How to Brew the Best French Press Coffee

There are many available brewing methods to geek out on our coffee. What result we want, is of course, a delicious, hot cup of fresh brewed coffee to kick start our day. French press coffee is amongst the simplest, less expensive brewing method to make true, great tasting coffee. See how to make the best French Press coffee:

Bodum 8 Cup 1928-18 Chambord Classic Coffee Maker, 34 oz, Copper

Advantages and Disadvantages of a French Press

French press or coffee plungers make coffee by steeping coffee grounds in hot water (around four minutes), and then pressing the grounds onto the bottom of the French press.

Unlike AeroPress and pour over, Coffee Press makes it easy to make coffee to serve a group or the family and friends at once.

The disadvantage is that, French press coffee is prone to over extraction or bitterness and oiliness as well, since the brewed coffee may sit on the grounds for long periods and can turn coffee lovers off.

Let’s Warm Up

Woman drinking french press coffeeIt took me some time to warm up to Coffee press, since I’ve been making it since college when a friend of mine gifted me a coffee plunger and a blade grinder. The first time I made, it turned me off since I found it too bitter and there’s some funny taste going on as well. And I’ve been using it every day for a month, and then decided that I have to make it better.

So what was I missing? It seems there are a lot of coffee connoisseur, praising the virtues of a French Press and contesting that it makes the best and purest coffee flavor. So I researched through the internet and asking baristas as well.

Then I found out what important device that I should have to make the best French Press Coffee – A BURR GRINDER!!! Why? Because French Press coffee calls for a coarse & even grind, and only burr grinders can attain this.

From then on, I love my French Press Coffee….

And of course, if you want to start right, then start with a coffee plunger with positive reviews such as: no grounds go through the press, the beaker is sturdy, dishwasher-safe (cleaning with the use of dishwasher kill most germs compared to hand wash), right serving size and so on.

But, there are times that my coffee taste better compared to some days. So I need to be consistent with my coffee and found out that I need a weighing scale for this. A weighing scale doesn’t cost much so I bought it. Did some few tests and found my perfect coffee-to-water ratio which is 70g of coffee per liter of water. For example, if your press holds 500ml or half a liter, you will need (0.5 x 70g) 35 grams of coffee.

Let’s get into the Plunge!

Pressing the plunger

Step 1: Boil the water and wait for around 1 minute after boiling. The water will most likely reach the ideal temperature of 195 -205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Grind the coffee beans while the water is heating. When using a weighing scale – my coffee to water ratio 70grams of coffee per 1 liter. Using a scoop would be – 7 scoops per 1 liter or 32-ounce French press.

Step 3: Add the grounds into your French press. Then add the hot water and carefully stir it (using wooden or plastic spoon) to mix the grounds evenly with the hot water. Cover the coffee press and wait for around four minutes.

Step 4: Gently press the plunger down, evenly.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy….

Final Thoughts

Coffee is best served fresh! So be sure to drink it straight away. For French press coffee that will not go directly into your mug, transfer it to another thermal mug to avoid over extraction that will cause bitterness.

While I have my personal preference of coffee-to-water ratio, you should also experiment on what ratio is best for your taste. Moreover, choose the coffee beans that you like. Choose fresh and filtered water, or water that taste good by itself. Remember that coffee is 98.75 percent water.

Do not hesitate or get scared to try a French press. It surely isn’t about making coffee faster or easier. Rather, it is about taking the time to indulge oneself with wonderful aroma and delicious coffee.

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