If you’re a coffee lover, you’re probably always looking for a new brew and coffee to try. Or, for anyone new to the coffee world or set in their ways, you might be seeking a different but easy way of brewing delicious coffee. 

That’s where the French press comes in. This excellent coffee brewing device makes a fresh brew in no time, with little hassle. So, whether you’re new to trying French press or you’re a coffee master, you’ll no doubt brew a perfect cup of coffee every time. 

For anyone wondering how long it takes to steep French press coffee, what the best method of preparation is, and how the French press was invented, read on to learn about this versatile coffee maker. 

What Is French Press Coffee?

French press coffee, known as a cafetiere, press pot, or coffee press in other areas of the world, is a coffee brewing device. French press coffee is specifically brewed in the French press device.    

The device contains a cylindrical coffee pot, usually made of glass; a press action plunger; and a built-in filter. This filter usually doesn’t need changing since it’s made of metal or plastic instead of paper. It’s crucial that after you finish making your coffee, you empty your pot and clean it thoroughly. 

Who Invented the French Press?

While there are stories of this brew method being invented in France in the 1800s, the French press was officially invented in 1923 by Italian inventor Ugo Paolini. He was developing an entirely different invention when he came up with the idea for a coffee maker. The patent was filed, but the design itself wasn’t made and finalized until 1929 by Italian designers Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta.   

This interesting invention wasn’t even intended to be for coffee at first. In classic Italian fashion, it was first intended for tomato juice extraction.   

Now, the French press is enjoyed by millions as an easy-to-use coffee machine that requires no electricity or heating over the stove. The only heat you need is from the hot water, and the device traps the heat to brew the coffee just right. 

Does French Press Coffee Taste Different Than Espresso?

If you’re wondering if French press coffee is better than espresso, the answer is not a simple yes or no. It depends on your personal preference. A French press makes black coffee, and you determine how diluted you want the coffee to be. 

Espresso, meanwhile, is just a single shot of coffee and is very concentrated. That’s why espresso is often made and served in small quantities and is often diluted with frothed milk to make a latte. 

Both French press and espresso are healthy for you, as a regular amount of caffeine can help with regulation and get you through your day. 

Can I Make French Press Coffee At Home?

Look no further than the French press for cafe-style coffee in the comfort of your own home. Its versatility and functionality work for anyone who is on the go and looking for a premium cup of joe. 

If you want to make French press coffee at home, it’s easier than you think. All you need is freshly ground coffee, hot water, a French press, and a mug to pour it in. 

Freshly ground coffee is so important to a well-brewed cup. Those with a coffee obsession already know the value of a daily grind and the vast taste difference it makes. But for those newly initiated, grinding your beans at home is easier than it seems! 

It can be a very relaxing process and part of your morning routine. For best results, buy whole beans. We offer a wide selection of organic, fair-trade whole bean coffee in a range of flavour profiles and roasts. 

How to Make French Press Coffee

To make French press coffee, first, have some freshly ground beans ready. The grind is arguably the secret to perfect coffee. Grind your coffee to a medium consistency, as a coarse grind can clog the filter, and a finer grind will pass through the filter and muddy the beverage. Opt for a medium or dark roast, but any roast that suits your taste will do. 

Add in however much coffee works for you. Usually, in a medium-sized French press, two heaping tablespoons will be enough for a single cup. For different-sized French press machines, refer to the instructions on the packaging. Then, heat water in a kettle. 

The water should be brought to a full boil and poured when just off the boil - at about 98 degrees celsius. Pour the hot water into the vessel, then gently stir the hot water and coffee together. 

Then, place the plunger on top, but don’t press down just yet. The hot water and coffee need time to mingle. will slowly brew, and the hot water will bring out the deliciousness and richness of the beans. 

How Long Do I Steep French Press Coffee? 

The perfect time to steep French press coffee is around 3 to 4 minutes. After this time has passed, depending on your brew, you’re ready for the final step of making French press coffee. 

Press the plunger down slowly, exerting steady pressure. After you’ve pressed as far as you can go, you’ll notice the coffee has passed through your filter, and the grounds have now separated from the liquid. The liquid at the top is the finished product, which you can pour into your mug to enjoy a delicious brew!


We hope learning about the French press will help you get started on your coffee obsession! You can press like one of the pros; all it takes is some coffee, hot water, and a French press.   

It’s easily one of the most accessible hot coffee brewing devices out there. While it requires a bit of patience to get that coffee grind just right, the result of the French press is a stunning cup of coffee.  

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, why not pick out one of the delicious roasts from our selection? For coffee lovers who want to try something new, we even have a Surprise Me mystery box in our shop where we randomly select a coffee for you! 

Plus, the coffee is delivered straight to your mailbox, making your daily coffee routine easier than ever.

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