[Brewing Guide] How To Use The French Press January 18 2017
The French Press works by keeping water around the grounds still. This is also known as steeping and seems to produce a different extraction and flavor compared to drip or vacuum brewers. In fact, it can be described as one of the most concentrated cups of coffee you’ll ever have.
- Grind 2 tablespoons (10 g) whole bean coffee coarsely for each cup of coffee.
- Preheat the French Press by scalding it with hot water. Swirl the water in the pot and then discard it. (optional)
- Add the ground coffee to the pot
- Pour half your hot water to cover the grounds. If your coffee is fresh, foam will form. Let the foam rise. This should take 30s.
- Pour the remaining hot water into the pot. Set your timer to 4 minutes.
- Place the plunger cap on the cylinder and press the plunger so that the top of the grounds are held under the water. Start the timer. Each minute, agitate the grounds to prevent clumping and also to get a good extraction.
- At the 4-minute mark, slowly press the plunger down fully.
- To keep the coffee ground sediments in your cup to a minimum, pour the coffee slowly. If you’re not going to drink the coffee immediately, I’d recommend decanting the coffee first, as leaving it in the pot will result in continued extraction and a very bitter cup of coffee.
- Agitate the grounds during seeping to facilitate extraction. You can do this by pressing the plunger and lifting it up.
- Don’t be alarmed if there are grounds in your coffee cup. This is to be expected and is part of the French Press experience.
- Keep the filters clean and wash after every use. Oils build up quickly.