The French Press

I thought the French press was something the French did in bed.

Who knew it was an odd looking coffee pot.

Certainly not me who spends a small fortune at Starbucks, which is why, I thought, I’ll just buy myself a pot of my very own to brew a nice cheap cup in.

Yeah right, who was I kidding, but thought I’d pretend to be a woman of thrift anyway, just to see how it feels.

So I tooled over to Bed Bath & Beyond, with my 20% coupon, to peruse their vast collection of coffee makers.  I didn’t want to go electric, ya know, like Dylan, so I passed, on all the fancy schmancys lined up like chrome movie stars, when Carmelita, the inhouse coffee expert, popped over to suggest, I go French.

“No filta…so easy.  You’ll neva go back to Melitta or Mista Coffee again.”

“Excuse me Carm, but I’ve never canoodled with Mr. Coffee, thank you very much.  I did know Melitta for a time, but that didn’t work out since she was quite messy.”

After a demonstration she should take on the road, I left with my new press, pressed in enough bubblewrap to ship it to Mars.

It’s here, out of the box, me getting used to its presence as I sip my third cup of Starbuck’s Guatamala Special Blend of the Week, wondering, how a nice geranium might look in it.

3 scoops of coarse ground coffee in the beaker, the directions say.  Still sounds sexual to me, and besides, I’m from Connecticut where we opt for silky smooth, not coarse, in a nice, cheery design.

Wonder of Brooks Brothers makes a seersucker blend.

Think I’ll give’em a call.    



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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24 Responses to The French Press

  1. So…do you like it? I’ve never tried a French press. I have a fancy schmancy that I never use, tooling over to Starbucks instead.

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  2. I’ve had all kinds of coffee makers, but I’ve never tried a French press. Talk about being thrifty — I saw one at a thrift shop once and wish now I had bought it. The absolute worst was a percolator for the top of the stove. I never got the timing right. That was 53 years ago, mercifully well in the past. Good luck with your new one.

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  3. I’ve seen them before in some coffee shops in Korea but I’ve never owned one. Leah doesn’t usually drink coffee so I have a super cheap one I use at home if I ever drink it at home. Tell me if you like it, maybe you can sell me on one. 🙂

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  4. micklively says:

    Cafetiere is such a wonderful word over breakfast. We’ve had one for decades. Two tips: get a cosy, else your coffee goes cold too quick, and make sure you get a coarse grind, else you end up with a cup full of sludge. Happy supping!

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    • So much info for a cup of crummy coffee. I’m in Starbucks as I’m reading your directions. Thrift May not be my strong point Mick. Actually felt frivolous attempting to be funny when so much madness has taken place. Mourning Tom Petty on the heels of Las Vegas. Sigh

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      • micklively says:

        I was sad to hear of Tom too.
        Can’t get my head around Las Vegas. I worry that the media keep mentioning the number of dead, like it’s a world record and a target to be beaten by the next loony tune. Roll up, roll up and make your swan-song a big one!
        We’ve had them in the UK (Hungerford, Whitehaven, Dunblane) but nothing like the scale of Vegas. Folk here generally cannot get hold of machine guns.

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      • He snapped. I read how horrible he was to his lady friend they’ve hauled back for questioning. It’s all so sad and grim. Our world has changed.

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  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I think we all have a few gizmos that sounded so good at the time of purchase. Maybe you could hire the demonstrator to stop by each morning and fire that baby up for you.
    My oldest son purchased a bread maker at a yard sale. He said it was a great deal and had never been used. The thing is huge, and his wife is pleased .. not. He did use it once and I’m placing a bet that it’s also the last time.

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  6. Steve says:

    Great minds think alike…or joke alike. About 10 years ago, I met friends at a café in Virginia and I was not impressed by the price of their coffee, or food. The young college student/waitress said with a ‘you’re not very sophisticated’ comment, “Our coffee is French Press (accentuated French).” I responded, “I’ve been to Paris and had a French press; and she did not complain.” At the moment I don’t think the young lady understood my sarcasm; however, I never went back. 😉

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  7. Until just a few weeks ago, I never knew what “French Press” was either…hmm, in bed, sounds interesting…
    Anyway, my daughter loves making it. I have an electric model and use organic coffee (who knew they even HAD such a thing?) and put Stevia in it. Tastes very good since I learned how to make 1 cup, not a pot. My favorite coffee is black at Cracker Barrel. Just tastes good and as I have to eat small meals, I get mine free with the children’s plate of two veggies and grilled rye bread with unsweetened jelly. Yeah, not organic here, but still…decent.

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  8. You will be pleasantly surprised, especially if you are a black coffee drinker. We were just talking about going back to the press the other day. You can always have some Starbucks on the side to spice things up.

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