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Making French Press Coffee

Making French Press Coffee

There are many ways to make a great cup of coffee but none compare to the simplicity and pure flavor of a French press made cup. The ground coffee beans fully submersed in hot water only coming in contact with only glass and stainless steel results in a pure extract of the flavor of the roasted beans. As simple as it may seem a bit of simple technique required to get the best flavor out of your coffee along with trying varying amounts of beans to suit your taste. There is not right or wrong amount of coffee but as a general guideline 1 – 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per 4 ounces of water is a good place to start.

Tools Needed

  • 12 ounce (3 cup) french press
  • Coffee Grinder or Electric Coffee Grinder
  • Kettle
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring spoon

Ingredients

Yield: 10 ounces of french press coffee

12 Ounce French Press

34 Ounce French Press

Coffee beans, whole 2-4 tablespoons 6-12 tablespoons
Water, filtered 10 ounces 30 ounces

Directions

  1. Using filtered water (for best results) heat up the water in a kettle or saucepan  The ideal temperature is around 170-180°F (76-82°C) NOT boiling. Anything over 200°F will extract quite a bit of the bitter flavors of the bean regardless of how good your coffee is. 
  2. Grind your beans to a coarseness of approximately 1 mm to 1.5mm in size using a burr grinder.
  3. Transfer ground coffee beans into your empty french press.
  4. Pour approximately 1/3 of the water over the ground beans and stir for 20 seconds using the handle of a wooden spoon or chopstick
  5. Finish filling up the french press with hot water to just below the pour spout and give it one more stir with the wooden spoon.
  6. Place top with screen / plunger assembly over the glass beaker and press down until just at the top of the water. Do not fully plunge yet.
  7. Wait 3-5 minutes.
  8. Slowly press the plunger down. Depending on how many of the rinds are floating against the top it may have some resistance as the water filters through the coffee grinds and mesh; too much pressure and you could create enough pressure that when released shoots hot water up the side of the beaker or cracks the beaker.
  9. Let the french press sit for 30 seconds to allow some of the sediment to fall out of suspension before pouring.
  10. If you have one with a rotating lid turn so the slotted side is aligned with the beaker spout
  11. Slowly pour out into your favorite coffee mug. Once you get to the last bit of coffee in the press avoid tilting it past level to keep much of the sediment from being poured into your cup, although there will always be a little at the bottom of the cup, this is normal.

In The Making Photos

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Burr grinders give an even grind as they crack the bean as opposed to cutting them like blade grinders do. As the beans are cracked by the burrs the smaller pieces fall through and the larger pieces gets cracked again.

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Make sure to test a few beans until you get the grind size correct before doing the whole amount. Manual grinders such as this adjust via an adjustment on the central shaft, electric burr grinders generally have a knob or digital adjustment.

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The amount of beans used in this photo is three level tablespoons.

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Pour a third of the water and stir with a wooden spoon to ensure all the beans come in contact with the hot water.

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Fill to just under the spout with more hot water and stir again. Place lid over with screen just at the top of the water to ensure all the beans are submersed.

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Slowly plunge and pour. Avoid pouring past level as to not pour out the bit of sediment at the bottom.

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Now go and enjoy your perfect cuppa coffee!