The Daily Grind: French Press
The French Press is one of the most common coffee brewers found in people’s homes next to the automatic coffee brewers. They can be relatively cheap, depending on what model you get, can be found in almost all department stores, and are easy to use! This means it’s no surprise when someone wants to upgrade their morning coffee routine they tend to spring for a French Press first. Although it is easy to use, most people do not realize that there are many variants that go into making a great cup with this brewer. Follow these directions and you’ll get great results from your French Press every time!
The golden ratio when brewing coffee in any brewer is 1:15 coffee to water. This will give you the best tasting coffee without it feeling too strong or watered down. A standard French Press is 32 ounces, and you will want to use 30 ounces of water (leaving room for the plunger of the French Press) with 2 ounces of coffee grinds. Of course, if your French Press is a different size just adjust your ratio using the 1:15 rule.
Every brewing method calls for different grind sizes of your coffee beans. For a French Press you want the coffee grinds to be very coarse, which resembles the size of sea salt. If you are still buying your coffee pre-ground, check out our past blog, found here, on why you should start buying whole bean coffee and grinding just before brewing!
The best temperature for water when brewing coffee is just off boil. Some advanced electric kettles allow for temperature control; if you have control, set your temperature for somewhere between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using a stove top kettle or an electric kettle that does not allow for temperature control just bring your water to a boil and take off heat for about a minute. This will allow the temperature of the water to come down to the perfect heat.
Now that you’ve done all the hard work prepping, it’s finally time to start brewing! Put your coffee grinds in the bottom of the French Press. With your water at the correct temperature, pour in just enough to wet the beans; this will allow for the coffee to bloom, which means the coffee releases all of the gas that it stores. It will taste much better if you let it bloom first as opposed to if you pour all of your water in at one time. You can stir the grounds and this water to make sure all of your coffee has contacted the water and let it sit for 30 seconds. Then, you can pour in the rest of your water, put the lid on without pushing down the plunger, and let brew for three minutes. Once that time is up, push the plunger down and pour your coffee into your favorite mug to enjoy!