The best French press coffee makers for 2020: Frieling, Oxo, Bodum and more

So far as espresso makers go, French press brewers are comparatively easy to function. Even so, espresso made on this model is amazingly wealthy and complicated. As a matter of reality this model of joe is nearly as concentrated as cold-brew or espresso. And if made correctly, a French press can produce pots to match what comes out of the best drip coffee makers.

These brewers additionally are available a myriad of shapes and designs, so selecting one is difficult. Luckily for you, I’ve personally used and examined a bunch of top-selling fashions. And, after grinding kilos of beans and consuming scores of cups of espresso, this is what I discovered on my quest to seek out the most effective French press a espresso lover should buy. I replace this periodically.

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The Bodum Chambord has a traditional French press design that hasn’t modified a lot from when it first hit the scene within the 1950s. Regardless of that, this mannequin brews nice espresso that is sturdy, well-balanced and richly flavored. Its metal elements additionally are available varied finishes. I particularly like the colourful pink model proven right here.

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For simply $15, the Bodum Brazil delivers sizzling espresso each bit pretty much as good as the corporate’s dearer Chambord mannequin. To chop down the worth, Bodum makes use of plastic as a substitute of metal for a number of the espresso maker’s elements. Its carafe, nonetheless, is borosilicate glass. The espresso I brewed within the Brazil was satisfyingly sturdy, but balanced.

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The Veken French press may be very well-equipped contemplating its affordable value. Contained in the equipment you may discover varied instruments you will not see bundled with different French press fashions: a flowery picket mixing spoon, a cleansing wand and a battery-powered milk frother for whipping up cafe-style drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.

I additionally like this French press’ elegant copper end. It actually units it aside from different fashions I’ve seen. Most significantly, the Veken brews outstandingly scrumptious cups of espresso.

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The most costly mannequin on this group, the Frieling French Press would not come low-cost. What you get for its steep value is a heavy stainless-steel press development that is designed to final. Out of all of the French press espresso makers I used, it felt essentially the most sturdy by far. Its steel physique additionally has insulating twin partitions that hold espresso sizzling for hours.

Espresso I brewed within the Frieling got here out well-extracted but sturdy. So if cash isn’t any barrier, that is the French press for you.

We put a bunch of French press espresso makers to the take a look at to seek out out which is finest.

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Others we examined

Mueller French Press

Hamilton Beach French Press

Coffee Gator French Press

Kona Press

SterlingPro French Press

OXO Brew Venture French Press Coffee Maker

How we evaluated them

I take a look at French press brewers very like I take a look at normal drip coffee makers. I start by hand-washing and hand-drying every product. Then I grind sufficient espresso beans to fulfill a selected brewing ratio. For a French press that is Four ounces of floor espresso to 32 ounces of water.

We take a look at French press espresso makers the identical approach we take a look at normal drip machines.

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I then add hot water (203 F, 95 C) to the brewing chamber, stir the grounds and allow them to sit for Four minutes. After that I drop the plunger for every press and pour a pattern cup. Subsequent I draw a pattern of the brewed espresso and measure its share of complete dissolved solids. I exploit a pocket reflectometer for this take a look at. From there I can calculate the extraction share for every batch of espresso I brew.

Ideally, the extraction share of brewed coffee ought to be within the vary of 19% to 22%. Whereas this quantity alone would not assure scrumptious joe, it is a sturdy indicator of it. In the end the reality lies in a correct style take a look at.

Espresso extraction share

Bodum Chambord French Press

Bodum Brazil French Press

Hamilton Seaside French Press

Espresso Gator French Press

OXO Brew Enterprise French Press Espresso Maker


The best vary is between 19 and 22%.

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