The French press coffee maker is a coffee maker that was designed by Attilio Calimani in 1929. This particular coffee maker is also called a coffee press, coffee plunger, and press pot. This simple coffee brewing machine brews great coffee, which makes it a preferred brewing device for many coffee drinkers. Despite just how simple the French Press is, the possibilities for modifying the brew is actually endless. The taste of every French Press brew is actually unique, and that is why it appeals to a lot of people.

History and Design

Since the very first design, the French Press has gone through a lot of design changes. The first design, was made in France, and it was a very rudimentary when compared to the modern version we have today. It was patented in 1929 by Italian designer, Calimani. Since then it has undergone a lot of changes by Faliero Bondanini, who patented his own version of the French Press in the 1950s.

After patenting the design, he started manufacturing the press in a clarinet factory in France, where it gained popularity. A British company, Household Articles, Ltd., was actually responsible for the French Press’ popularity within Europe.

The very modern and up to date French press is made of a narrow beaker that is cylindrical in shape and made from metal or glass. It is then equipped with a metal or plastic lid, as well as a plunger that fits tight within the brewing cylinder and has a fine metal or nylon mesh filter. There are variations of the French press for aesthetic appeal. Because of this, after dinner presentations have increased.

Variations of the French Press

The French Press is a self contained and portable coffee maker and it is the most portable when compared to other coffee makers or brewers. There are the travel mug versions which are made of heavy duty plastic and have a sealed lid with a closeable, drinking hole.

There are some variations that are actually designed and then marketed for hikers and backpackers and these coffee makers are quite compact and lightweight. They are the best replacement for regular drip coffee makers or the percolator when you are going out for a hike.

There are also other types of French Press variations that are made from stainless steel. These are designed to help keep the coffee hot, which is quite similar to how a thermos flask works.

There are also uniquely designed French Press’s that use a pulling motion, instead of a pressing motion to separate coffee grounds from the brew. In this variation, the coffee grounds are located in a case that is placed within a mesh basket. Then, once the brew is complete, the plunger is pulled upwards into the lid. Unfortunately, they are not very popular anymore and they are hardly sold.

Pros and Cons of a French Press Coffee Maker

The French Press will make your coffee by adding coffee grounds to hot water, letting it steep, then the plunger is pressed into the grounds. This ensures none of the coffee grounds reach the brewed coffee.

Besides the average coffee machine, it is actually one of the least time consuming and easiest ways to make a really great cup of coffee. Also, unlike the pour over, as well as the Aeropress, it makes brewing coffee for multiple people at the same time much easier.

The downside is that it’s prone to being bitter and oily, since the coffee is actually sitting directly on the grounds for however long it takes to drink the brew, this can keep people from wanting to use a French Press coffee maker.