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Brewing Guide: French Press

Updated: Jan 17, 2019


French Press

Background

One of the best ways to brew a solid cup of coffee is by using the French Press. Coffee brewed inside a French Press is known for its dense and heavy notes. To appreciate the most poignant flavors, serve the coffee immediately following the completion of the brew to prevent it from becoming bitter or chalky. After following all the steps, sit back and enjoy the rich flavor in your cup. It only takes four minutes to brew.


What you'll need

Coffee

French press

Grinder

Kettle

Scale

Timer

Wooden spoon or straw


Brew Time

4 minutes


Step 1

To make 3 to 4 cups of coffee, bring about 1 liter of water to boil, enough to fill your French Press. For a 24-oz press, you'll need about 600 grams of water or 21 ounces. For the best results always boil purified water.


Step 2

As the water boils, grind your coffee. French Press coffee calls for a coarse, even grind. I suggest maintaining a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio. If you're using 600 grams of water, you’ll want 40 grams of coffee.


Step 3

Then, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 40 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 80 grams of water.


Step 4

Give the grounds a gentle stir with a wooden spoon or straw, and let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds.


Step 5

Add the rest of your water and gently place the lid on top of the grounds. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for exactly four minutes. Yes...exactly four.


Step 6

Lightly remove your French press from the scale and put it on the counter. Press the filter down, but note that if you find it hard to press that means your grind is too fine. If the plunger immediately “hits” the bottom of the floor, it means your grind is too coarse.


When you’re done pressing, serve the coffee promptly. Don’t let it sit, or it will keep brewing and over-extract.




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