Best coffee to use with a French Press
French and Italian have argued about the origins of the coffee brewer for centuries. Although two French men, Mayer and Delforge filed a patent in 1852 for a cafetière-like device, there is no proof that it worked. Therefore, the first patent of the coffee brewer as we know it today came from the Italians Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1928. Nowadays, the French press is a recognised element on the family breakfast table as well as on the shelves of a speciality coffee aficionado. But do you know if you’re using the right blend with your cafetière?
Today, cafetières are celebrated for its ease of use, the rich brews they provide, and a certain flair that the brewer has kept throughout the times of its design development. The final flavour of your coffee depends on many factors, but most importantly, your choice of coffee beans.
The French press needs a medium to coarse grind. In theory, you can use any bean in a French press. However, expert baristas prefer to use a medium or dark-roasted bean. That’s because these roasts retain the most oils, leading to a better tasting and a more flavourful brew. Most commercial grinders that are used in barista houses have a small icon with a French press on it that will give you the coarse grind you need.
On a day to day basis, most of us simply use a bag of ready-ground coffee because of its convenience. There’s nothing wrong with it, you can find a wide range of good-quality and delicious and ground coffees on the market but if you want to get the maximum intensity and subtle flavours out of your brew, grind your beans yourself. Another option is to buy your coffee beans regularly at a specialised local coffee shop and ask them to grind the beans for you.
The problem with pre-ground coffee is that the products you’ll find in your local grocery store are usually ground much too fine for a cafetière. Finely ground coffee tends to pass through mesh filters, leaving an undesirable residue in your coffee cup.
Next time you need to buy some coffee beans for your French Press don't forget to consider its freshness and to look for a coarse grind. Most importantly, have fun trying different blends until you discover the one that makes your taste buds tingle!