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French press – making coffee with maximum flavour with minimal effort

What is the French press and how does it work?

The French press, commonly referred to as a press pot or plunger pot, is a simple coffee maker that utilises a cylindrical glass or plastic carafe and a steel plunger with a fine mesh filter.

To make coffee with a French press, put coarse coffee grounds in the carafe, pour hot water over them, and let the mixture soak for a while. The coffee and grounds are then separated, and the grounds are pushed to the bottom of the carafe, using a gradual downward plunge.

The end result is a coffee with a rich taste profile that is full-bodied and creamy. Since it is not filtered, unfiltered coffee has a higher oil and sediment content than coffee made using other brewing techniques, which can give it a somewhat gritty texture.

At Kulina, we have the finest French press coffee makers from reputable producers like Leopold Viena, WMF, and Stelton.

How long do I brew coffee in a French press?

Heating water and coarsely grinding of coffee beans are the first steps in making coffee in a French press. Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds in the French press, making sure to completely cover them.

After stirring the mixture, steep it for four to five minutes. Pour the newly brewed coffee into your preferred mug after carefully pressing down on the plunger to separate the coffee from the ground.

What is the difference between coffee brewed in a French press coffee maker and espresso machine?

The main differences between coffee brewed in a French press coffee maker and an espresso machine are:

  • Brewing Method: A French press is a type of immersion brewer where coffee grounds are steeped in hot water for a few minutes before being pressed and separated from the brewed coffee. An espresso machine uses pressure to extract coffee from finely ground beans.

  • Grind Size: Coffee brewed in a French press requires a coarse grind, while espresso requires a very fine grind. The finer grind allows the water to pass through the coffee grounds quickly, creating a strong and concentrated shot of coffee.

  • Coffee Strength: Espresso is a concentrated shot of coffee with a high level of caffeine and a strong flavor. Coffee brewed in a French press is less concentrated and has a milder flavor.

  • Crema: Espresso has a layer of crema, which is a creamy, caramel-colored foam on top of the shot. French press coffee does not have a crema layer.

  • Equipment: French press coffee makers are simple and inexpensive, while espresso machines are typically more expensive and require more skill to operate.

If you are looking for more ways to brew coffee, check out our selection of drip coffee makers, slow drip coffee makers and stovetop espresso pots.