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Who invented the French press?

What is the history of the French press? Who invented it? To that question, there isn’t a definitive answer.

Galla Coffee has the following to say.

The exact history and origin of the cafetiere is not clear. Both the French and the Italians lay claims to its invention. What is known is that the first cafetieres appeared in France in the 1850s. These coffee pots were made of metal and fitted with a metal screen attached to a rod. The metal screen would be plunged down, using the rod, forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot.

They then tell one story of how it was invented that involves an old man from Provence, France.

Roaste adds:

The first French Press…was patented in 1929 by the Milanese Attilio Calimani. In the 1930s the French Melior and Chambord introduced the first models with stainless steel filters and metal bodies. These brands where later bought by Bodum that still produces them today with the same brilliant original designs.

If you know any more history of the French press coffee maker, please comment below, and feel free to link to other sources.

Spiced Coffee Popsicles

I just found a recipe for spiced coffee popsicles that says to “Brew the coffee in a French press for about ten minutes.”

It involves coffee, sweetened condensed milk, cloves, and cinnamon. Sounds good.

That, and other recipes involving coffee, can be found here.

The New Bodum Bean 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker

The new 8-cup French press is a new design from Bodum. The carafe is made with temperature safe borosilicate glass and encased in plastic. The Bean features the precision pour. You can control the amount of coffee flow with the lever. The silicone gasket connecting the lid and the glass has an insulating effect, which helps maintain the heat and aroma of the coffee longer, and prevents spills. The Bean French press comes in eight colors, including red and green.

There are two models, the Bodum Bean 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker and the Bodum Bean 8-Cup Double Wall Thermal French Press Coffee Maker.

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Bodum Eileen French Press for Commercial Use in Restaurants & Cafes

Eileen, Bodum’s professional coffee maker, was conceived not only in honor of the great designer Eileen Gray but for all the coffee connoisseurs who frequent the bistros and cafés of Paris, Gray’s adopted city…Not only is the BODUM® EILEEN professional coffee maker one of the very few to meet their demanding requirements, but it is also specifically designed to withstand the exacting conditions of busy bistros and cafés.
Description from Bodum website

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While the popular Bodum Chambord is a great French press, it is not so great for use in a restaurant, cafe, or coffeehouse, as it is far too easy to break the glass. The Bodum Eileen is designed specifically for commercial use, and includes a stainless steel frame that surrounds the carafe.

For the price, you could also buy the Frieling stainless-steel French press, which has a steel carafe. There are a few reasons to consider the Eileen though. First, you may prefer coffee made in a glass carafe versus a steel carafe. In my experience, they do taste slightly different. Second, Eileen arguably has a nicer design.

If anyone has used this model, feedback is welcome. Also, are there any other models you’d recommend for commercial use?

How to Make a Cappuccino with a French Press

In my search for ‘french press’ articles, I came across this one at wikiHow. When they say make a cappuccino, they are not only talking about making the coffee with a French press. They suggest a method for frothing milk using a French press.

They say to heat the milk and pour into a French press. Then do the following:

Cover with the top/filter and pump up and down. The froth is created by pumping down into the milk and pumping up out of the milk while holding the top down. Continue pumping until desired froth is reached. Pour frothy milk over the espresso/coffee.

I’d rather use a milk frother if I were to attempt to make cappuccino milk without an espresso machine, but if you’d like an alternative, there you go.