Easy Ways on How to Make the Best French Press Coffee

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Did you just get a new French press and are having trouble using it? You have come to the right place.

The French press is a cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through the ground coffee, producing an earthy, deep flavor in your daily cup of coffee. French Press is one of the simplest and most inexpensive methods to make a scrumptious cup of coffee. The key is to pick a medium grind that is homogeneous and consistent throughout.

Extremely coarse ground coffee can be under-extracted (weak), and less flavorful,while finely ground coffee may block the filter.

Extremely coarse grinds may block the filter, whilst extremely fine grinds will flow through, muddying the findings. The quantity of brewed coffee you want to prepare and the grind size of your beans can determine how quickly the water flows through the coffee and how long your overall brew time will be using french press brewing systems.

The best feature of the French Press feature is that it allows users to prepare a cup of coffee for their own personal preferences. The period of time coffee grounds are soaked, the kind and quantity of grounds used, the temperature of the water and other factors may all be changed by the user.

Before starting to make the coffee, make sure that you have the following ingredients with you:

  1. ¼ cup of whole coffee beans
  2. Either Milk or Sweetener (up to you)

These ingredients are suitable to make two cups of coffee.

Here are a few tips for you to follow in order to make a delicious cup of coffee

  • Purchase freshly roasted whole bean coffee of top grade.
  • Just before brewing, grind.
  • When buying coffee, go for darker roasted beans.
  • Avoid pressing the plunger too hard or too abruptly. It will agitate your coffee grinds, maybe resulting in harsh tastes in your coffee.
  • Keep in mind a 1:15 coffee ratio, but don’t be afraid to explore; each coffee is unique.
  • To avoid over-extraction and, as a consequence, bitterness, decant your coffee.

Follow the french press coffee recipe below and enjoy your coffee.

Step 1:  Preheat Your French Press

Preheat your french press using hot water, while you grind your beans. Heat the water in a separate cattle till it reaches 195 degree centigrade.

Step 2: Grind your Coffee

Grind your coffee while the water heats up. A coarse, smooth grind is required for a French press coffee. Of note, extremely coarse ground coffee can be under-extracted (weak), and less flavorful, while finely ground coffee may block the filter.

Step 3: Add Coffee

Add your Coffee to the carafe and gently shake to ensure the leveling of the coffee grounds. 

Step 4: Add Water

Add half of the water to the coffee grounds. Add Water about twice the size of your coffee grounds. For instance, if you have added 20 grams of coffee, initially, add 40 grams of water to the carafe. Make sure the water is hot (the french press water temperature should be around 195 F), and gently pour it onto the coffee grounds in circular motions. This is to make sure that the water is completely merged with the coffee grounds.

Step 5: Mix the Grinds

With a bamboo paddle or chopstick, gently mix the grinds. Allow 30 seconds for the coffee to bloom and increase in size. Your coffee grinds will release gases like carbon dioxide during blooming, allowing for a lot greater extraction when the remainder of the water is added.

Step 6: Add the rest of the Water. 

The water to coffee ratio should be 1:15. Carefully set the lid on top of the grinds. Do not push the plunger yet. You might be wondering how long to steep french press. The answer is 4 minutes.

Step 7: Press the Lid

Place your French press on your worktop after gently removing it from the scale. Reduce the pressure on the filter.

If you feel that it is hard to press, it means that the coffee grinds are too fine and if you feel that it is easily pressed, it means that the grinds are too coarse. The sweet pressure spot is around 15 – 20 pounds.

Step 8: Press the Plunger 

You may now fully depress the plunger. Please press it lightly and carefully without exerting excessive power. After pressing the coffee, make sure that you serve it immediately. If you do not do this, this will cause it to continue to brew and extract excessively.

Final Thoughts

If you do not want to drink the coffee immediately, you can store it in another container. Just do not leave the coffee in the French Press machine. Enjoy your Coffee!

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