A French press, also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger or cafetière, is a simple filterless coffee brewing device. Like tea, the coffee grinds have direct contact with the water. Since there is no … see full wiki
You've got your lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, drips, and on and on and on. But this is my favorite method of preparing coffee.
We can get into all the details about water temperature, type of press pot, filter size, etc. But for brevity, I'm just going to keep it simple.
Press pots or french presses start out with a coarse grind of coffee beans. Each type of coffee needs a different grind size--espresso uses extra fine, drip (normal prep) uses fine and so on. French presses need a coarse grind. The result is bigger grinds, and you'll find out why in a second.
You take the grinds, and put it in the pot--about 2 tablespoons per 4oz. Then, you take boiling water and pour it on the grinds. Stir the grinds so that each grind can be in contact with the water. Then, you wait... roughly 2 minutes. After which, you take the plunger and push it down (slowly).
The filter at the bottom of the plunger pushes down the grinds, separating it from the brew. Now, if you had smaller grinds, it would pass right through... but since you read this review, you wouldn't have that problem.
The result is a thicker, fuller taste of coffee. You'll see some sediment (smaller grinds), but that's OK. It enhances the flavor.
Some like french pressed coffee plain and black. But for me, I like it with a lot of soy milk. It balances out the flavor of the coffee and gives it a creamy texture.
French pressed coffee also has a higher caffeine content. A 4oz cup of french pressed has more caffeine than an espresso... so this will keep you wired all day.