We can wholeheartedly agree that pressed coffee has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last couple of years. And it’s easy to see why. The so-called French press coffee offers convenience, practicality and it doesn’t require any electricity. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to coffee brewing techniques. Thus – why French press coffee is bad for you?
The coffee made by using a French press might be bad for you as it may potentially increase your cholesterol, according to evidence-based data (1).
Apparently, the potential cholesterol-raising effects of unfiltered coffee are caused by a coffee diterpene compound called cafestol.
Subsequently, large amounts of cafestol are found in unfiltered drinks e.g. French press, Greek and Turkish coffee.
In contrast, the quantity of cafestol in filtered coffee i.e. drip coffee is minuscule since the filter holds most of this diterpene.
Now, this doesn’t mean that drinking French press coffee will lead to your ultimate demise.
It’s just that people with high cholesterol issues (especially increased LDL) need to be aware that unfiltered coffee might not be optimal for them.
Personally, If I had high cholesterol, I’d just stay away from any kind of unfiltered coffee including French press.