With the French press, you can make delightful coffee without following a complicated procedure. It can draw out oils of coffee and capture aromas and flavors from the beans. Here are some tips for brewing the best coffee for the French press enthusiast.
French presses can fully immerse coffee grinds in water for almost four minutes for an excellent contact between the grounds and water. It is better than other brewing methods. It is better than espresso that takes 30 minutes in brewing.
Accurately measure water and coffee by weighing them. Coffees have dissimilar densities. For example, South American coffee is less dense than African coffees. The density and volume may vary because the measurement of volume is less accurate than weight measurements. The ratio between water and coffee can be from 1:16 to 1:18.
Wet Grinds for Better Taste
Instead of instantly adding grinds in hot water, wet these grinds first and soak for almost 30 seconds. It is essential for the blooming of your coffee. During this process, carbon dioxide can escape. After 30 seconds, pour the remaining water in the French press. The grounds may not completely immerse in the water and will float to the top. To settle them, stir for 1 minute in the brewing procedure to direct them again in the water.
French press must be brewed for almost 4 minutes. Keep it in mind that your coffee should hit the water for a total of four minutes after brewing coffee, press down a plunger and pour in your cup. Make sure to pour remaining coffee in a thermal carafe to avoid over-extraction.
Delicious Coffee with the French Press Recipe
Makes: 32 ounces
Serves: 3 – 4
- 4 cups chilled water
- ½ cup coffee beans, freshly-roasted
- French Press must hold 32 ounces
- Burr grinder
- Stovetop kettle or electric kettle
- Long Spoon
- Instant-read thermometer
- Measure out your coffee beans. Grind measured beans in a grinder on the roughest In the absence of a burr grinder, you can use a blade grinder for sharp, brief pulses. Stop after each second to invert your grinder and give a quick shake with a lid on. You will need coarse and rough, evenly-sized grounds without fine grit.
- To heat water, use electric kettle or stovetop to boiling and turn off heat. Wait for 1 minute before making coffee. For your French press coffee, the ideal temperature of the water is 195 °F. A thermometer is necessary to ensure the right temperature.
- Pour hot water into your French press. Mix your soaked coffee grinds and stir vigorously in down and up motion. Coffee should steep for four minutes to get a strong brew. You can tweak the taste of coffee with different roasts instead of increasing or decreasing the steeping time.
- Plunge your press after four minutes to the base. Drink this coffee instantly.
Note: If you have sufficient time in the morning, you can rinse out your French press with boiling water. It can make your press warm. Make sure to have a carafe to store your coffee if you don’t want to drink immediately.