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Whole Bean Coffee 0

Whole Coffee Beans

Most coffee connoisseurs prefer to grind their own coffee beans. The flavor of freshly ground coffee beans is unmatched. Grinding the bean releases the aromatic and flavorful coffee oils that make each cup of coffee unique. Additionally, grinding your own coffee beans right before brewing means that the aromatic oils will have little chance to oxidize before you immerse the grounds in hot water, extracting them for your own enjoyment.

However, you cannot just buy any old bag of coffee beans and expect perfection. Buying from a gourmet coffee vendor like FrenchPressCoffee.com ensures that you get the freshest, premium beans in your bag of coffee beans. Our coffee beans are freshly roasted and quickly shipped to consumers so that the flavors remain full and delicious each and every time you open a bag.

For the highest-quality, award-winning coffee beans for your French Press or espresso machine, order from FrenchPressCoffee.com every time. Shop Whole Coffee Beans >>

Best 7 French Press Coffee Makers of 2016 0

French Press Coffee Makers

If you take a look at the variety of French Press Coffee Makers on the market, you’ll notice a wide array of options. French Presses come in a vast assortment of designs and styles and materials. Some makers advertise the uniqueness of their presses functional characteristics, touting the durability or convenience or quality of their designs.

Many advertise innovative proprietary features (complete with fancy technological names) as improvements on the old Coffee Press you know and love. With all the options out there, how do you decide which French Press Coffee Maker is best for you? Here are top 7 French Press Coffee Makers of 2016 for you to choose from.

1. Forlife Glass French Press Coffee Maker

Forlife Glass Coffee Press

If you need a coffee press for just your own coffee or a bigger one for several people, you can choose the smaller 16 ounce size or the larger 32 ounce press. Enjoy your both of your favorite hot beverages with this single, well-designed glass Forlife Glass French Press Coffee Maker.

Price: from $30.45

 2. Aeropress Coffee Press

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

With the AeroPress coffee maker, you'll be able to brew strong bold-tasting coffee under the perfect conditions - total immersion, quick filtering and the right temperature. In fact, coffee professionals and serious coffee enthusiasts have made the Aeropress Coffee Press one of the most popular coffee makers in the world.

Price: $29.95

 3. Espro Travel Press for Coffee and Tea

Espro Coffee and Tea Stainless Steel Travel Press

ESPRO Travel Press also offers a patented filtration system designed to stop extraction as soon as you push the press down. This state-of-the-art innovation lets you to savor a hot, fresh beverage at the very moment the craving hits you.

Price: from $34.95

 4. French Press Coffee Maker - Cafetiere by Aerolatte

Aerolatte French Press Coffee Maker

The French Press Cafetiere features an innovative water level gauge printed on the glass allows perfect precision control. Aerolatte French Press is easy to take apart and clean, and replacement parts are easily available in the event that the mesh or the beaker become lost or broken.

Price: from $19.99

 5. FORLIFE Ceramic French Press Coffee Maker

Forlife Ceramic French Press Coffee Maker

Simply made yet exceptionally functional, this ceramic French press coffee/tea maker is available in a variety of complementary colors and comes with a dishwasher-safe, stainless steel coffee plunger perfect for pressing the most savory coffee or tea you've ever tasted.

Price: $55.50

 6. The ESPRO Press - Insulated Stainless Steel French Press

The Espro French Press

The ESPRO Press brews coffee like a French Press with one exception - the micro-filter thoroughly separates the coffee you drink from the grinds you don't want to drink. All you need to do to enjoy deliciously robust, grit-free coffee in three minutes is preheat the ESPRO Press container, add your favorite coffee and water and voila!

Price: from $99.95

 7. Procizion French Press with Triple Filters

Procizion French Press Coffee Maker

Procizion French Press produces delicious coffee with no grounds in the cup. The three filters work perfectly, and the delicious coffee we brewed today is some of the best tasting we’ve had using a Procizion French Press.

Price: from $19.99


FRENCH PRESS COFFEE - BREW GUIDE AND TIPS

French Press CoffeeWhile French Press Coffee is the easiest, least expensive way to enjoy a gourmet cup of coffee, for those who are familiar with drip-style coffee makers or expensive one-cup brewers, the idea of measuring and grinding beans, and allowing the coffee grounds to float in the hot water seems kind of bizarre. That's okay! While the process may seem unfamiliar at first, we will walk you through the basic steps to creating the best coffee you have ever tasted ... read full guide » 

Here's the Smart Way to Clean Your French Press Coffee Maker 0

If you've been cleaning your French Press Coffee Maker with your hands, a spoon or other inappropriate item--stop! You're probably leaving behind clingy coffee oils that interfere with the way freshly brewed French Press Coffee should taste. Since a squeaky clean French Press is a happy French Press, here's a quick and easy way to keep your French Press Coffee Maker always feeling tinkled pink.

How to Clean a French Press in Four Easy Steps

  1. First, fill your French Press about half way with water. Using a fine mesh strainer, pour used grounds into the strainer and dump the grounds into the trash or compost them. We hope you haven't been pouring grinds down your sink or commode!
  2. Refill your now-empty French Press halfway with water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
  3. Grab the plunger and start moving the plunger up and down inside the carafe. This cleans the sides and gets rid of coffee oils.
  4. Pour out the dirty water and re-wash the carafe by repeating steps two and three.

Now reward yourself for working so hard by making a fresh, hot cup of delicious French Press Coffee. Shop French Press Coffee Makers »

DIY Homemade Whipped Cream in 60 Seconds 0

Here's a yummy whipped cream recipe that will have you dashing to your kitchen with visions of espresso (Espresso con panna, which means "espresso with cream") and whipped cream dancing in your head.

 

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream (Single Serving)

  • Start with one ounce of  fresh whipped cream (non-dairy or dairy works fine), a tall mug and your Aerolatte milk frother
  • Put heavy cream in your tall mug and start frothing
  • Stop frothing when the cream starts thickening
  • Add several drops of vanilla and powdered sugar to taste (start at one teaspoon of powdered sugar)
  • Start frothing again (but don't froth too much unless you want to make homemade butter!)

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Aerolatte Milk Frother - makes the most delicious cappucinos, lattes, milkshakes and hot chocolate 0

Aerolatte® Milk Frother will work with all grades of milk (fat-free, two percent, whole) using an 18/8 stainless steel whisk to give you the frothiest, most luscious milk you've ever seen (or tasted) in less than 20 seconds. So don't make your taste buds wait any longer -- get your aerolatte® Milk Frother today!

How to make French Press Style Coffee with Espro Travel Press 0

Learn how to make the best on the Go French Press-Style coffee regardless if you are camping, traveling or at home.

Gear:

Step by step instructions:

  1. Install filter by screwing onto rod. Use both filters.
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp/15-20 g coarse-ground coffee
  3. Add hot water to ‘MAX COFFEE’ line and stir
  4. Cover with filters. Twist drinking lid on to seal.
  5. Wait 4 minutes.
  6. Press down slowly. Twist travel lid in place.

If you love the clean, oil-free flavor of pour-over coffee, ESPRO includes paper filters that pair with the Travel Press’s coffee filters.* After step 1 above, follow steps 1A-1C below to insert a paper filter, then continue to step 2.

   1A. Separate filters with a twist.

   1B. Place paper filter between micro-filters.

   1C. Lock filters together then pre-wet filter set

Continue with step 2 above.

*Paper filters don’t work with the tea filters

5 Surprising Health Benefits of French Press Coffee 2

French Press Coffee Maker and Coffee Table

Experts have long praised the health benefits of coffee and tea for the cardiovascular system and neurological system. The French Press design allows raw grounds and leaves to be in contact with the water directly, instead of flowing through a paper filter. This allows the essential oils of coffee and tea to diffuse throughout the water, instead of being captured inside the paper filter. As a result, more of the good ingredients such as antioxidants and nutrients, end up in your coffee or tea, instead of just flavor.

1. Primarily, coffee contributes to overall health by being a powerful protectant on multiple organ systems.

Coffee brewed from a French Press is especially powerful. Coffee contains methylpyridinium, a powerful anticancer compound that has been shown to reduce the chances of certain cancers. French Press Coffee is rich in this compound and can help lower your chances of oral, pharyngeal and esophageal cancers.

2. Neurologically, coffee also contains lipophilic antioxidants and chlorogenic acid lactones, which protect neural synapses by strengthening neuronal cells.

Long term, this helps decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease and even dementia. These same antioxidants also protect your cardiovascular system, rich with muscle fiber and important neurons. French Press coffee is the richest coffee with these important building blocks of the human neurological system. Hepatically, coffee also helps cirrhosis sufferers by helping to prevent hepatocellular carcinoma. While the exact mechanism is currently unknown in medical science, French Press coffee not only protects your continued health but also helps your body rebuild from damage.

Cardiovascular Health

3. Coffee has been shown to decrease reaction time and improve short-term recall.

French Press coffee is the perfect antioxidant rich solution to help aid concentration and recall in the morning. Over long periods of time, coffee in general has been shown to help protect the mind from Alzheimer’s and even gradual cognitive aging we all experience.

French Press Coffee Grounds Bloom

4. Coffee, especially in its purest form (French Press-brewed coffee), also reduces the incidence of gout, reduces dental cavities due to tannins and even reduces Type II diabetes.

Naturally, the caffeine in coffee also comes with additional benefits. Even over the counter drugs contain caffeine because of its beneficial effect on the human body’s perception of pain. Caffeine in migraine and headache medicine helps sufferers cope with inflammation and fatigue.

5. French Press coffee drinkers praise this method of brewing because of its superior taste and drinking quality, especially when made with an even coarse blend.

When you drink coffee that’s been brewed with a French Press, you’re getting the full taste of the coffee as nature intended- pure. French Press coffee brewing is also more earth-friendly. You don’t have to process your coffee through bleached filters (which may have unknown health consequences after long term use) and there’s absolutely no waste (you can use your coffee grounds as fertilizer in your garden). Overall, you also require fewer grounds to achieve the same taste for the same size of brew. French Press coffee is definitely the best way to drink your favorite coffee blend.

French Press Coffee Maker and Mug

Fact: A French press, also known as a cafetière, сafetière à piston, Cafeteria, press pot, coffee press, or coffee plunger, is a coffee brewing device patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929.

For more info, please read: Mayo Clinic, NPR, Wikipedia

How to make perfect French Press Coffee at Home 2

Bottom line: French Press Coffee takes a bit more work than some other brewing methods, but we're sure that you will agree that it's worth it.

Gear we use:
Fact: A French press, also known as a cafetière, сafetière à piston, Cafeteria, press pot, coffee press, or coffee plunger, is a coffee brewing device patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929.

For more info, please read: Wikipedia, How to Brew Coffee.com

HOWTO GUIDES, CARE & TIPS

10 Reasons to Switch to a French Press for Coffee 0

Still dealing with an electricity hogging, inelegant and messy coffee maker? Make the switch to a French Press and you’ll never look back. French Press Coffee tastes better, is easier to prepare and won’t add a dime to your electric bill. Still not convinced? Read on for some great reasons to make the switch to a French press today:

1. Your coffee will taste better: When you make coffee in a French press, you are introducing the boiling water directly to the beans--no need to wait for it to filter through a little at a time. The hotter the water, the better the finished brew will be.

2. Make exactly the amount you need: Single cup coffee makers are a popular concept, but what happens when you want to make coffee for two--or a jumbo to-go cup for yourself? You have to keep brewing single cups. When you use a French press, it is easy to make a single cup or multiple cups at a time, simply by adjusting the water and coffee amounts.

3. Skip the acid: If you have acid reflux or are prone to stomach pains after drinking coffee, chances are your hot-brewed cup is just too acidic for you. Cold brew your coffee in a French press instead. Cold brewed coffee is much lower in acid, and won’t upset your stomach the way traditionally brewed coffee can.

4. Make a cup of tea: You can’t make a cup of tea using a traditional coffee maker--the resulting brew will be terribly bitter, since the leaves will steep too long. Tea can be made in a French Press Coffee Maker in three minutes or less, for a flavorful cup without a hint of bitterness. 

5. Cut your electric bill: Even something as small as a coffee maker can increase your electric bill. Leave the maker plugged in around the clock and it will constantly drain electricity, just like a dripping faucet.

6. Go green: Using an electricity-free tool to prepare your daily coffee is green--but doing away with paper filters and packaging is even greener. A French press doesn’t require a paper filter or pod to make great coffee.

7. Use less coffee: Since the water can circulate fully around the ground coffee, you’ll need to use less of it to get a robust cup each morning.

8. Create less waste: You find that just brewing the amount you need instead of a whole pot means you are wasting a lot less coffee. How many times have you had to pour coffee down the drain because you prepared more than you need? A Thanks to the French press’s petite size, you won’t have as much waste.

9. Don’t panic: Caffeine addicted? You won’t have to panic if your electricity goes out--just boil water on the grill and make coffee in your French press. No grill? Make a cold brewed pot and enjoy iced coffee instead. 

10. Get crafty: You can use a French Press to tea dye textiles--just prepare the tea as usual and immerse small amounts of cotton cloth. Remove when the cloth is the color you like and use as desired. Try doing something so crafty with an electric coffee pot and you’ll end up with a huge mess on your hands!