It’s about time I have a real French Press, especially since I’m tasting all the fine coffees grown in Panama. I took a seminar about the many varieties of coffee grown in Boquete and the instructor said that she thought the best way to bring out the subtle tastes of the different varieties of fine coffee is to use a French Press to prepare it.

The hunt was on for me as my only experience with a French Press when it was served to me in a local coffee shop. I liked it then, but I didn’t pursue getting one because I didn’t have the “sophisticated” palate then that I have now. Anyway, I began my search in several stores in Boquete and David and just couldn’t find what I thought was the perfect French Press.

When I came to Florida last week, the hunt became extremely easy with every department store and kitchen shop having several models on hand. The prices ranged from $9.95 to $39.95 for an 8-sup size, which I determined was the size I needed. The best part of my hunt was when I visited a Target store and found the “Original French Press” made by Bodum, Brazil model, 8-cup, absolutely beautiful and only $19.95.

The first thing I did before I opened the box was to look at the directions in an easy-to-follow panel on the side, no other directions were necessary.  The written directions come in 14 different languages and they give way more information than anyone would need.

I laughed at the taglines on the box:

  • Probably the best way to brew coffee
  • The Coffee Lover’s favorite method
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Dishwasher safe

They missed the most important qualities to me:

  • The 3-piece mesh filter allows the aromatic oils and flavors to come through,
  • The special lid prevents spills, and
  • You don’t use filters, therefore being environmentally friendly.

Now, the really most important part is how the coffee tastes when using the French Press. I microwaved 2 cups of water until boiling, measured 2 rounded tablespoons of Cafe Ruiz medium ground coffee into the press, poured in the water, stirred it and put on the top, leaving the plunger up. The 4 minute wait was fun, because I was enjoying the aroma and anticipating the flavor of this fine Boquete coffee.

Then came the ultimate pleasure, the moment when I slowly pushed down the plunger and the clear, rich, flavorful coffee was released into the body of my new pot. What I had anticipated was worth every minute of waiting, a very fine cup of delicious coffee grown and processed in my new hometown, Boquete, Panama.
Love it!