For those looking to up their coffee game from a standard drip brewer, the French press is a great, and easy to use, next step. Not only does a French press provide great results, it also brews coffee in less time than a traditional coffee machine.
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What are the Advantages of Using a French Press?
But what makes a French press so much better than a regular coffee machine?
Well, to start, a French press is an immersion brewer- that means that the coffee brewed is completely immersed in water. Immersion brewers are generally very good at producing an evenly extracted brew. The French Press also utilizes an integrated mesh filter, making it perfect for someone looking for a more eco-friendly brewing method by making paper coffee filters a thing of the past. A French Press is also fairly cheap (~ $30) and is actually very easy to use. Coffee produced from a French press also is high in antioxidants that some studies have found can have neurological benefits.
One of the downsides of a French press, which is keeping the brewing water at a hot enough temperature, can easily be circumvented by preheating all glassware and the press beforehand.
How Does a French Press Work?
The three main components will be a brew chamber, a lid with a spout, and a removable steel mesh filter attached to a plunger. This steel filter is what really separates the French press from a drip brewer because, while a paper filter will soak up most of the flavorful coffee oils, a steel filter allows all of it to pass into the cup.
The mesh filter has a 3 piece sub-assembly of a spiral plate/spreader on top, a filter in the middle, and a cross plate on bottom.
Ok, So How Do I Make Coffee with a French Press?
Here are 10 steps for making greatcoffee with a French Press:
Cleanup is thankfully a breeze with a French press. The first step of this is to dispose of the spent coffee grounds inside, which can either be dumped into the trash can, added to a compost bin, or even scattered over plants. It might not be a good idea to dump them straight down the kitchen sink though unless you have a garbage disposal.
Most French presses are completely dishwasher safe – just make sure to fully disassemble and separate the filter plates to ensure a quality clean.
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