They are sometimes used in cafes, are a great way to prepare coffee at home at the end of a meal, and depending on the size that you buy and the level of thermal insulation offered, they can brew coffee that will stay fresh for half an hour or more. Because they will usually hold at least two or three large cups of coffee, they are also used in hotels, especially at breakfast time, when guests are looking to enjoy their morning hit of caffeine before heading out for the day.
The La Cafetiere brand may have been bought by Lifetime Brands in 2014, but they continue to manufacture and supply some of the best products on the market, and we are proud to offer them for sale at ECookShop. As well as providing you with access to a wide range of the company's products, we provide competitive prices and offer free UK delivery on all orders over £50. As well as being able to view our full range of items here on the ECookShop website, you can call in and see us in person at Dawson's Department Store or call and speak to one of the team with any questions or queries you have.
Our Love Affair With Coffee
In the UK we drink nearly 100 million cups of coffee every single day, and the UK coffee industry alone employs more than 200,000 people. While many people love the experience of visiting a coffee shop and watching a barista skilfully prepare their caffeine-laced drink, we drink more of the stuff at home than we do in cafes and restaurants. Instant coffee remains the most popular choice, primarily because of its convenience, but the ground coffee industry is booming. It is especially popular with the 16-34 age group.
Ground coffee not only offers a better taste than instant, in the eyes of many, but it also opens up the coffee drinker to a world of other coffee based beverages like latte and cappuccino. There is something tactile and enjoyable about the experience of preparing coffee yourself, too, and while some people prefer the convenience of having pod coffee makers or bean to cup machines that work with a single touch of the button, there are an equally large number of home coffee drinkers that love nothing more than the experience of percolating and pressing coffee in a cafetiere.
The cafetiere, which is also often referred to as a French press, is essentially a glass or glass like beaker with a plunger containing holes. Coffee machines slowly drip coffee over coffee grounds, but a cafetiere fully immerses the coffee in hot water, before the filter is plunged to effectively sieve the grounds from the water. The effect is seen as offering a richer and denser, more flavoursome coffee, and the cafetiere proponent will tell you that this is the only method that prepares coffee so that you get the most out of every bean.
The cafetiere was first designed in the 1850s, but early models did not have an airtight seal. It took around 70 years before this problem was resolved and, in 1929, Italian inventor Attilio Callimani developed and patented what we recognise today as being the cafetiere plunger. It used a mesh skirt to improve the filtration and also to prevent the grounds from getting into the finished liquid.
Although a lot of cafetieres do look similar, there are certain factors to consider when buying one. The first is the size of the model you buy. Some are marked with cup measurements on the side, and a single cup usually equates to 125ml of coffee. This allows you to place the coffee in a cup and add milk and sugar as required.
The next factor to consider is the material that the beaker is made from. Polycarbonate beakers are usually considered the affordable option, but they do not have the insulation properties or the same look and feel of the more expensive glass alternatives. If you really want high insulation, so that you can prepare a jug of coffee and enjoy two or three cups yourself before it goes cold, then you should consider a stainless steel or aluminium model. These do not allow you to see in, but they will keep your drink warmer for longer. This is especially important because you should not be using boiling water to make the best cup of coffee, but instead use hot water before it boils. If you also add milk or cream to your coffee, then this will further lower the temperature, and if your coffee has been allowed to sit and cool down for a period of time, then you will be drinking lukewarm coffee.
When choosing a cafetiere, you may also consider the design of the model that you choose. Many people grab the cafetiere out of the cupboard when they have guests over, so design is important. Once you've filled it with hot water, you don't want to have to wait in the kitchen while you hide your coffee stained beaker away from your guests' eyes. La cafetiere helped popularise this type of coffee making item in the UK, thanks not only to the great tasting coffee that they produce, but also because of the attractive design that they incorporated into their machines.
Choose from a range of colours, as well as different sizes, to meet your tastes. You can also buy copper cafetieres with double walls. Copper is an excellent thermal insulator, so will keep your cups of coffee as warm as possible for as long as possible. The double walled design further ensures that you can enjoy a hot coffee with your breakfast, or after dinner.
The espresso pot has a three chamber design and will slowly brew rich and strong espressos, and the stove top design not only enables you to make some intense coffee based drinks, but it looks visually appealing too, and is an especially great option if you have guests over who sit in the kitchen with you while you chat and prepare food and drinks. The espresso pot comes in a three shot or six shot size, so choose according to the number of people that usually partake in an after dinner espresso.
Buy La Cafetiere From ECookShop
La Cafetiere manufacture great looking and high quality coffee cafetieres. They use high grade materials that will keep your coffee hot for longer, and they produce stove top espresso pots too. Whether you're serious about great tasting coffee, enjoy showing off your barista skills when you have guests, or you know somebody that loves coffee and would really appreciate receiving a cafetiere as a gift for Christmas or their birthday, then these are some of the best looking and most widely recognised models available.