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The Story of the French Press or Cafetiere

A little like the tea bag, what came to be known as the French Press was probably invented by accident.

Legend has it that an unnamed Frenchmen was preparing a pot of coffee on an open fire in the 1850s, when he realised he forgotten to add the coffee first. Adding it later meant the coffee grounds sat on the surface and wouldn’t brew properly. So, with a metal stick, he pushed a small piece of metal screen to the bottom, carrying with it the coffee grounds. Expecting the worst, the coffee was the best he had ever had. A new way of brewing coffee was invented.

Maybe that’s what happened.

What is true is the first patent issued for a coffee making device that closely resembles the modern French Press was by Attilio Callimani in 1929, an Italian from Milan, by which time Italian’s referred to it as a Cafetiere.

Nowadays, cafetieres are generally made with Borosilicate glass, which is very strong, together with stainless steel. It’s a cost effective and easy way of making an outstanding cup of coffee.

FGCO10238

Chocolate & Hazelnut Flavoured Coffee Tin 150g

Net Weight: 150g

£16.00
A exclusive grind of rich Brazilian arabica coffee beans flavoured with dark chocolate and hazelnut. Enjoy after dinner or as a special seasonal treat.

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A limited-edition ground coffee with a touch of chocolate and hazelnut for a smooth, seasonal cup. Made using the finest rich Brazilian arabica beans. For those who love their coffee with a decadent and luxurious twist. Perfect for enjoying at home or as a gift.
Add 30g of our Very Dark Drinking Chocolate Flakes for a unique hazelnut mocha taste.
Best when drip filtered or French Press brewed. Not suitable for pressure extraction. 
Medium Dark Roast - Robust coffee flavour, with hints of chocolate and hazelnut. 

Ingredients

Brazilian Arabica Coffee (96%), Chocolate and Hazelnut Flavourings (4%)


Allergens

Made in a factory that processes nuts.
Contains Hazelnut

Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy: 0kj/0kcal | Fat: 0g, of which saturates: 0g | Carbohydrate: 0g, of which sugars: 0g | Protein: 0g | Salt 0g


Storage

Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.

Net Weight: 150g

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The Story of the French Press

A little like the tea bag, what came to be known as the French Press was probably invented by accident.

Legend has it that an unnamed Frenchmen was preparing a pot of coffee on an open fire in the 1850s, when he realised he forgotten to add the coffee first. Adding it later meant the coffee grounds sat on the surface and wouldn’t brew properly. So, with a metal stick, he pushed a small piece of metal screen to the bottom, carrying with it the coffee grounds. Expecting the worst, the coffee was the best he had ever had. A new way of brewing coffee was invented.
Maybe that’s what happened.

What is true is the first patent issued for a coffee making device that closely resembles the modern French Press was by Attilio Callimani in 1929, an Italian from Milan, by which time Italian’s referred to it as a Cafetiere.

Nowadays, cafetieres are generally made with Borosilicate glass, which is very strong, together with stainless steel. It’s a cost effective and easy way of making an outstanding cup of coffee.

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  • FAQ

    What is the difference between Robusta beans and Arabica beans?
    Robusta and Arabica are simply the 2 main species of the coffee plant. Arabica is thought to be indigenous to Arabia and grows best at higher altitudes with shade and rainfall required, thus tending to be a little more expensive than the easier to grow Robusta. Arabica now accounts for the majority of coffee consumed, because the flavour is smooth and has a natural sweetness, with chocolate and berry undertones, whereas robusta can be quite bitter with a slightly burnt after taste - but is higher in caffeine and produces a better crema in an espresso.

    What sort of grind should I buy – I know there are different grades. Or should I buy beans?
    If you are an occasional coffee drinker then you probably don’t have a coffee bean grinder, in which case, the grind to buy depends on how you intend to brew your coffee. A French Press or Cafetiere requires a course grind and a longer brew, whilst making in the Turkish style means extra fine is required for this distinctive very strong brew. Do make sure you keep your ground coffee in a cool, dark place, well wrapped up. A coffee grinder can be good investment that allows you to buy beans which stay fresher for longer.

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