How to Make French Press Coffee: A Beginner's Guide

How to Make French Press Coffee: A Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of freshly roasted coffee! If you're new to making coffee with a French press, you're in for a treat (filter coffee is one of my favourite ways to enjoy coffee). This method is simple, requires minimal equipment, and produces a rich, flavourful cup of coffee. Follow these easy steps to brew your perfect cup.

What You'll Need

  • French press
  • Freshly roasted coffee beans or ask for the beans to be ground for filter
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scales
  • Kettle
  • Water
  • Timer
  • Spoon
  • Mug

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Measure Your Coffee and Water

Start by measuring your coffee and water. A good starting ratio is 1:15 (one part coffee to fifteen parts water). For example, if you use 30 grams of coffee, you'll need 450 milliliters of water.

  1. Grind Your Coffee

Grind your coffee beans to a coarse consistency, similar to sea salt. Freshly ground coffee makes a big difference in flavour, so use a burr grinder if possible.

  1. Boil the Water

Boil your water and let it cool for a minute. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is around 93°C. If you don’t have a thermometer, just wait 30 seconds after the water reaches a boil.

  1. Add Coffee Grounds to the French Press

Place the press onto a set of scales and add 30g of ground coffee.

  1. Add Hot Water

Zero the scales and pour 450ml of hot water over the coffee grounds, making sure to saturate all the grounds evenly. Pour in a circular motion to ensure even extraction.

  1. Stir and Let Steep

Give the coffee and water a quick stir with a spoon to mix the grounds. Place the lid on the French press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes. You can adjust the steeping time to taste, but 4 minutes is a good starting point.

  1. Plunge the French Press

After 4 minutes, press the plunger down slowly and steadily. Apply gentle pressure to avoid any grounds escaping into the brewed coffee.

  1. Pour and Enjoy

Pour the coffee into your mug immediately to prevent over-extraction. Enjoy your freshly brewed French press coffee!

Tips for the Best French Press Coffee

Use Freshly Roasted Coffee: Freshly roasted beans yield the best flavour. Look for a roast date on the packaging and aim to use the beans within a few weeks of roasting.

Experiment with Ratios and Times: The 1:15 ratio and 4-minute steep time are guidelines. Feel free to adjust these based on your taste preferences.

Preheat Your French Press: Pour hot water into the French press to preheat it before adding your coffee and brewing water. This helps maintain the optimal brewing temperature.

Making French press coffee is a straightforward process that can yield delicious results with a little practice. Enjoy experimenting and discovering the flavours that freshly roasted coffee can offer!

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