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7 Advantages of French Press Coffee Makers

Paul's passion for making and consuming coffee goes back over 30 years. An extensive traveler, he currently lives in Florida.

This article lists and looks at seven positives of using French presses to make coffee beverages.

This article lists and looks at seven positives of using French presses to make coffee beverages.

The French press is my favorite type of brewing device. In my experience, these coffee makers produce the tastiest beverages, are convenient to use, and affordable to buy.

A French press can also be called a cafetière, caffettiera a stantuffo, cafetière à piston, coffee press, press pot, or coffee plunger. It depends to a large degree on which part of the world you are in.

Below are seven positives of using a French press to brew your coffee.

7 Benefits of Using a French Press to Make Coffee

Here are my advantages:

  1. Superior taste
  2. Affordable
  3. They last a lifetime (stainless steel models)
  4. Convenient and easy to use
  5. No paper filters required
  6. Compact
  7. Easy to clean

I will examine each advantage in more detail below:

1. Superior Taste

As far as flavor goes, most coffee experts agree that beverages made with a French press are the tastiest when compared with other types of makers. That's because none of the taste is being filtered out.

Much of the flavor of coffee resides in the oils and this isn't lost in the French press process. Smaller grounds also get into the coffee and percolate to provide additional taste. Lastly, the steeping process is simply more effective when it comes to providing flavor.

You can buy ready-ground coffee to use with your maker, although care should be taken that it is of a sufficiently coarse consistency. The finer coffee that's used in drip makers doesn't work properly if you try to use it with a French press.

I buy whole beans and grind them myself, which maximizes the quality of the taste, as well as giving me more control of the coffeemaking process.

2. Affordable

French presses are one of the least expensive coffee maker types available.

Typically, you can pick them up for somewhere between $15 and $30, although there are both cheaper and more expensive options available.

On top of that, you don't need to regularly buy extras, such as paper filters (see #5 below).

3. Stainless Steel Presses Last a Lifetime

Although the same can't be said for the glass models, a stainless steel French press is an extremely durable piece of equipment, in my experience.

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The simplicity of these devices also contributes to their durability. There are no electronics or complicated parts to go wrong.

4. Convenient and Easy to Use

Unlike with most electrical coffee makers, you don't need to consult a complicated instruction manual or program a French press. The process is extremely straightforward and, once you've got the hang of it, you can do it without thinking.

Essentially, you just add the appropriate amount of ground coffee, add some hot water, give it a stir, put the lid on, wait for five minutes, and then plunge.

Preheating the press before beginning the process can help to keep the temperature from fluctuating when you add the hot water, and some people believe that this improves the taste, but it's not vital in my opinion.

It's important never to use boiling water, as that can give the coffee a slightly bitter edge. Ideally, you should use water that's around 195°F, which is just below boiling point. If you don't have a thermometer, you can achieve this by allowing the boiling water to cool for around a minute once you've taken it off the stove.

5. No Paper Filters Required

One of the annoying things about drip coffee makers is that you need to keep buying and using paper filters. You can easily run out, or they get water damaged, or you just mislay them. This can be frustrating if you're desperate for your morning cup of coffee before you dash to work.

The problem is avoided with a French press. All you really need besides the maker is some coarsely ground coffee and hot water.

6. Compact

Whether it's sat on the counter, placed in the dishwasher, or stored away in a cupboard, a French press takes up very little space. This is a desirable feature for almost any device, but is especially useful for those have a smaller kitchen.

As well as my main one for general use, I also have a baby French press that I can put in my suitcase and take traveling with me. That way, as long as I'm staying somewhere that I can access hot water, I can always enjoy excellent coffee drinks.

7. Easy to Clean

All makers tend to become stained and sticky over time, due the nature of coffee and the oils it contains.

Unlike other types of coffee maker where the parts and components can be difficult to access for cleaning, everything is right there in front of you with a French press.

Usually the components, such as the plunger, come apart and the various pieces can be cleaned separately.

Which Type Is Best?

My own preference, gained through many years of experience, is that a stainless steel, thermal device is best.

  • The glass versions have a tendency to break. A stainless steel French press will endure almost indefinitely.
  • A thermal maker keeps the coffee hot, so you can make as much as you want, and take the device wherever you want in your house or office.
  • Stainless steel makers are easy to clean and very durable.

The main two downsides of stainless steel French presses is that they can sometimes be more expensive than the glass versions, and also, you can't see what's happening inside them like you can with a glass device.

The Secura French Press is my favorite coffee maker.

The Secura French Press is my favorite coffee maker.

My Recommendation

There are numerous options available. I personally use a Secura French press coffee maker. It offers exceptional value for money, in my opinion, and has never let me down.

This reasonably priced maker provides me with great tasting, hot coffee, wherever I wish to take it in the house. Over the years, it's proved itself to be a durable and easy to clean device.

Secura make them in a variety of sizes, I use the 17oz (half liter) version.

While it's certainly not the cheapest French press out there, it's not the most expensive either.

If you like to be able to see the coffee brewing, then you won't like this coffee maker, as it's constructed from stainless steel, but for me, this device is as close to perfect as possible.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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