You know I’ve written about coffee presses before, because they’re hand, and the travel coffee press is no exception. So today I want to explore the wonderful world of French press coffee. From its humble beginnings to the expensive silver French press coffee maker that is available on the marke today, enjoying your French press coffee in a travel coffee maker can make any journey or traveling adventure more rewarding. Even if that means you’re just heading out into the urban jungle to kill some spreadsheets to bring home your cheddar for dinner. You know what I mean 🙂 You’re also being an environmental warrior every time you cart that travel coffee press back and forth.
Understanding a travel coffee press
But first, what exactly is a French press coffee pot? I’m not going to assume that everyone knows exactly what that is. So a quick description. French press coffee is made in a coffee pot otherwise known as a French press or coffee plunger or cafetiere a piston or just shortened to cafetiere. It is believed to have been developed in France but like much of coffee’s excellence, it was patented by an Italian. A French press contains a narrow beaker that is cylindrical and is often made of glass, sometimes plastic but also stainless steel. I’m a fan of the stainless steel French press which should not come as a surprise. And in a travel coffee press my best recommendation is to get a stainless steel coffee press like this one available at Amazon.
Within that cylindrical beaker of this coffee cup press you pour in your ground espresso coffee beans or 100 Kona coffee or whatever you want to enjoy. The grind for French press coffee is usually the coarsest used that are common to most coffee applications. Then you pour in your just off boiling, hot water. The lid has attached to it a plunger that is attached at the bottom to a round mesh filter of either nylon or metal. This filter fits snugly into the coffee press and after around 4 minutes of allowing the coffee to brew, you plunge the plunger down and with it it pushes the coarse ground coffee to the bottom of the French press coffee pot. A travel coffee press works exactly the same way.
A French press mug or coffee cup press or as we’ve been speaking about this travel coffee press is in my opinion the best way to enjoy coffee. Unlike with paper filters, all of the oils from the coffee beans are available to you to enjoy in your 1 cup French press. And it is these oils my friend (which are not fattening like cooking oils – in fact they are calorie free) that imbibe the wholesale coffee beans that you are enjoying with their subtle flavors and profiles.
My travel coffee press that I’ve enjoyed for years
A French press travel mug is best had as I mentioned earlier as a stainless coffee press. It won’t break on you and this travel coffee press will bring you loyal and steady service for years to come. As an aside this travel coffee press at Amazon that I pointed out earlier is often known collectively as Bodum coffee makers as that company makes a ton of French press coffee makers as you probably are aware.
A travel coffee press is very easy to use and a very inexpensive way to enjoy good coffee wherever you are. In fact I have a travel coffee press just like the one in the picture on this page, available at Amazon that I’ve had for a few years already. At around $40 or $50, maybe less if you get a good sale, the only thing you will ever need to do is change the mesh filter periodically. However, my travel coffee press this few years later still has the original filter and works like a charm. Oh yeah, you don’t just have to enjoy French press coffee with it either. I often just get refills of regular coffee when I’m out and about.