Waking up to the smell of coffee in the air is a wonderful experience and enjoying a freshly brewed pot of coffee to get you going in the morning makes for quite the start to the day. There are many ways in which coffee can be made of course and today we are going to get into the French press and discuss how it is used and why it creates such a strong and balanced flavor.
As you can see from the image this is a coffee pot which is used all over the world and whilst the designs may change, the principles of the press and the quality it produces does not. Let’s take a look then at how to make French press coffee.
Basics and Benefits
The French press is a cylinder with a plunger in the middle, this plunger has a filter at the bottom of it which, when pressed down, drives the coffee flavor back up into the pot. The reason why the French press is so ubiquitously used and enjoyed is because of two main factors, its simplicity and the earthy fresh flavor that it produces.
To make a cup of French press coffee you will first need to take the plunger out and make sure that everything is clean, even the slightest crumb or trace of old coffee could affect the flavor here. Once you have taken the plunger out grind your beans and place them at the bottom of the jar, a standard sized press will need around 8 grams of coffee added, alter to taste.
Next up we need to add some hot water but make sure that it is not boiling hot, leave for a couple of minutes after it has boiled and then pour in slowly. Now pull the plunger out from the lid of the pot and place back onto the pot, don’t plunge yet. After around 4 minutes you can slowly press the plunger down, ensuring that you push right to the bottom in order to drive all of that great flavor out from below. Once the plunger is all the way down, pour your freshly made coffee and enjoy.
The process for making a French press coffee is far simpler than it is to make other types of coffee,so don’t worry too much about your technique here. The real key to ensuring that you have a high quality cup of coffee is in the beans, and specifically in the grind. If you go for a coarse grind then you run the risk of having coffee grounds caught up in the filter which will block the flavor coming through. Alternatively if you grind too fine then you may find that some slip through the filter. Aim for a smooth, medium sized grind, and keep an eye on whether or not the filter is getting clogged, and change the grind size accordingly.
Follow these steps and you’ll be able to enjoy that delicious morning cup of coffee made with your French press.
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