This is a piston coffee maker developed by the French firm Melior in 1920. Since the 30s, these coffee makers have been spreading in Italy, and after World War II – in almost all European countries. The French press coffee maker is a convenient coffee pot, which is based on a heat-resistant, heat-saving narrow glass cylinder and piston, the lower part of which is connected to a mesh metal filter tightly fitting to the walls of the coffee pot, and the upper part passes through the lid. The process of making coffee in such devices is very simple: ground powder is put into the coffee maker, poured with hot water, infused for 4-5 minutes (more can be done – this is for an amateur). After that, the piston is smoothly lowered down, thus filtering the coffee (the coffee grounds remain collected at the bottom).
If you have been brewing coffee in a Turk all your adult life, then the French press is ideal for you. Coffee is poured with hot water (not boiling water, which is technologically more correct); the consumption of coffee is the same, but you do not need to stand at the stove and watch the preparation process.
The undoubted advantage of such a coffee maker is that it does not need electricity. Boiling water for her can be heated over a fire, spirit lamp, etc. That is, such a model is ideal for hikers, summer residents, and travel lovers. At the same time, the coffee maker weighs about 300 grams and is very compact.
Manufacturers claim that the bulb of this coffee maker has thermal insulation properties. The coffee maker is really capable of keeping coffee at an acceptable temperature for up to 1 hour. Replacement flasks are sold separately. (In principle, they do not beat more often than the flasks of conventional coffee makers.)
The French press compares favorably with the price of electric coffee makers. On average, this model, designed for 8 cups of coffee, costs about $ 13. This price corresponds to the “pirate” version of the simplest electric coffee maker on the Moscow home appliance markets. It is simply impossible to buy even the simplest “native” coffee maker in electronics stores for such a price (even taking into account all kinds of pre-holiday discounts). At the same time, the French press does not need additional filters and other “investment”.
The disadvantages of such models include at least the fact that you need to make coffee yourself (and not press the button of the coffee maker and go, for example, to wash off the remnants of sleep). However, it is not recommended to trust children to use such a coffee maker. Of course, there is no risk that he will forget to turn off the appliance. But you are dealing with hot water that must be poured directly into the jug. The hand will tremble – you will get a burn. An electric coffee maker can stand on for half a day, and nothing will happen to it (some are even equipped with an auto shut-off after 2-3 hours) – nothing threatens the health of children, and the French press is a “toy for adults.”
If you like espresso or cappuccino, then, of course, the “French press” will not help you. The taste of the drink is more reminiscent of drip coffee or Turkish coffee, but not as strong. At the same time, he is deprived of the grounds, for the sake of which many continue to brew coffee in a Turk.
Owners of the French press will always have to brew coffee just before drinking. Such models do not have a programming timer, no auto-heating, no thermos, which are equipped with modern drip coffee makers. You will not be able to choose the strength of the coffee (you need to experiment a lot to find the right proportions). Say what you like, but electronics make life much easier …