Coffee has been a staple among civilization since Ethiopian ancestors first recognized the energizing effect that the native coffee plants had. Since then, hundreds of cultures and religious groups have used the hot beverage as not only a social bridge, but for its apparent “health benefits”. In modern times, coffee is looked upon as the crown jewel of society. It gives a nice boost of morning energy required for intense focusing. Need somewhere to hang with friends? Visit a local coffee shop. It can even provide a great solution to the somewhat awkwardness of casual dating. It’s hard to imagine a world without coffee.
Based on the title of this article, you can probably guess it’s about the French Press. The first coffee press (which was supposedly made in France), was first created by using a cheesecloth screen fitted to a rod. Then you would simply press the coffee into a pot of boiling water. The first patent on the coffee press was by Attilio Calimani, a Milanese designer, in 1929. It quickly became a hot commodity, gaining popularity and demand. The design itself was revised throughout the years, now consisting of a narrow, glass or plastic beaker, fitted with a lid and plunger, set inside a stainless steel wire or mesh filter. The French Press provides a truer coffee experience. You get to taste all the rich flavors and oils that you wouldn’t normally get through conventional, paper filtration methods. Coffee is also maintained at the perfect temperature through this fashion, giving a longer lasting enjoyment period.
But a French Press isn’t just for coffee. I know that sounds strange, but they can be utilized for much more than the. Here are a few unique things you can do with a French Press:
You either drink coffee or tea. Unless you were a fan of Sanka. Throw either some tea bags or loose tea, and plunge as usual.
With a mesh filter built into a French Press, this almost makes too much sense. Strain broths and various liquids by pressing, but avoid larger food products as these can shatter the beaker.
There’s nothing quite like frothy milk, so why not make it with your French Press? Add some milk and plunge up and down in a gentle fashion. This will cause the milk to froth up quickly. You can even make whipped cream in a pinch.
Another use for the mesh strainer is to infuse oils and liquor. Place your liquids into the press, and wait as it infuses.
If you’re not familiar with Quinoa, it’s a tiny grain. A very tiny grain. The fine mesh on the French Press enables you to properly rinse Quinoa without it slipping through other strainers and colanders.
I’m certain there are many other applications for a French Press. Get creative and try something different!