Coffee French Press style is a favorite among many coffee drinkers. It’s often described by fans as having a more robust and full bodied flavor than the coffee produced by other brewing methods. The reason for this is the coffee grounds remaining in contact with the water during the entire brewing process which allows more of the oils and flavor to be maintained. This method of brewing is also great for travelers and those with limited space, as French Presses are much smaller, lighter, and more portable than other coffee brewers.
Admittedly, brewing coffee in a French Press is a little more complicated than using a drip brew coffee maker, but it’s easy to get the hang of if you follow the right steps – not to mention completely worth it while in the pursuit of the ultimate cup of coffee. Follow the steps below to the perfect French Press coffee!
To Make 3 Cups: Use 13oz of water and 26g of coffee
To Make 4 Cups: Use 17oz of water and 34g of coffee
To Make 8 Cups: Use 33oz of water and 66g of coffee
- Remove all plunger pieces and inspect for old coffee fines and oils. Remove any remnants.
- Boil your water. Remember to boil a little more than your needed amount to use for pre-heating the press.
- Weigh your coffee before grinding. Use the reference at the top of this guide in accordance with how many cups you would like to brew.
- After water has boiled, pour a little into your press and your coffee cups to pre-heat them.
- Pour pre-heating water out, then promptly place the French press on the scale. Be sure to zero out the scale.
- Grind the coffee of your choice, and add to the press. Check to make sure your ground coffee matches the exact ratio needed. Zero the scale again.
- Set your timer for 4 minutes and slowly pour your hot water into the press. Be sure to completely saturate the grounds, and monitor the scale to ensure you obtain the correct coffee to water ratio.
- About 10 seconds before your brew is finished you’ll want to break the crust and skim off remaining floating coffee grounds.
- Now place the plunger at the top of the press and slowly press down. Do not plunge down to quickly or coffee is liable to spill out of the top of the press. Be sure to press the grinds all the way to the bottom with the plunger.