What’s A French Press Coffee Maker? Do You Need One?

What’s A French Press Coffee Maker? Do You Need One?


Are you a big fan of coffee? If so, you own one or more coffee makers and have thought about buying a French Press Coffee Maker.

What’s A French Press Coffee Maker?

Although the name may sound exotic, a French Press Coffee Maker is just another way to make coffee.

It was created in 1929 by an Italian designer named Attilio Calimani. A typical French Press coffee maker or “coffee plunger” as it’s known in other countries enables you to create coffee a little bit differently than what you may be traditionally accustomed to.

Coffee is brewed by placing coarsely ground coffee in the empty beaker and adding hot—between 93–96 °C (199–205 °F)—water, in proportions of about 30 g (1.1 oz) of coffee grounds to 500 ml (17 US fl oz) of water, more or less to taste. The brewing time is about two to four minutes. Then the mesh plunger or piston is pressed, to separate the grounds and hold them at the bottom of the beaker. The mesh piston normally does not compress the coffee grounds, as most designs leave a generous space—about 30 mm (1.2 in)—below the piston in its lowest position. If the brewed coffee is allowed to remain in the beaker with the used grounds, the coffee may become astringent and bitter, though this is an effect that some users of the French press consider desirable.

A French press works best with coffee of a coarser grind than does a drip brew coffee filter, about the consistency of kosher salt.[3] Finer grounds, when immersed in water, have lower permeability, requiring an excessive amount of force to be applied by hand to lower the plunger and are more likely to seep through or around the perimeter of the press filter and into the coffee.[4] Additionally, finer grounds will tend to over-extract and cause the coffee to taste bitter.[3]

It is believed that the optimum time for brewing the coffee is around four minutes, and some consider the coffee spoiled after about 20 minutes.[5] Other approaches, such as cold-brewing, require several hours of contact between the water and the grounds to achieve the desired extraction.

You can find a basic French Press Coffee Maker at stores like Walmart for about $10. The good news about these coffee makers is that they add a different dimension to coffee and break up the monotony of drinking regular filtered or K-Cup brand coffee.

Is French Press Coffee Bad For You?

Like anything in life, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing and the same can be said about drinking French Press Coffee.

This type of coffee has more cafestol (creates (LDL) bad cholesterol in the body) than other traditional brands of coffee because you can’t filter the French Press coffee when you’re making it unless you use a mock filter like a paper towel.

If you enjoy a cup of French Press coffee on a daily basis just be sure to limit eating foods that high LDL levels like most grains, sugars, high fructose corn syrup and other man-made foods.

Eat plenty of organic foods, drink at least 8 glasses of water on a daily basis to keep your body flushed and you will be fine.



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