The Perfect French Press Brew
If you do a search for the best way to brew coffee, you will probably find at least a half a dozen. But one of my favorite methods is with the French Press. The French Press is quick and easy to use, and will make a delicious, full bodied cup of coffee.
How Does A French Press Work?
If you are not familiar with the French Press and how it works, it is basically a glass beaker, which can come in many different sizes. There is a plunger which fits snugly inside with a metal mesh filter connected to it. Coffee is placed directly inside the beaker, and hot water is poured onto the coffee grounds. Next, the lid goes on, which is attached to the plunger. The coffee steeps for a few minutes and then the grounds are pushed to the bottom using the plunger. The attached filter keeps the grounds out of your cup. Because the french press does not use a paper filter, the oils in the coffee are not filtered out, which produces a much more flavorful, full bodied cup of coffee.
Here’s What You Need:
- A french press
- Cold, filtered water
- Fresh coffee beans
- Coffee grinder
- A pot for boiling water
How You Do It
Start out by measuring out how much water you are going to use, then put it on the stove. As the water is heating, you can grind your beans. I like to use a medium fine grind, although others recommend using a more course grind.
When I make coffee, I like it strong, so I use about 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. I’m not quite on board yet with the exact science of measuring my coffee gram by gram. Maybe someone will convince me some day. Anyway, depending on how strong you like your coffee, you can use more or less. Although I would caution against using less, since you can’t really fix weakly brewed coffee. If you brew it too strong, you can always add water.
Pour your measured coffee grounds into the beaker. By now, your water will probably be ready. I let the water heat up until it is almost to a boil, then take it off of the heat and let it sit for 30 seconds or so. Next, pour about 2/3 of the water into the beaker. Using a spoon, gently stir the grounds into the hot water. Then add the rest of the water.
Place the plunger into the beaker, but don’t press the grounds yet. Set a timer for five minutes and wait. If you want a stronger cup, simply let it steep for a few minutes longer.
When the time is up, slowly press the grounds to the bottom of the beaker. Grab your favorite mug and pour yourself a cup!
Is it all you dreamed it would be and more?
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