Using a French Press is the easiest and best way to get excellent coffee at home. By using pressure In fact, all you need to get started is a French Press (also called a “Press Pot”) and high quality coffee. To achieve a deep, full-flavored coffee, simply follow the 7 steps below.
1. Grind Coffee
It is important that the coffee be ground coarse and that it be ground with a quality grinder, preferably a burr grinder. By grinding the coffee coarse, you’re allowing for a slower and more even extraction, which results in a fuller bodied and more nuanced cup. Glade grinders chop the coffee rather than grinding it, resulting in uneven and unpredictable particle sizes. This leads to an uneven extraction creating increased bitterness.
2. Add Coffee to the Pot
You’ll need one tablespoon of coffee for every 4 oz of water. If you have a 16 oz press pot, you’ll want to use 4 tablespoons of coffee. Feel free to adjust this amount based on your own personal tastes. Make sure the pot is clean and dry.
3. Add Water
You should bring the water just to a boil and let it cool for about 45 seconds. Pour it aggressively into the pot so that it saturates the grounds. The key is to saturate all the grounds evenly. Do not fill the pot entirely. Fill a bit over halfway. Wait 25 seconds. Stir pour remaining water to top, but leave room for plunge. With many fresh coffees you will see significant expansion of the coffee in a sort of “foam” at the top of the liquid once you add water. This is known as “bloom” and it is the result of the off-gassing of C02 from the coffee.
4. Start Timer
You’re going to want to have a timer that counts down from 4 minutes and has an alarm at 4 minutes. It’s very important that you use a timer to guarantee high quality coffee every time.
5. Pull Press-Top on Pot
Make sure you line up the spout and the corresponding opening in the lid.
6. Press the Pot
At exactly 4 minutes, you should push the press into the pot to force all grounds to the bottom. You might have to press and then release and repeat to do this. Do not crush it with all your might — use some finesse.
7. Pour the Coffee Immediately
You need to do this as soon as you’ve pressed the pot. If you’re making more coffee than you can fit into a cup and want to hold some for later, pour the coffee into a thermal carafe. Do not leave the coffee in the press pot— it will get nasty (over-extracted) quickly. If you want to avoid any stray grounds and sediment, you can pour the coffee through a mesh basket filter.
That’s it! Now sit back and enjoy your perfect French Press brew!
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