French press

Topic overview

A French press, also known as a cafetière, coffee press or coffee plunger, is a coffee pot used to brew coffee. The resulting coffee dregs are pushed to the bottom using a plunger attached to the lid of the French press. Unlike filter coffee, this method retains the essential oils in the coffee, which end up in your cup, making the aroma more complex and richer than with classic filter coffee. The French press uses an “immersion method” and not a “pour over” method with hot water.