The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right French Press

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Apurva Sethi
Apurva is a fashion and food enthusiast. She chose fashion as her career and food as her passion. She is greatly fond of trying out new cuisines at different places and making them at home, in her own style. She also loves to seek and learn new things about the food industry constantly. So, here she is, to share her easy-peasy ways of cooking.

Since you’re reading this, it is highly likely that you are a massive fan of coffee. You know that morning punch of caffeine that kick starts your day and keeps you going till evening? Well, being able to make your coffee at home or in the office can add a lot of convenience to your life while saving you money. While coffee makers might be all the rage in the coffee equipment market, a French Press provides a cheaper and more cost-effective way to make your favorite brew.

Some call it a press pot or a coffee press, but this tool can be an excellent investment for any coffee lover despite the name. It lets you make your flavorful coffee using the French Press method, which preserves the delicious natural oils. These give the drink a rich taste and flavor. You will also not need any paper filters, and the device is easy to use and carry with you around.

But then again, not all French Press machines on the market are the same. Considering the numerous options available, choosing an excellent French Press can be a challenging undertaking. If you’ve decided to buy a French Press for the first or consecutive time, this article is meant to make it less daunting for you. Here’s a brief guide to choosing the right French Press for your needs.

1) Think about Your Usage Needs 

So, you intend to buy a French Press, the first question to ask yourself is where or how you will be using your coffee maker. While some are designed for use in the office, some are created with an outdoor enthusiast in mind. If you look at this page on Twisted Goat Coffee, you will discover various French Press options to suit different needs.

Whether you are a regular traveler, a road warrior, or a camping enthusiast, you will want a French Press that suits your needs. For instance, travelers do best with durable and more portable machines, whereas road warriors may better appreciate French Press travel mugs. On the other hand, stainless steel and glass French Presses are more appropriate for the kitchen or break room in your office.

2) Consider Size 

One of the most important things to consider when buying a French press is its brewing capacity. In other words, how much of a coffee consumer are you? How many people will be using the French Press? Well, the right size for you will depend on your coffee consumption needs. In this case, most French Presses on the market are created to make 3 cups, 8 cups, or 12 cups of coffee. Each mug is 4 ounces. Capacity may also be indicated in liters, but more significant could be better if portability and space are not an issue in a nutshell.  

3) Style and Design

French Press machines come in a wide range of shapes, including classic stainless steel and fancy colored plastics. If you are buying it for use in your kitchen or office, you may want to consider if the French press design and color match the rest of the décor. The same case may also apply relatively to outdoor enthusiasts who’d like to brew their coffee while out there in nature.

4) The Main Components 

French press machines comprise several tiny parts. However, the three main parts are the carafe, the plunger, and the lid. These should be considered before making your purchase.

1) Carafe 

The carafe is the component that holds the coffee and water. After brewing coffee, the drink is poured out through a small spout or “mouth” at one end of the component. Common carafes are made using stainless steel, tempered glass, or plastic, each of which has its own merits and demerits. For instance, glass is fragile but looks excellent and doesn’t affect coffee quality like plastic would. On the other hand, stainless steel is more durable but doesn’t allow you to see through as you brew your coffee.

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2) Plunger 

This is the part with a handle that forces your coffee grounds down through the filters. When buying a French press, find out if the filter edges are plastic or metallic. The former degrades easily and is less durable than the latter.

3) The Lid 

Lastly, the lid quality can also affect your coffee brewing process. High-quality French presses often have a guarded lid that blocks heat from escaping through the carafe spout. You have to twist the guard to open the spout when pouring coffee from your French press carafe.

As a final word of advice, you will also want to consider the brand quality and reputation. Some brands provided a longer warranty than the others. In most cases, high-quality French Presses are more expensive, but a high price tag is not always a guarantee for reliability.

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