Why it’s worth choosing a French press coffee maker
There are many different advantages of a French press coffee maker:
- Ease of Use – Coffee machines can sometimes be quite tricky to use, with lots of different dials, buttons, and settings. They’re often confusing, whereas a French press is always very simple and straightforward to use.
- Affordability – When compared to coffee machines or simply buying a coffee from a local café, having your own French press is a much more budget-friendly option. They’re highly affordable and offer great value for money, lasting for years and years.
- Better Flavors – Due to the way in which French presses like the Espro P3 Glass French Press Coffee Maker work, actually letting the coffee grounds steep and percolate through the water rather than making use of filter paper like a drip machine, the resulting coffee tends to be more flavorful and tasty overall.
- Portable – Coffee machines are big and heavy, not at all portable. A French press, on the other hand, is highly portable and lightweight. You can take a French press on a camping trip, for example, which can be a great advantage.
Features to consider when choosing a French press
There are several different features to think about when shopping for your next French press, and the importance of these features will vary depending on your coffee-drinking habits and lifestyle. Some people will really value a portable French press, for example, while others will be looking for a French press with a high capacity and strong insulation.
This feature tells us how many ounces of coffee the French press is able to prepare. Some French press manufacturers will simply list how many cups of coffee their products are capable of making, but it’s a good idea to look at the measurement in ounces to get an accurate reading as the size of a mug can be interpreted differently by different brands. If you’re just looking for a French press to use at home and live alone or as a couple, you won’t need such a big French press, but if you often have to make lots of cups of coffee for many people, a bigger model will be needed. Some French presses, like the Frieling USA Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press, are available in many sizes.
The insulation of a French press like the is effective for determining how long it can keep your coffee hot. This is a key factor if you have a busy lifestyle and like to make a pot of coffee in the morning and then come back to it while doing other things. Single-wall French press models aren’t going to offer too much insulation, but models that boast of vacuum sealed double walls like the Espro Press P7 can keep your coffee hot a lot longer.
Glass vs. stainless steel carafe
The carafe is the body of the French press. This is where the coffee sits and percolates while the French press is working its magic. The carafe is typically made of either glass or stainless steel. Glass is a popular material for its beauty and the fact that it lets you easily see how much coffee you’ve got left inside. It’s the classic, traditional material for a French press, as seen in the Espro P3 Glass French Press Coffee Maker, but it does risk breaking and isn’t quite as good as retaining heat as stainless steel. Stainless steel French presses keep coffee hot for longer, making them better suited for travel purposes, and they’re super durable and tough too.
Ease of cleaning: is it dishwasher-safe?
Cleaning a French press is rarely a fun activity as you have to get all the grinds out and this can often be a messy job. Plus, some French presses are designed in ways that are difficult to clean with your hands or brushes. It’s wise to choose a French press that is easy to clean to make your coffee-making experiences more enjoyable overall, and if you can get a dishwasher-safe French press like the Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, this is a great advantage.
Design, dimensions and weight
French presses can come in all shapes and sizes. They all tend to follow the same basic design pattern, but there can be some big differences from one model to the next. If you’re a frequent camper or traveler, you might like to choose a design that is suitable for travel like the Bodum Travel Press. A compact and lightweight French press is a great option for travelers, but those who just plan on using their French press at home won’t need to worry too much about this aspect. You may, however, wish to find a French press with a design you find visually appealing. Some French presses like the Cafe Du Chateau French Press Coffee Maker are particularly attractive and can add elegance to any kitchen or living room.
Type of filter
To get the best quality coffee out of your French press, you want to find a model with a strong and effective filter. It needs to be as fine as possible to guarantee the most satisfying flavors and prevent any sediment or coffee grinds appearing in your cup. Choose a French press with lots of microfilters like the Coffee Gator French Press Coffee Maker for the very best results.
How to make the best cup of coffee with a French press
To make the most of your French press, add one heaped tablespoon of coffee to the carafe for each 200ml (6.7oz) of water you plan to add. Add hot, but not boiling, water into the pot and then gently stir for a few moments before inserting the plunger and placing it just above the water level. Leave the coffee to percolate and infuse for up to 5 minutes before plunging.