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The French Press Coffee Maker

Updated on June 8, 2013

first coffee

A morning without coffee is a morning to stay in bed. Do not give me a decaffinated substitute, only a delicious, dark, organic, fair trade, caffeine loaded coffee will do.

My day begins early, around six, and one of the first things that I do after the alarm goes off, is to head downstairs to the kitchen to make our morning coffee. The first step is tot turn on the stove, and place the kettle, that I filled last night with water, on the burner, and then decide which bean to use, We always have French roast, Italian Roast and Espresso beans.

Once that decision is made, it is time to grind them. I enjoy this morning ritual and the grinding is an important part.

I am still using a Braun grinder that we bough nearly 20 years ago and have used almost every day since, except when we are away. It is light and could be placed in my backpack for travel, sure would be better than the hotel and motel coffee that I have consumed far too many times.

It only takes a few seconds to grind the beans, and when you grind your own you have some control over the strength of your morning brew. Grinding the beans and brewing your own coffee, not only, makes for a better cup of coffee, but will save you a few bucks each month.

Of course I do not add anything to my coffee, been drinking it that way since my university days.

The coffee we but comes from Halifax, Nova Scotia company called JustUs. They sell organic, fair trade coffees that make some of the best coffee I have tasted. I figure if I am going to get up a bit earlier each morning just to make a good cup of coffee for us then I am going to use the best coffee I can get, at a price that I am willing and can afford to pay. The fair trade is also a strong selling point.

I feel good knowing that the coffee producer, the Grower I mean, is getting a fair price for the product that brings that morning smile.

As important as the choice of bean is, the selection of a machine to make our morning coffee is just as vital.

For the past 25 years, maybe more we have been using a French press. A French press is a round glass container that is equipped with a lid and a "plunger". The plunger and lid are made from plastic or metal and fits tightly in the cylinder and which has a fine wire or nylon mesh acting as a filter.

You brew the coffee by adding the ground coffee into the cylinder, pouring in the water, waiting for I usually wait 5-8 minutes and then depressing the plunger to trap the coffee grinds at the bottom of the jug.

Next pour and enjoy. This process does not take than the auto drip methodbut hey process is everything. Usually I listen to the morning news during this time and do a few stretching exercises.

Our first and second French presses were Bodums. We bough the second because I broke the first after three years of use, when I banged the bottom of the pot on the kitchen sink.

Our third model is also a Bodum. One thing that has change over the years since we purchased our first French press is the ability to find them. The first one was bought in Torontoand when we moved north it was very difficult to find another after this one broke. During that period I checked out a few other machinesand while they may have produced the end result, coffee, quicker, the quality just was not there.

For us, there is no other way to make that oh so important first coffee of the day.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have done that more than once.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    10 years ago from MA, USA

    LOL, a tea pot is a must too, especially after I burnt mine up last night while I was upstairs hubbing. I did something I always taught my kids never to do! Stay downstairs when you put the stove or oven on. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, now how about a tea pot? :)

  • Dottie1 profile image


    10 years ago from MA, USA

    You've convinced me that the French Press is a must have. Thank you!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • profile image 

    10 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA

    Nice hub! I love French presses. Incredibly fast, relatively cheap, easy to use . . . and great tasting coffee too.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy the hub helped,enjoy.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I have looked at these devices several times and now I know how to use one, because of this Hub. I will now seriously consider purchasing one.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    I do recommend grinding your own beans, it makes a quality difference, thanks for coming by.

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    Susan Keeping 

    10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Excellent hub Bob. I love my morning coffee too. I used a French press for a few years (mine was a Bodum too)...I really don't know why I got away from it. Anyway, my coffee maker needs replacing soon so maybe I'll go back.

    So, you really recommend grinding your own coffee rather than buying it already ground?

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Mariesue, if you appreciate coffee then the french press is a must have.

    NY, go for it, another perspetive is always welcome and thanks.

  • NYLady profile image


    10 years ago from White Plains, NY


    I seriously was thinking this morning that I should write a hub about the French press, one of my favorite all-time household items. You beat me to the punch, and did a great job! Nice hub.

  • marisuewrites profile image


    10 years ago from USA

    I've got to get one of these! I've had coffee with a french press and it's so smooth tasting, of course the great qualities of beans are needed but I'm convinced this is the way to go!! =)) good hub!


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