French press coffee is basically when you pour almost boiling water onto ground beans and then filter them (by pressing the filter handle).

So I wonder why use that contraption at all?
Simply pour the hot water over the beans and then pour them in a glass over a filter.

Is there something I am missing that makes that contraption necessary?

  • BTW, normally, you put the grounds in first, then pour the water.
    – MTSan
    Sep 22, 2017 at 22:39
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    @MTSan, yes, thank you, I wrote it in the wrong order.
    – mathgenius
    Sep 22, 2017 at 22:53
  • Almost-boiling is too hot for decent French press, IMHO.
    – Ecnerwal
    Sep 28, 2017 at 14:23
  • This is more or less what the Clever dripper does...pour hot water over the grounds, wait, then drain through a filter to the cup or other server. The advantages over French Press: easier clean up, grounds don't sit in the water. And, depending on your taste, fewer sediments/oils.
    – Chris
    Dec 2, 2017 at 17:35

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The simple answer is, no. You don't really need the exact French-press equipment to prepare a drinkable cup of French-press coffee.

However, the equipment is very likely to ease your preparation. Otherwise, you should take care about

  • timing
  • amount of water (and maybe setting the coffee/water ratio)
  • filter-size
  • act of filtering quickly and properly

all by yourself to have a decent cup. If you aren't experimenting or looking for adventure I advise you to pay 5 bucks for the equipment.

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