French Press Brewing Guide

Over the years, the French press has undergone several design modifications. The first coffee press, which may have been made in France, was the modern coffee press in its rudimentary form—a metal or cheesecloth screen fitted to a rod that users would press into a pot of boiling water. The coffee press was patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. It underwent several design modifications through Faliero Bondanini, who patented his own version in 1958 and began manufacturing it in a French clarinet factory called Martin SA under the brand name "Melior".

The device was further popularized across Europe by a British company by the name of Household Articles Ltd. and the Danish tableware and kitchenware company Bodum. The modern French press consists of a narrow cylindrical beaker, usually made of glass or clear plastic, equipped with a metal or plastic lid and plunger that fits tightly in the cylinder and has a fine stainless steel wire or nylon mesh filter.

  1. Warm up the French Press by rinsing it with very hot water
  2. Discard hot water
  3. Measure out 57 grams of coarsely ground coffee (1.65 grams of coffee per ounce of water)
  4. Add coffee to empty press
  5. Start your timer as soon as you add hot water
  6. Fill it up halfway to the top saturating all the grounds, making sure that there are no dry spots
  7. At 1 minute, break the top layer and give it a good stir
  8. Now, Fill it all the way to the top with water
  9. Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down
  10. At 4 minutes, you are ready to press. Firmly push the press all the way down
  11. Serve and enjoy