French Press

French Press

French Press brewing is a great way to make a powerful cup of coffee quickly and simply. We offer a selection of top-of-the-line glass and chromed stainless steel presses from Bodum. This is the standard cafe press: well-made, not some wacko-futuristic, artist-signed, limited edition showpiece. Not that there is anything wrong with that....

It pays to get yourself a well-made French Press because you will regret it very quickly if you don't!

Remember that a press allows more sediment from the grounds into the cup. That is what makes French Press coffee distinctive. Some degree of sediment is desirable; it means more solids are dissolved in the brew, which imparts a more robust mouth feel to the coffee. Too much sediment is bad; to balance this you need an even grind, so a burr grinder is the best choice for French Press brewing.

Extra sediment or not, we feel that French Press offers some real advantages, that it perfectly compliments freshly roasted coffee (because the water and coffee fully mix for the recommended 2-4 minute brew time), and because it preserves the oils that might be otherwise filtered out or tainted by a paper filter. Check out our French Press Brewing Tip Sheet.

What is a "Tasse?" 1 Tasse = 4 oz = but a 3 Tasse press fills my favorite 11 oz. cup ...go figure. I would count on 1 tasse being more like 3.5 oz. We have more tips on Brewing Fundamentals on this page.

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