FIRST THINGS FIRST
There are four things you have to know before using a French press.
First, you need to get a quality one. Here are the best French presses for the money (in our opinion). Second, you need to ensure your French press is entirely clean before you use it. Old grounds that have been stuck in the mesh filter will only make the coffee bitter than it should be. Third, it’s best to begin with whole coffee beans then grinding it before you proceed to the brewing (more of this later). Grinding coffee too soon may cause it to lose a lot of its compounds that are responsible for aromatic scent and delicious flavor. Lastly, use this guide to make the brewing easier:
|Servings||Cups of Water||Amount of Coffee Beans|
|1||1 cup (8 fluid oz.)||2 tablespoons|
|2||2 cups (16 fluid oz.)||¼ cup|
|4||4 cups (32 fluid oz.)||½ cup|
|8||8 cups (64 fluid oz.)||1 cup|
To become a great French press coffee brewer, follow all the steps below.
Step 1: Warm the French press up.
Do this by rinsing it with hot water. Warming it up while it’s still empty will help it keep the temperature as it brews.
Step 2: Measure and grind.
If you’re only going to serve coffee for yourself, then measure two tablespoons of coffee beans and grind it. It’s best that you use a burr grinder for this step since it can keep the flavor, scent, and consistency of coffee better than others. Set your burr grinder to its coarsest setting then grind. If you don’t own a burr grinder, grind using a blade grinder but grind in short, sharp pulses, pausing every two seconds to invert the grinder. Next, shake the grinder while holding the lid on. The texture should be evenly-sized, as coarse as breadcrumbs, and without a lot of fine grit.
Step 3: Heat water.
For a single serve, heat one cup of water using a kettle. Water for French press coffee should be heated to 195°F, which is below boiling (212°F at sea level). After heating the water, remove it from the heat for a minute before making your coffee. You may want to use a thermometer for this step.
Step 4: Add the water and coffee grounds.
Next, put the coffee grounds in the bottom of your press, then pour 1/3 of the heated water you prepared earlier. Let them all sit for half a minute before gently stirring it. Doing this will ensure that all the grounds are thoroughly saturated with the water to get the most amazing flavor. After stirring it, add the remaining water and secure the lid on your carafe.
Step 5: Steep for four minutes.
Want a robust brew? Soak the coffee grounds for 4 minutes. Brewing shorter than four will make your coffee sour and thin, brewing longer than six minutes will make your coffee too strong. For this step, make sure you use a timer.
Step 6: PRESS!
Firmly press the plunger all the way to the bottom, then enjoy your coffee!
Note: Don’t put too much pressure because it may cause your hot coffee to spray out of the carafe and onto you.
Follow these tips and steps to be a master at French press coffee brewing!