Why you should press your coffee


July 20, 2011 – Whether it’s after a tiring or restful weekend, if you have an extra three to five minutes to spare during your Monday morning, I’d highly recommend preparing a delicious cup of French Press coffee to soothe yourself into the start of a hectic week.

French Press or Pot Press (I shall use these terms synonymously) coffee is actually the preferred preparation method of Starbucks.  Don’t believe me?  Next time you’re in a Starbucks, take a look at their wall menus.

Pot Press coffee may seem a bit intimidating at first, but after your first proper pressing, you’ll never go back.

Pot Press coffee is far simpler than you think.  Practice is definitely necessary, but with a few runs, you might just find Pot Press coffee easier than brewing a cup in a machine.

The Pot Press brewing device was first patented in 1929 by Italian Attilio Calimani.  Internationally known as one of the truest preparation forms of coffee, why pressing makes a delicious cup of coffee is largely due to the steeping and the lack of a filter, like those found in drip coffee makers.

In the Pot Press method, the coffee is allowed to steep in hot water, therefore releasing more flavours compared to the drip method where water is simply passed through the coffee.  Not to mention, the aromatic oils and sediments that occur naturally in coffee beans are not filtered out like in coffee makers.

Pot Press Seems Too Luxurious

A common stereotype of Pot Press coffee is that it’s too posh for the regular folk, but on the contrary, pressing your coffee is the budget saving and environmentally-friendly option.

–          a Pot Press is cheaper than a coffee machine

–          no electricity required

–          save on paper since there’s no filter

So the verdict is if you want a more flavourful cup of coffee in the morning and do your coffee beans justice, it’s time to start pressing!






Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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