Gear: Essential French Press Tools

The irony of the French press is that the brewing device’s design—a pot containing a fine-mesh plunger—was first patented in Italy. Regardless of origin, the immersive brewing method has taken hold around the world, cementing itself as an easy gateway to a robust cup of coffee. Here are the tools you’ll need to master your next batch of press-pot brew.

Espro Press P7
Featuring a patented double micro-filter and double vacuum-insulated stainless steel walls, this French press from Canadian company Espro brews a grit-free cup and retains heat longer than its glass equivalents. Simple to operate and finished with a polished mirror exterior, it’s as stunning on the table as it is effective. $129.99 for 32 oz., williams-sonoma.com

Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
Baratza’s top-of-the-line grinders are perfect companions for coffee drinkers who appreciate the value of a uniform grind for a reliable brew. The easy-to-use Virtuoso features high-performance conical steel burrs and 40 grind settings all wrapped up in a glossy package. $249, clivecoffee.com

OXO Coffee Grounds Cleaning Scoop
Residual coffee grounds are a drawback of brewing with a French press. OXO’s cleaning scoop whisks away soaked grounds with one deft pass around the press. The shovel-shaped head is made with flexible silicone edges, and the entire apparatus is dishwasher-safe, meaning an end to messy morning cleanups. $7.99, oxo.com

Capresso Pour-Over Kettle
Capable of heating water to specific temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, this sleek, gooseneck kettle from Capresso is all about precision. The stainless steel kettle will keep water heated for up to 30 minutes while a built-in LCD display has a timer to make sure you nail your coffee routine down to the second. $129.99, capresso.com

Pewter Coffee Scoop
Measure out your grounds in style with this coffee scoop from Rhode Island maker Beehive Handmade. Featuring a lead-free pewter spoon and leather details, the one-tablespoon scoop carries a rustic simplicity. $36, beehivehandmade.com

Chef’n Switchit French Press Stirrer/Timer
From longtime housewares maker Chef’n comes this tasteful multipurpose tool for timed precision. Use the efficiently designed Switchit to agitate grounds, count down to finished coffee, and swipe the carafe clean after use. $14.99, chefn.com


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