Quick and Easy Ways to Use a French Press
Brewing with a French press is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to step-up your coffee game and consistently brew great-tasting coffee. This method is known for producing smooth, rich and earthy flavors that make it hard to go back to your traditional coffee maker. The French press is an unfiltered, immersion brew method. This means that coffee is brewed while totally submerged in water and without filtration. The French press uses a metal mesh filter, rather than a standard paper filter, which allows oils extracted from the coffee from brewing to be poured directly into your cup instead of being filtered out. These oils contribute to the rich flavor that the French press is known for. Many coffee experts recommend using a light or medium roast for French press coffee as more flavors are extracted from these roasts.
French presses come in many unique styles and sizes. Choose anywhere from a two to eight-cup French press and from an array of styles and colors to match your preference. You can purchase a French press at most big-box stores, numerous coffee shops, or online.
What you’ll need:
- French press
- Coffee grinder (preferably a burr grinder)
- Kettle or any method to heat water to 200° F
- Spoon or Stirrer
- Small-batch, premium coffee
The Perfect French Press Coffee
Coffee/Water ratio (grams): 1/15
Water temperature: 200° F
- Fill French press with hot water to prime the glass. This ensures consistency in temperature for the brewing process.
- Pour out hot water.
- Add coarse coffee grounds to the French press.
- Add hot water (200° F) to the French press. Never add boiling water to the coffee.
- Kindly stir the coffee and water.
- Place the plunger lid on top and slightly plunge to ensure that all of the coffee grounds are submerged in water. This prevents a crusty layer from forming on top of the coffee.
- Let sit for 4 minutes.
- Gently plunge the grinds to the bottom of the French press
Cold Brew with a French Press
Coffee/Water ratio (cups): 2/3
Water temperature: Room
- Add 2 cups of course coffee into the French press.
- Add 3 cups of water.
- Using a spoon, soak the coffee into the water (no need to stir or mix the coffee and water).
- Place the lid on the French press (do not plunge) and let sit for 12 to 24 hours.
- Gently plunge after the coffee sits for 12 to 24 hours.
- Add ice to a cup and pour (add water, milk or creamer to your taste or liking).