Brewing coffee with a French press is a simple and flavorful way to make coffee. Here’s a step-by-step guide to brewing the perfect cup:
- French press
- Coarse coffee grinds (about 1 ounce per 8 ounces of water)
- Hot water (around 200°F)
- Scale (optional)
- Timer (optional)
- Boil water: Fill a kettle with water and heat it to just under boiling, around 200°F.
- Prepare the press: Rinse the French press and the lid with hot water to warm it up.
- Add coffee grinds: Use a scale to measure out the desired amount of coffee grinds. A general rule of thumb is 1 ounce (28 grams) of coffee for every 8 ounces (225 milliliters) of water.
- Add water: Pour a small amount of the hot water over the coffee grinds in the French press. Let it bloom for about 30 seconds. This helps to release carbon dioxide gas from the coffee, allowing for a better extraction.
- Fill the press: Add the rest of the hot water to the French press and give it a gentle stir. Place the lid on top, but do not press down the plunger.
- Steep: Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes.
- Press the plunger: Slowly press the plunger down to separate the coffee grinds from the liquid.
- Pour and serve: Pour the coffee into a cup and enjoy it while it’s hot.
- Use freshly roasted and coarsely ground coffee for the best flavor.
- Experiment with steeping time to find the flavor that suits you best.
- To keep your coffee hot, pour it into a pre-heated thermos or serve it immediately after pressing.
Enjoy your freshly brewed French press coffee!