Best French Press Under $50?

Brew Coffee the French Way

A French Press is a contraption device to brew coffee in an open-pot style with two parts, a narrow glass cylinder, also known as the “beaker” and a plunger with a lid on top and a mesh filter on the bottom. The brew is rich, heavy, full-bodied and aromatic.

The grind size is from medium to coarse depending on the coffee beans and your taste. Ideally, you should use a burr grinder to minimize friction and maximize the consistency of the grinds. Less heat and friction, more flavor and aroma from coffee as beans are not prone to oxidization during grinding. The uniformity of grinds reduce the grittiness in the brew and provides an even surface for water to be in contact for better extraction.

To start brewing, add a heaping tablespoon of ground coffee for every 4 ounces of water or adjust for more or less to suit your personal taste. Boil fresh water. Add enough boiling water to cover the grounds and stir the mixture very gently. Let it presoak for 30 seconds with the lid on. Add the rest of the water and cover it for 3-4 minutes to let it steep. Then push the plunger steadily and gently to the bottom of the beaker to force the grounds to the bottom while clarifying the coffee. It’s recommended to decant or filter the brewed coffee and serve.

Discard ground coffee and rinse the beaker. Disassemble the plunger and rinse each piece thoroughly and air dry.

Similar to a percolator, it’s easy to pack it for your road trips or for your morning coffee ritual at home. You can get a decent French Press for under $50 and more for a high-end one. The price difference is due to largely the design features such as a glass cylinder with a plastic frame, the same with a metal frame or one with insulation to the cylinder to keep the brew hot.



Bodum Chambord 8-Cup French Press Chrome

Bodum is the name in town when it comes to French Press. This unit has 34 fluid ounces in capacity. Depending on the cup size you use to serve with, it may mean 4-cups instead of 8.

The carafe is made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass and with stainless steel frame to add a touch of style and stability. The filter is a standard three-piece fair. All parts are dishwasher safe. It’s under $40. The Bodum Chambord received the American Culinary Institute’s award for best French press coffee maker. No wonder it’s so highly-rated as 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon by over 500 reviewers.



Nissan Thermo 34-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Coffee Press

The unique feature of this Nissan coffee press is the vacuum insulation that keeps coffee at 147 F for up to two hours. It too has a 34-ounce capacity size which is more suited for taking to the office or on the road. Nissan offers a five-year warranty and the mesh screen/filter is replaceable. For around $30, this is a good buy for yourself or someone else.



Frieling Polished Stainess French Press

The Frieling Stainless French Press has so many things going for it. First of all, it’s made of 18/10 stainless steel with mirror-finish outside and brushed finish inside. The mesh plunger is all stainless steel and dishwasher safe with the rest of it. I know this falls out of the price range I intended but it’s so classy and well-made.

Stainless steel is long revered for its beauty, low maintenance and durability. The carafe doubles up as a pitcher so there is no need to go through the trouble of pouring the coffee into another cup. Moreever, the double-walled design retains the heat four times longer than the glass counterpart. It can also be used for making tea and serve it hot o cold.

It comes with 23 or 36 ounce in size. And you’ll have to “plunge” more cash on this one for under $100. With the elegant design, you can brew and serve it right at the dinner table

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