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    Want to start shunning coffee shop prices and make your own morning brews at home? Do coffee machines seem a bit large/overpriced/complicated for what you need? A cafetière could help you take things back to basics, yet produce a quality brew time and time again.

    Or perhaps you want to make your coffee in a green, eco-friendly way which won’t only keep your costs down but also means you’re doing your bit for the planet, with no waste produced.

    More goes into choosing the best cafetière for you than you’d think, including how much coffee you need to make and how long it will need to be kept warm for.

    We have found ten of the best French Presses on the UK market and reviewed how well they perform to make your decision easier.

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    The Best Cafetière/French Press

    Cafetière/French Press Buying Guide

    What is a cafetière?

    It is a coffee brewing device which combines ground coffee with hot water and allows it to blend, before being served. Most allow the coffee to stay warm for a certain time period.

    They don’t require any electricity or extra appliances to work, so are a popular choice for anyone looking to save energy and money, as well as anybody looking for a device which they can take on holiday or camping etc.

    How to use a French Press

    Pour the ground coffee into the bottom of the cafetière (usually around one spoonful per cup), and then pour hot water over the top. After about four minutes (or the recommended time), press down on the plunger, so the mesh/filter separates all of the coffee grounds from the rest of the water for a smooth brew.

    The grounds will be held at the bottom of the jug, but not compressed which is important as not to release any bitter taste.

    Coffee will stay warm for an amount of time in the jug. This can be anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour but is if it held too long it could become bitter.

    Price

    The price of cafetières can vary widely, from around £10 to over £100.

    There isn’t much difference in the way they operate to change the price. To find the best one for you, look out for how many cups it will prepare, how long it keeps the drink warm and also how well the mesh/filter works.

    The price may increase for more well-known brands, or for larger/more substantial models, so think about how often you’ll be using it and your lifestyle.

    FAQs

    What is the difference between a cafetière and a French Press?

    There is no difference; they are just interchangeable terms. You may also see them referred to as a press pot, coffee press or coffee plunger.

    The name cafetière comes from the French “cafetière à piston”, and is the name most commonly used in the UK and Europe. It is most commonly referred to as a French Press in the USA and Canada.

    Most companies will choose one version to market their products over another. Bodum has registered ‘FrenchPress’ as a trademark in certain parts of the world, as the original inventors of the product, for instance.

    What is the best coffee for a cafetière?

    All coffee presses require ground coffee to work and blend with the boiling water. Most users recommend that you use a slightly coarse grind, as a fine blend may leave sediment behind if it can get through the filter.

    Pre-prepared ground coffee usually states if it is suitable for a coffee press or whether it is just for machines. If you want to grind your own coffee, you may like to experiment to see which works best in terms of flavour and texture.

    Grind size is an important factor to consider when giving coffee-related gifts, such as coffee advent calendars. After all, you don’t want the giftee blaming you for ruining their favourite cafetière!

    What is the best temperature for the water?

    Most manufacturers recommend between 93–96 °C. This won’t only be suitable for the jug, but will also provide the best taste for the coffee. It needs to be warm in order to blend, but too close to boiling point, and it can damage the taste of the coffee.

    How do I clean a cafetière?

    Most can be cleaned by hand in warm soapy water and rinsed well. You may have to take some of the cafetière apart in order to achieve a full clean, such as removing a glass container from the outer stainless steel sleeve.

    There are some models, in particular the fully stainless steel ones, which are dishwasher safe. If yours is particularly delicate or breakable, dishwasher cleaning may not be the best option.

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