First patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929, the modern French press consists of a narrow cylindrical beaker, usually made of glass or clear plastic, with a metal or plastic lid and plunger that fits tightly in the cylinder and has a fine stainless steel wire or nylon mesh filter.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
French Press (cafetiere)
Freshly roasted coffee
Burr grinder (freshly ground is best)
Kettle (temperature variable, gooseneck works best, but not essential)