History of the French Coffee Press Pot
The French Coffee Press Pot or Coffee Press was invented in France somewhere around the mid 1800 by a Frenchman. As the
story goes this Frenchman boiled the water alone, having forgotten to add the coffee. Not wanting to start over he or waste water resources
he put ground coffee in a jar and poured the boiling water over it and the coffee floated to the top as it was
brewing. Trying to remedy the situation fitted a piece of screen, which he used to press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the jar.
Having success with this he tasted the coffee and discovered it was a lot better than boiling the coffee and water together. Thus the
French Coffee Press Pot was born.
The French Coffee Press Pot as we know it today is actually attributed to an Italian named
Calimani who in the mid 1930’s took a coffee press a step further by using a metal body with a metal filter used to press the ground coffee to
the bottom of the pot.
Later as models with glass bodies and plastic and metal mesh filters became popular, the technology to make a tight enough fitting filter created problems. Even the first models were met with limited
By the early 1900s, the French Coffee Press Pot, was starting to become more popular and was showing
up on grocery store shelves. Bodum a Danish company specializing in Kitchen products is probably most responsible for the
common day occurrence and popularity of the French Coffee Press Pot that any other company.
In the seventies, they introduced plastic, and metal and glass press pots. In the 1980s, fueled by
their profits, they bought lines like Chambord and brought out more classical-look press pots. The rest is, as they say, history.