Directions: French Press Coffee

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There are many ways to brew a cup of coffee and whichever method you choose to be part of your ritual should be something you look forward to doing and not thought of as a chore.

No matter what, the end result should be to have a delicious cup of coffee right when you want it the most.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to make great coffee is with a French press.
Versus coffee makers, with a French press you’ll have more control over water temperature, how long the coffee brews and unlike the pour over or Aeropress this can serve 3-4 people.

Here’s how to make a pot of French press Coffee.

  • Remove the plunger from the French press
  • Add one heaping tablespoon of coffee to the pot per 6 oz of water
  • Pour hot water into the pot and gently stir
  • Reinsert the plunger with the mesh filter just above the water level and let it remain there for 3-4 minutes.
  • Slowly press the plunger all the way down
  • Serve and enjoy

Warm your press with hot water

Remove the plunger from your pot and preheat the French press by filling it with hot water. You can use hot tap water. The goal is to have the pot warm during the brewing process.

Doing this will help bring out all those tasty flavors from your coffee grounds.

Let it sit for about 1 minute then empty the the hot water from your French press

Adding coffee grounds

Depending on how precise with your ingredients you want to be.I have two options for you.

To simply add one heaping tablespoon of coffee ground per 6 oz of coffee you want to brew.
Optional: to use a scale and get precise with your measuring and consistency. With your first brew just try 1 heaping tablespoon for every 6 ounces of water. You can always add more hot water to your cup if it’s too strong.
NOTE: Ground coffee should be coarse, not fine.

Pouring and Stirring

At this point we are going to need to pour hot water into the pot but first you should know the temperature.

The perfect temperature for French press coffee is around 195°F; this is just below boiling. Heat the water on a stovetop bowl or electric kettle to boiling, then take off the heat for about 1 full minute before pouring into the French press pot.

Pour your water around in a spiraling motion that ensures your water is evenly submerging all of the grounds. If you see any dry spots up top, try and aim for them with your stream of water. You want to get all the grounds wet at as close to the same time as possible, so the water starts extracting flavor from them simultaneously

Fill the pot the rest of the way and then gently stir. Don’t go all crazy with it. A slow and steady stir to allow the release of the coffee ground’s flavors is what we are trying to do.
After you have mixed the coffee with the water we want to let it steep.

Allow the coffee to settle and saturate the water for 4 minutes. This is where the flavors of your coffee will come out.

You can adjust the time to produce different tones in your coffee.

Press

Place the lid on the French press and, if necessary, press the plunger down just a bit so that the mesh filter is just touching the top of the hot water, which will also help keep all the grounds submerged.

Do not press the plunger down until you have allowed it to steep for at least 4 minutes.

Once the time is up, your coffee will be ready.

Resist the urge to press all the way down. Don’t feel the need to press down on the grounds at the bottom. This isn’t like a lemon that you are trying to squeeze.

The beans are already grounded to a coarse size and you’ve allowed the coffee to steep in the perfect temperature. So all that is left is to serve it.

Pour and Serve

Be sure to pour immediately after plunging, even if you are not going to drink it immediately. If you leave the coffee in the French Press it will over steep and become more acidic and bitter as it cools off. Pour into a thermos or directly into your favorite coffee cup for best results.

Final Thoughts

French press makes coffee by steeping the grounds in hot water, and then pressing the grounds out. The simplicity of making your coffee this way may be reason enough for you to enjoy doing this as your daily routine.

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