French Press Coffee PotNot only is a French press coffee pot a handy way for travelers to make coffee, it also makes a superior tasting and more aesthetically pleasing cup of coffee then a drip coffee maker. Because the brew is not filtered through paper, it retains more of its essential qualities. Pressed coffee has a decidedly richer taste and thicker consistency then that which you get from a machine.
A Little HistoryHistory can not clearly give France credit for this method brewing method. While it is true that they worked on developing a coffee maker similar to what is now known as a French press coffee pot, it was a Danish company, Bodum, that nearly single handedly popularized this brewing method. And while you do find quite a few homes in France equipped with a cafetière à piston as it is known, they are certainly just as popular in other places in the world. In fact, as far as kitchen equipment goes, these days, home espresso machines, such as Nespresso, are all the rage. I prefer the simplicity of the press however. It makes an excellent cup of coffee, complete with that brown foam known as bloom, that I have come to associate with a quality beverage. It is also fabulously inexpensive!
How to Use
The Travel MugEven if you're not ready to change over to using a press for your day to day coffee, you might like to try out a French press travel mug. These are smaller then a regular press, and the pot serves as a mug as well. Perfect size for one person. These fit easily in a suitcase and as long as you can get some boiling hot water you'll be set for a good cup in the morning. Never again hotel coffee for you! And some come equipped with a safety spout, so you can sip and move. A travel mug or even a larger French press coffee pot would also be great for car campers.
Other Uses for Your PressYou can use your French press coffee pot to brew loose leaf tea as well. The method is exactly the same as for brewing coffee. Whatever you're having, enjoy your brew! Return from
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