The French press style of coffee making produces extremely rich, aromatic and tasty coffee. If this is the type of coffee you want then it’s important to know how to make french press coffee perfectly.
French press coffee makers use really coarsely ground coffee that generally steeps in the brewing water for a number of minutes enabling all the flavors to fully extract from the coffee grinds.
A French press coffee maker has 2 parts: a straight-sided container usually made of glass, and a filter plunger that pushes through the water to filter out the coffee after it has actually soaked. This plunger also serves as the cover.
There are some models of French Press that are insulated which is good for keeping things hot while it soaks. If you like your coffee piping hot then consider this!
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To brew coffee with a French Press, you must pre-heat the carafe while you boil your water. You may want to stir the coffee grinds around to be sure all of them are in contact with water.
When you feel the coffee has actually brewed enough, slowly depress the plunger trapping the premises on the bottom. Do not remove the plunger (yes people might do this if it’s their first time using!). If it feels like it won’t go down just lift the plunger up a little and attempt to push down again. It’s just a knack you get used to.
The filter can jam sometimes if the coffee grinds are too large are too large a quantity. Simply take your time and it will work. A bit of elbow grease doesn’t go astray!
Regardless of what some might say it is usually best to decant the coffee into an insulated serving pot. If you leave the coffee in the French Press it will remain in contact with the grinds and keep developing. This will rapidly destroy your coffee.
The other main reason to pour your coffee off is to keep it warm. Most french press pots are not well insulated and coffee cools off very rapidly. If you have an insulated one then you can disregard this comment!
Play around with the developing time and grind coarseness till you get the taste that you like best. When you’ve done that you will have the perfect, tastiest coffee for you.
I’ve found the trick is all in the grind, choose a medium grind that is consistent throughout. Really coarse grinds can obstruct the filter, while really fine grinds will travel through the filter, muddying the coffee and the flavor!
Step by step instructions for beginners
- Find a dry, flat counter space or surface and put your french press on it.
- With a firm grip on the handle, remove the plunger or lid.
- Put in a heaped tablespoon (7-8 grams) of coffee for every 200 ml (6.7 oz) of water.
- Pour hot, not boiling, water into the press and give it a gentle stir.
- Insert the lid or plunger back on top and push the plunger down only as far as the top of the water.
- Let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes (you can experiment with this over time to get the flavor you like).
- Then push the plunger down gently and firmly as far as it will go.
- Don’t forget to clean the pot after use with water and mild detergent and dry it well.
You can’t go wrong and will hopefully enjoy the coffee you have made yourself!