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I love fresh coffee but the first time somebody showed me a French press, I was more horrified than happy. Sure, fresh coffee is amazing but how on earth would I use that odd little contraption to make it?
Fortunately, my friend showed me how and now I am passing on their expertise to you, because it’s super easy to master a French press and the coffee is awesome!
There are only five things to think about when using your french press:
Let’s take a look at each of them, in turn.
If you have the option you should always go with whole bean coffee rather than pre-ground.
That’s because pre-ground tastes kind of stale as it’s already been exposed to the air and is breaking down.
Instead you need one of our favorite coffee grinders and some fresh beans.
No need for scales either – ¼ cup of coffee beans and two cups of water is equal to two servings from your French press.
If you need more just scale it up.
You’re looking for a medium level of coarsenes to the grind for a French press coffee.
If you under grind the coffee, you won’t get any flavor in the finished product.
On the other hand, if you over grind it, you’re going to get a cup of mud-like coffee.
You can alter the strength of French press coffee in one of two ways:
This is pretty obvious when you think about it, however, you will need to experiment to work out what the absolutely perfect ratio of coffee to water is for you.
Once you’ve arrived at that ratio, your French press coffee is going to be so good every time you make it.
Too hot and your coffee burns, too cold and the coffee doesn’t brew properly.
The good news?
It’s easy to get your water to the right temperature.
Boil the water and let it stand for 30 seconds to a minute before adding it to the beans.
Then the final element is how long should you leave the water and beans mixing before pushing the plunger on your French press and serving?
You can experiment with this, obviously, but our team has reached a consensus that 5 minutes is about perfect.
Leave it less than that and you’ll find the coffee is a bit weak, longer than that and it’s on the bitter side.
And that’s it!
You now know how to make coffee in a French press, enjoy!
Using a French press is much easier than most people think and the coffee you will make is delicious.