In this Post, We explain How to Make French Press Coffee, Step-By-Step! It's easier than a drip or a pour-over method of coffee brewing. It can also be more enjoyable.
Sipping a cup of coffee warms a shivering soul. Just the smell of a fresh cup of coffee can do wonders for anyone. For coffee-lovers, being able to access and make coffee is a calming and soothing experience.
Besides your standard or High-End Coffee Maker, There are many ways to prepare your favorite cup of Joe. Using the French Press is a simple yet rewarding way to make great tasting coffee.
There are still plenty who would ask, “How to make French press coffee?”
The French coffee press is also called a coffee press or cafetiere. It is cylinder-shaped glass that comes with a steel plunger. The end of the plunger comes with a mesh filter that allows coffee to pass through and holds down larger grounds.
In different types of brewing methods, the volume of coffee you brew and the coarseness of your grounds will impact the time of the water that saturates the coffee. When using drip, pour over and espresso brewing, the time of brewing must also be considered. The French press is also a simpler device compared to the cappuccino machine.
On the other hand, all these factors are irrelevant when you prepare your coffee using a French Press. You can use it when you want one cup or several cups of coffee. You can use whichever type of coffee grounds you wish, you can stop brewing in ten seconds or ten minutes. Regardless of the usual coffee brewing variables, using a French press does not affect the taste and quality of your coffee regardless of grind size, brew yield and time.
How to Make French Press Coffee – The Details
Using a French Press creates an entirely different ambiance when it comes to brewing coffee.
When you use pour over or drip brewing method, it's like using a convection oven.
The hot water quickens up the energy transfer in the coffee chemistry set. But with a French Press, it is slower.
You are not adding more hot water, so the energy that drives the diffusion of the flavors is lessened. This results in a slower and gradual brewing. Preparing your coffee this way allows for a gentler brewing proposition.
Compared with other brewing methods, a French coffee press is less complicated than others and gives a fuller-flavored brew. Your coffee comes with a syrupy body and a deeper kind of sweetness.
The mesh filters in French presses do a great job of keeping the larger grounds. But there will be a few powder-like grounds of coffee often called fines which will make it through the filter and stay in your brew. Don’t let these fines distract you from enjoying the fuller-flavored brew. It also gives French pressed coffee the sensation of richness and viscosity. This is not a device for making a latte or a cappuccino. If you are wondering “what is a cappuccino?”, it is made from espresso and requires an espresso machine.
And as with other methods of brewing, using the French Press entails experimentation and tweaking of the variables. You should test out results until you settle on an ideal coffee output. But using the French press is definitely more forgiving than other quicker brewing means.
To prepare your cup of coffee using the French Press, it's pretty simple and just takes a few simple steps:
Heat, preparation, grind, bloom, pour, press, serve and enjoy!
The first step in brewing coffee using the French Press is by preheating the carafe. Pour boiling water into the French Press to warm it and help the temperature of the water stay consistent throughout the process.
While warming the French Press heat fresh water to 200 F. This can be achieved by bringing the water to a boil and letting it stand for 30 seconds, otherwise, you can use a thermometer to check the ideal temperature of the water.
You will need about one tablespoon of ground coffee for each cup of coffee that you want to prepare. While there is no particular standard for measuring, follow your own preferences and your taste. You can use more grounds if you want stronger brews, or you can use less if you want it weaker. The French press is not capable of making espresso. You can read our espresso machine reviews for the best home brewing machines.
Grind freshly roasted coffee to achieve the consistency of coarse sea salt. With a consistent grind, you will get even coffee extraction. If you experience difficulty in pushing the plunger at the end of the brew, go for a slightly coarser coffee texture next time.
For French Press coffee, a burr grinder is an excellent choice because it gives a consistent ground every time.
Discard the hot water that you used to preheat the carafe. Add the fresh grounds according to the number of cups you are preparing. Pour hot water over your coarsely ground coffee. Pour just enough to soak the coffee grounds to an estimated 1 part coffee and 2 parts water.
Soon as hot water meets the coffee grounds, the CO2 in the coffee is released and expands. This is what they refer to as the “bloom.” Once the gassing-off is complete, the grounds will be more receptive to absorb water.
Allow some 20-30 seconds to complete the bloom while you admire the amazing aroma that comes with it. Once done, give your coffee a quick stir for the coffee to be completely saturated.
Pour more water over the mixture until about an inch below the rim. Keep in mind that one factor that affects the coffee quality is the right ratio of water and coffee. Attach the plunger on top and push down the middle. Doing this will ensure that the grounds are evenly saturated. This will also help prevent the formation of any surface crust from the dry grounds. Let your coffee stand in the French Press for around 4 to 5 minutes.
The recommended brewing time when using the French Press can range from 3 to 6 minutes, with the most commonly cited at 4 minutes. Like what was previously mentioned, you can adjust, tweak and experiment with these variables when preparing and perfecting your brew.
Some advice pressing after three and a half minutes to get a full and rich extraction without being heavy. Some coffee grounds like Indonesian and Java grounds can have a full 6 minutes to achieve the perfect brew. It is really all about personal preferences.
Make sure that you have your timer on hand when waiting to press for your coffee, some people tend to get distracted during this waiting time.
When it comes to pressing the plunger down, do it carefully and gently. Make sure that you push down evenly. There should be a slight resistance but not much. If you don’t experience resistance at all, you may need to grind your coffee beans a little finer, but if it's too hard to press down, go for a coarser ground.
Serve and Enjoy
Now it is time to pour your coffee and enjoy it. Coffee prepared with a French press will have sediments and to minimize it, remember to leave about 1 inch of coffee in the carafe. You may also avoid sipping the last mouthful of coffee from your cup. While most pressed coffee lovers do not mind the sediments, these can distract those who are not used to having their coffee prepared using a coffee press.
Now if you are new to using the French Press for your coffee, you might experience some issues and probably get a not-so-perfect tasting brew.
Here are some common issues and tips to help you find where you could have missed out.
Troubleshooting your French Press Coffee!
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My Coffee Tastes Weak.
You might have a grind that is too coarse for the flavor to come out. Try grinding the coffee a little finer and make sure that you allow your coffee to steep for around 3 to 4 minutes before you press down the plunger.
My Coffee Tastes Bitter.
Using a very fine grind can lead to a bitter-tasting brew. Try using a coarser coffee ground. If you are using dark-roasted coffee, make sure that it is fresh ground and bring the brewing temperature to about 195 F.
My Coffee Is Too Strong.
If you feel like your coffee can come off too strong, reduce your steep time to 3 minutes. Don’t let your coffee stay inside the carafe brewing. Transfer it to a thermal container or brew only what you need. Also, take note that French press coffee tastes richer if you are used to drinking drip coffee.
I Have Gritty Sediments.
You might have a problem with your filter. It may not be snug against the glass so the sediments go into the upper chamber. The filters may also become damaged over time. Check and see whether you need a replacement.
Now if you think you’ve achieved a great tasting coffee, but the sediments are too distracting, you may consider getting a tighter filter than those that come with the French Press. You can also get a paper filter which you can put over your cup to filter your coffee better.
I hope I've helped you learn how to make french press coffee. Once you’ve learned and mastered the art of pressing, you find that using the French press is an easy and convenient way to prepare great tasting coffee.
You can experiment with the variables to achieve different strength in brewing. You can even use your French press to make cold coffee brews.
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