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French Press to Impress

One of the oldest methods of manual coffee brewing is the French Press. It's a relatively straightforward process but there are a few key factors to keep in mind, such as grind size, water temperature, and steep time.

Here's how we impress with our French Press:

  1. Heat water to boiling - double the amount that your French Press carafe/beaker can hold.
  2. Fill your carafe with hot water, and place the lid on top with the plunger in the raised position. This heats the walls of the vessel to lessen the temperature differential when you pour hot water on the grounds.
  3. Heat the remaining water back to boiling temp. Alternatively, if you have a fancy water heater with a temperature display, just bring the water to 200F.
  4. Grind your beans. You’ll want to end up with about 2 heaping tablespoons of course grounds (think kosher salt consistency) per 8oz of water.
  5. Remove the lid and empty your carafe of the hot water.
  6. Pour your coffee grounds into the carafe. Give it a little shake so the grounds settle evenly at the bottom.
  7. Pour hot water slowly and evenly onto the grounds to the halfway mark on your carafe. Make sure all the grounds are wet. Note: If you’re working with boiling water, give it about 20-30 seconds off the heating element to bring the temp down to about 200F before you pour. You don’t want to burn the grounds!
  8. Place the lid on top of the carafe with the plunger in the raised position.
  9. Keep the rest of your hot water on the heating element. You’ll want your water at 200F for the last pour.
  10. After about 2 minutes, remove the lid and use a wooden stick (like a chopstick, stirrer, or something similar; wood is preferable so you don’t risk cracking your carafe) to break the crust that has formed on top of the liquid and stir the grounds thoroughly.
  11. Slowly pour the remaining hot water into your carafe, filling it.
  12. Place the lid on top of the carafe with the plunger in the raised position.
  13. After 4-5 minutes, slowly press the plunger down. Take your time...it should take about 20-30 seconds to fully depress the plunger.
  14. Pour your French Press coffee into a mug.
  15. Enjoy and be the envy of all those around you.
January 06, 2018 by Lee Nichols