So you’ve got a French press coffee maker but aren’t sure how to use it? This guide will go over all you need to know to brew a great cup of coffee using your French press. The French press is touted as one of the best methods to make a cup of coffee. Sure using a coffee maker is quick and easy, but taking the time to make a great cup of coffee with a French press will deliver much better results.
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Choosing the right coffee bean
- Light coffee beans generally contain higher levels of caffeine as the natural caffeine content is burnt out in darker coffee beans as they are roasted for longer.
- All roasts differ, however, darker coffee beans have a deeper fuller flavor than its lighter siblings.
- Make sure your coffee beans are fresh! Aim to drink your coffee within two weeks of purchasing it.
How much coffee to use in your French press
When it comes to the amount of coffee used there is no perfect ratio, it is a matter of preference. The ratio will depend on the strength of the roast, the grind, and your personal preference. When starting out try 50-60grams of coffee per liter of water and adjust from them to achieve your ideal strength.
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How to grind coffee for your French press
When grinding your coffee be sure not to grind it too fine. The coffee should have the consistency of breadcrumbs. Grinding your coffee too fine can produce grinds in your coffee as they have been able to pass through the filter. To ensure your coffee is ground perfectly it is always wise to invest in a good quality grinder, you will have nothing but trouble going for cheap options.
Clean your French press
For a great cup of coffee, your French press must be clean. Old coffee ground that has not been washed off can leave a horrible taste to your coffee. Obviously, you will need to clean your French press after each use; however, I recommend giving it a really good once over once a week. For an optimal clean you can do the following:
- Take apart your French press (depending on the quality of your press you may not be able to do this).
- Shake excess grounds into the bin.
- Leave the French press to dry overnight, when dry you should be able to shake off the last of the grinds into the bin.
- Wash the French press as normal.
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How to make the coffee using your French press
- Rinse your French press with hot water to warm everything up.
- Place 8 tablespoons of your coffee grounds into the bottom of the press.
- Pour hot water (205 degrees F) into the French press.
- Place the lid on the press but don’t lower the plunger.
- Wait for 3-4mins and then plunge the coffee.
- Pour your coffee into a cup and enjoy! Aim to pour out all of your coffee as soon as it is done.