A french coffee press is certainly a cool way to brew coffee at home.
While much different than your standard, boring drip coffee machine, a coffee press requires some skill and patience. So why would anyone use a french press? Well, if you use it correctly, the end product will be much more satisfying than the dull tasting coffee your Mr. Coffee produces. If you really want the best, invest in a home espresso machine like the Rocket Cellini. You won't be disappointed.
Lets go over the proper way to use a french coffee press in a step by step guide.
Step 1 - Properly Grind Your Beans
This is of vital importance. Get this wrong and your coffee won't be good. Using your coffee grinder, like this Baratza Virtuoso, make sure your grind is coarse (resembling bread crumbs). Now. You'll notice your french press doesn't possess a filter. This is because the coffee actually sweats in the hot water.
How much coffee do I need?
Only about 8 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee. Place the coffee at the bottom of your press and heat your water (I personally use a tea pot).
Step 2 - Fill The Press With Hot Water - Half Way
Take your boiling water, let it sit for a minute, then begin to pour. To start, you only want to fill your french press half way full. This is for saturation purposes and assures your coffee won't be too bitter or weak.
Allow the coffee to sit for 4 or 5 minutes.
Step 3 - Stir
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After 60 seconds, stir with a spoon.
Then, fill the rest of the french press with hot water. **Do this in a circular motion to make sure all the coffee gets hit**
Next, place the lid on the press but DO NOT press down yet. I know this will be tempting but please, please please resist. I promise you it will be worth the wait.
Step 4 - Press Down!
Here it is - the part you've been waiting for. Once the 4 or 5 minute mark hits, press down. It's important that the mesh filters remains horizontal during this process so take is slow.
Step 5 - Pour and Enjoy
No explanation needed for step 5.
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