The French Press method is great if you are looking for a smooth cup of coffee containing high levels of caffeine. The French Press uses a plunger to apply pressure against a mixture of coffee and hot water. The plunger is normally made up of a metal piece and a rod and has a filter that has holes that are bigger than a traditional filter. This means that you need to grind your coffee beans thicker than you would for a traditional coffee maker. The results are a smooth, full-bodied cup of coffee.
Brewing coffee using this technique is very popular and in today’s post I wanted to cover how to make French Press coffee in ten easy steps.
Recommended Coffee Proportions
- 10 g (approximately 2 tablespoons) whole bean coffee for each 6 ounce cup (180 ml)
- Use freshly grounded coffee, preferably 12-36 hours after roast.
- Coffee grind level is coarse
- Seep time is 4 minutes.
- French Press
- Wooden Spoon
- Digital Scale
Make sure that that your equipment and grinder are clean.
1) Pour the right amount of filtered water into your kettle. Add an extra 8 ounces (240 ml) of water for warming up the French Press and to take into account any evaporation. Heat until the water comes to a boil.
2) While water is brewing grind the appropriate amount of coffee. It is recommended to use 10g (2 tablespoons) of whole bean coffee for each 6 ounce cup (180 ml) . The grinds should be coarse or sand-like.
3) Warm up the French Press by pouring about 120 ml of hot water into it. Swirl the water and then empty the water into the sink.
4) Add the ground coffee into the French Press.
5) Pour all of the hot water into the French Press gently. You might notice some foam that forms which is normal with fresh coffee.
6) Using a wooden stick, stir the mixture inside the french press so that everything inside mixes together.
7) Place the plunger on top of the French Press and press the plunger down so that the top of the coffee grounds are held under the water (about a half-inch above the water level).
8) Let the mixture seep for 4 minutes.
9) Gently push plunger down fully.
10) Slowly pour the contents in the french press to your cup immediately.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about brewing coffee using the French Press technique or you want to leave your own personal experience with the French Press, please leave a comment below.