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History of the French Press

One of the more common ways to spruce up your morning cup at home, this means of brewing goes by several names - the plunger, cafetière, press pot, plunger pot and of course, French Press. But why do we like it? Perhaps because it brings a feeling of café life into your home or that fact that it makes a rich, full-bodied brew. In fact, it's so common that one would perhaps not recognise it as a specialty coffee brewer. However, let's have a look at the history of this famous brewing method, and maybe we might look at it in a different light.



A (very) Brief History Of The Cafetière


It's generally accepted that the first rough design was done in France circa 1852. This design was however, without a seal inside the carafe. This design was later refined and patented in Italy between 1929 and 1933. Finally, the design we all know and love - glass vessel, round handle, steel lid - was perfected by a Swiss gentleman in 1958. And this classic design of heat-resistant glass, bakelite plastic handle and chrome finishing then spread like wild fire into the mainstream coffee world. Nowadays several variations of the French Press can be found; ceramic and steel beakers - but the main design has always endured.


But enough about history for now. Let's get into the nuts and bolts of classic brewing method!