It was the Italian inventor Attilio Calimani and his fellow countryman Faliero Bondanini who redesigned and improved the today known French Press in the 20th century, Calimani patented his in 1929 and Bondanini in 1958.
The first big company entered the French Press business in the 70’s: the Danish table and kitchenware company Bodum. I have a review of a Bodum Coffee Press if you are interested.
But don’t forget to return to this post since you actually came here to get the right steps how to use a French Press that I will present you right now!
Brewing coffee in a French Press requires a coarse and even grind. If you don’t have a burr grinder you should consider getting one now.
It is crucial for the taste and thus a unique experience to not expose your coffee too long to the water.
So take out the timer or get one. It’s a small investment that makes a huge different.
The French Press is designed to brew for its full capacity.
When you press down the plunger with a full beaker of water and coffee, the space between the filter and the plunger is completely packed with the grounds and fewer sediments will sneak into your cup.
If you use less water and coffee, this space is not completely filled and thus, the grounds are not pressed. As a result, fine grounds can swim into your cup.
More sediments in your coffee are not only unpleasant, the additional extraction in your cup makes the coffee more bitter!
So to recap: Either you choose the size you are planning to use most often or just buy two different sizes; a small one for yourself and a big one for guests, for example.