
- We use a 1:15 coffee to water ratio. So, for every 1gram of coffee, use 15 grams of hot water. 25g of coffee would be 375g of water. 45g of coffee would be 675g of coffee.
- Place French Press on your scale and tare to 0.
- Add your choice amount of coffee grounds to the preheated French Press.
- Start your timer and pour all the hot water into the French Press, completely saturating the grounds.
- Insert the plunger so the metal filter is touching the coffee grounds but not pressed at all.
- At 1 minute, remove the plunger and stir the coffee grounds.
- Place the filter back on the top of the brewer still raised but touching the grounds.
- At 4 minutes, press the plunger to the bottom.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Steam Anchor sells the OXO easy clean French Press. So once you’re done with your French Press. Simply remove the plunger, use the built-in scoop to pull up the used grounds, dispose of them and you can clean any remaining grounds with a small amount of water.