The Best French Press Coffee Makers

Reviewed by our expert Cristian Guasch | Updated: November 22, 2020

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French press coffee makers are known for providing the best tasting coffee. This is because they do not involve a slow drip or excessive heating of the coffee grounds, which can ruin taste. For many a French press is the only way to make coffee because of its superior taste.

Bodum Chambord 12-Ounce Coffee Press

Bodum is the original maker of the French press coffee maker and the design is still pretty much the same as the original.

The Bodum Chambord 12-Ounce Coffee Press brews 12 ounces of coffee while retaining the fresh flavor.

It features a chrome plated brass frame, making it sturdy and an easy to clean glass carafe.

The press mechanism is stainless steel and all parts are dishwasher safe.

Pros

This French press does a wonderful job of retaining the flavor of the beans, according to consumers. There is no filter needed with a French press, which is a big money saver.

Consumers appreciated the beautiful design of the press and that it is very durable. Cleaning the press is simple, too, which consumers appreciated.

Cons

The only complaint that consumers had about the press is regarding the amount of coffee it brews. It can be a little misleading to say it brews 3 cups of coffee, as many descriptions of the press say, because it only brews 12 ounces, which is 3 French sized cups.

Overall, the Bodum Chambord 12-Ounce Coffee Press is a well designed French press coffee maker. It is built to last and is easy to use and clean. The size may be the only drawback for some consumers.

LaCafetiere Verona 3 Cup Coffee Press

The LaCafetiere Verona 3 Cup Coffee Press has a classic style with a polymeric casing and a stainless steel plunger.

It holds up to 12 ounces of coffee and all parts are dishwasher safe.

Pros

This coffee press impressed consumers with the rich, smooth tasting coffee it makes. Consumers also liked that it is easy to clean. The coffee press is sturdy made and the plunger moves smoothly and is comfortable to operate.

Cons

The main complaint consumers had about the coffee press is that it takes some practice to operate it and keep grounds out of the coffee. Another concern was that in most sales literature about this coffee press it is said to make 3 cups, but it really only make 12 ounces.

The LaCafetiere Verona 3 Cup Coffee Press is well made and fairly easy to use. It should make a great French press coffee maker for anyone with a small learning curve needed to get the best results.

Bonjour 8 Cup Maximus French Press Copper

The Bonjour 8 Cup Maximus French Press Copper has many features to make it easy to use.

This French press coffee maker has a patented flavor lock filter system that helps retain fresh taste flavor and a filtering lid that will remove any grounds left behind in the coffee.

The borosilicate glass carafe is designed to be durable and retain heat.

Pros

Consumers really liked this product. They were happy with the flavor lock feature and the filtering lid which helped to produce the best French press coffee. They also like that it is easy to clean.

Cons

Consumers really had no major complaints about this French coffee press.

The Bonjour 8 Cup Maximus French Press Copper may be the best choice for someone buying their first French press coffee maker.

The technology in the design make it simple to avoid the common problem of grounds in the coffee.

This coffee maker also is a larger size that many others on the market, which is great for those who like more coffee at one time instead of having to keep making more.

How to use the french press

This is how to use the french press

Making coffee in the french press is easier than making it in a carafe, with the difference, that it is easier to sieve, as it needs no separate strainer.

Even though the best grind of coffee is medium ground, finer grounds can be used resulting in a shorter brewing time, this should then not exceed 3 minutes.

Cleaning the french press afterwards takes bit of time. But this should still be done after every use as the coffee oils have the tendency to go rancid and would spoil the next brew.

As there is quite an array of French press pots for sale, it can be quite an ordeal to choose the right one. My advice is to first decide on the right size, as there really is no point in buying a small pot when you need to serve coffee to bigger audience.

The second decision is the quality. Here you have to know that cheaper makes often use inferior quality sieves, which have a tendency to curl and fray, these makes don’t always allow you to order spare parts like sieves. For a few dollars more you often get a better designed coffee pot.

Learn how to use the french press going by these 5 steps:

  1. To keep the coffee warm it is best to warm the glass pos beforehand by filling it with hot water. Let it warm the pot then pour the water away(or reuse it to make the coffee).
  2. Now take the hot pot (be careful not to burn your fingers!) and dry it. Put in the right amount of coffee grind. This calculated using 10 tbsp per 33 fl oz.
  3. Now pour over the hot water (just below boiling point). Stir the mixture with a long spoon. Please note: freshly ground coffee is harder to stir, as it does not easily soak in the water.
  4. Once the all the grind is stirred in you can put the plunger on the pot, but wait! Wait for about 4 minutes to give the coffee a chance to brew. ( 3 minutes for the fine grind) Once the time is up, hold the pot by the handle with one hand and with the other hand slowly push the plunger down.
  5. The coffee should be served almost straight away.
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