Using a French press coffee maker is really simple. It’s an enjoyable experience that will fill the room with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

You will taste freshness in every cup of French press coffee…

Because using a French coffee press extracts the true flavor out of every bean.

That is why it’s the most popular of all manual coffee makers.

As one of the several different kinds of manual coffee makers, the French press maker is relatively easy to use.

The coffee maker itself is 100% manual, requiring no outside power source other than to heat the water that you will be pouring into the chamber.

Consisting of the water chamber itself, a lid and the filter / plunger this coffee system is very easy to use.

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How to make French press coffee

It’s a very simple and relaxing process. Begin by heating some water up in a teakettle or pan until a near boiling.

While the water is heating, place 1 tablespoon measure of coarsely ground coffee per 8 oz of water into the bottom of the chamber of your French press coffee maker.

Next, slowly pour in the heated water, resisting the urge to dump in all in at once. Stir the coffee grounds and water just a bit, and then cover the French press pot with the lid to keep the heat in and let it sit undisturbed for at least 5 minutes.

After your coffee has brewed, using medium pressure, press the plunger down to the very bottom of the pot to trap all the grounds. You can now pour and enjoy your cup of French pressed coffee.

How does a French press coffee maker work?

The effect of steeping the coffee grounds in the hot water is effective at drawing out the truest flavor of the coffee bean.

Unlike drip coffee makers, a French press extracts the essence of coffee in it’s purest form. A drip maker only gets the grounds wet with hot water for a short amount of time.

What kind of coffee do you use in a French press?

Your favorite type of coffee! It’s important to note that any coffee you do use in your French press coffee maker should be coarsely ground. Ideally, grind your coffee just before brewing and you will enjoy the best cup you have ever tasted.

The water you use has a significant effect on the taste of your finished coffee, so as will any coffee making process, be certain that the water you use is good tasting, too.

How to choose a French Press Coffee maker

Basically, each of the presses we have tested out are very much the same.

The biggest difference is selecting either a single walled carafe or double walled carafe.  And think about if you prefer the traditional good looking glass models or want to opt for one of the stainless steel models which will insulate your coffee better than glass will.

The entire experience of French pressing your coffee should be completely enjoyable. Many people feel the glass carafes with their stylish good looks add to this enjoyment.

It’s true that the glass carafes will not hold the heat of your coffee for long, so unless you are planning to serve more than 2 or 3 cups at a time, the smaller models will fill your needs very well. Purchasing a 10 or 12 cup capacity press is only recommended if you select the double walled model, or intend to serve up large amounts from one press.

Stainless steel presses are known for their ability to retain the heat of your coffee without it turning bitter for longer than their glass cousins, but beware of products that are poorly constructed or made from cheap materials.

As with everything, you get what you pay for. A budget stainless steel carafe will most likely leave a metal taste in your brew. If you are going to really experience the French press coffee, as it should be, you will want to avoid any product that appears to be inferior.

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