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The joys of using a French press coffee maker

By Carol Finch

The average French press coffee maker is one of the simplest, quickest and easiest ways to make a freshly brewed cup of coffee at home. These machines are generally small and compact so won't take over your kitchen space too much and they produce great results whenever you want to make freshly ground coffee.

This kind of press coffee machine basically works on a simple press system with a filter. You simply put your ground coffee into the maker, pour on your hot water and then let it brew for as long as need according to taste. Then, all you need to do is to put the lid on and press down on the plunger or button on the top.

This will press a filter down through the brewed coffee - the grounds will be trapped at the bottom and you can simply pour yourself a cup of freshly brewed coffee from that point.

This kind of coffee maker is real simple - but it may not suit everyone. These makers won't keep your coffee warm for you, for example, and - if you don't invest in a good model - you may find that you do get some sediment in your drink if you're not careful. But, if you buy from makers with a good reputation such as Bodum or Gaggia, for example, then this shouldn't be an issue.

One other thing to remember here is that this kind of coffee maker only makes standard filter coffee - if you want to drink a cappuccino then you'll need other equipment as well to add the foam and so on. But, at the end of the day this method of making coffee is quick and easy and, as already mentioned, it's great if you're short on space.

The fact that this is a manual machine also means that it won't break the bank either and some of the designs on the market at the moment really do stand up on their own merits and would grace any kitchen.

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