The History of French Press (The Short Version)

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/06/21 •  6 min read
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So, how much do we know about the French Press? 

It ‘s originally French, it’s popular all over the world, you can create “cafe au lait” with it and use it for milk foaming, it’s produced quickly, satisfies numerous individuals, and it gets you caffeinated quickly.

After viewing this article you will be so well-versed in the French press that no one will be able to deflect your hold on it.

The Various Forms Throughout History

You may know it as a Cafetière, French Press, Coffee Press, Plunger Pot, Pusher or Chambord. These are all names for the same brewer which has been the focus of many inventions, under numerous names and from various origins.

A history course is required to better explain all of the fussing around the invention of this gadget.

The Origin of The Brilliant Design

A French Press, often called a cafetière, coffee press, or coffee brewing equipment, could be used for a variety of operations.

Paolini, an Italian, filed an invention for a tomato juice divider in 1922, and he came up with the thought of constructing a coffee pot with a press mechanism and a filtration. He gave his 1928 idea to the Italian designers Calimani and Moneta, who completed it in 1930.

The Beginning

In the early 1900s, a Parisian man was heating water to prepare his daily hot coffee; he discovered he hadn’t thrown the coffee grounds inside. He poured it in a metal container, he got it from an Italian trader who seemed to be traveling by, since this was the last coffee he had and he needed to store it for later consumption.

The Smart “Accident”

He had to use a spatula to press the metallic box down, over the grinds and water, to position it over the heating pan. Although he imagined it to be horrible, both guys agreed that it was the finest coffee they have ever really had!

The First Ever French Press

The Frenchmen Mayer and Delforge registered the very first model for this type of maker in 1852.

However, this was a simplified form of the resultant ideas developed at the time.

The Italians Calimani and Giulio designed the initial French Press that resembled what we have nowadays. Their concept is comparable to Mayer and Delforge’s models.

After The Fame of French Press

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Later, after years of refining the gadget, a Swiss man named Bondanini created the coffee press we currently recognized— glass container, circular handle, steel cover – in 1958. 

The gadget grew so famous that it was given the name Chambord by the business that manufactured it. It was manufactured by Chambord till 1991, when it was purchased by the Denmark business Bodum.

From France To The Whole World Market

How the French Press works

The French press is a coffee maker that uses a plunger to push hot water through ground coffee beans. The result is a rich, full-bodied cup of coffee. French presses come in different sizes, but all have the same basic design.

To make coffee with a French press, add coarsely ground coffee beans to the bottom of the press. Pour in hot water, stir the beans and water together, then put the plunger lid on top. Allow the coffee to steep for 3-5 minutes, then slowly push the plunger down until it hits the bottom of the pot. Serve immediately or pour into a thermal carafe to keep warm.

The French press has garnered a huge following because it is very simple to use, easy to clean and makes great coffee. With just three simple parts—coffee, water and a lid—this manual coffee maker creates coffee that many consider superior to the brew produced by automatic drip machines.

The plunger separates the beans from brewed coffee so they don’t become bitter or over-extracted. Compared to other methods of brewing, it also allows more oils and flavor from the ground up beans to come through in the final cup.

The French Press method beats out automatic drip brewers for several reasons:

* It’s simple! No need to wait until you have enough for a full pot before making your first cup.

* You control the strength of your coffee. How much water you use can change the flavor of your final cup.

* The only limit to how strong or weak you make your coffee is your willingness to experiment.

It’s also very easy to customise the flavor of the beans by adding nuts, fruits and spices to them before pressing.

Other Uses for the French Press

* You can use the French press in the same way you would to brew tea. Just fill it with boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes before plunging, then add honey or lemon to taste.

* The French press is also perfect for making iced coffee so you can enjoy your favorite French-style beverage anytime, anywhere. Follow the instructions above but instead of using hot water pour in cold brewed coffee over ice cubes. Stir in cream and sugar (if desired) and serve immediately.

* You could also froth milk using a French press to make a quick and easy café au lait. Frothed milk makes lattes and cappuccinos extra creamy and delicious. Add cold milk to the French press, froth it with an immersion blender or hand mixer, then pour into a cup and enjoy.

Last Thoughts

The French Press is a well-known piece of coffee gear on any kitchen counter. 

However, for specialty coffee enthusiasts, this fantastic coffee machine may serve as a beginning point.  Consider the French Press to be an entrance coffee brewing tool.

We hope that you learned some things about the history of the French Press and now you can also educate yourself and your friends about this topic.

This vintage machine may make excellent brews if managed correctly.

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Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.