French presses were invented in the 1850s and the method of making coffee is nearly the same today. There have minor design improvements since then, but the process still entails brewing coarsely ground coffee in boiling water.

A French press is simply a narrow cylindrical container, usually glass or clear plastic, with a plunger, filter, lid, and handle. Hot water is poured into the beaker and brewed for several minutes. With the push of the plunger, the disc-shaped wire mesh filter pushes the grounds down to the bottom of the container.

How does a French press work?

  1. Water is brought to a boiling temperature, using either a kettle or heated direct line
  2. Coarse, uniformly ground coffee is placed at the bottom of the beaker
  3. Boiling water is poured into the beaker, stirred with a non metal spoon, and let to brew with the lid on
  4. Coffee is brewed for 1-5 minutes, depending on desired strength
  5. Grounds are pushed to the bottom, exerting even pressure on the plunger to catch grounds in the filter.
  6. Should be poured immediately to avoid bitter coffee

Strongest cup of coffee

French presses are favored by coffee connoisseurs because of the pure, bold coffee they produce. Since coffee and water come into direct contact, the taste isn't altered by paper filters, mechanical drops, or sediment in the machine.

Aesthetic superiority

The tall, cylindrical carafe and the smooth filtering motion give the French press an aesthetically pleasing edge. Coffee making becomes pure art with the use of a press pot, delivering java in a refined manner. Perfect for dinner parties or breakfast in bed!



Since the French press use entirely mechanical technology, it requires no electricity other than heating the water. This means they can be transported easily for travelling or camping. They can be cleaned out easily, typically by hand or in the dishwasher. Be sure to read the instructions on your press pot, pressing coffee is easy to learn but tricky to master.