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How To Brew The Perfect French Press Coffee

All the coffee lovers in the world know that nothing matches the delicious taste of a fresh coffee cup in the morning right before going to work. However, due to the endless ways that exist nowadays when it comes to preparing coffee, choosing the best out of all of them is not something easy. The one thing most coffee lovers agree is that one of the best ways of making a great coffee is to brew it using a French press.

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In order to do this, you need the following things:

  • A French press
  • Coffee beans
  • A scale for small weighs to measure the coffee and the water
  • A timer

Brew French Press Coffee

Here is how to prepare a delicious cup of coffee using a French press:

1. Boil the water

Boiling the water before pouring it in the French press is very important. The temperature of it is very important, but here’s a tip: instead of fiddling with a kitchen thermometer, just boil the water in a kettle and then let it sit for 1 or 2 minutes.

Before pouring the whole water into the French press, pour just a bit of it in the container. This way, the container will be warm and the brewing process will not lose too much heat on the cold container. It is advisable that you do the same for the coffee cup so your coffee will stay hot for longer!

2. Grind the coffee beans

Use a burr grinder for this step and keep in mind the following thing:

If the coffee is – too strong, the grind you made is too fine.
–  too weak, the grind you made is not fine enough.

It’s advisable that you play around with the burr grinder for a while. No coffee drinker is the same and while some prefer a strong coffee that will wake them up instantly, others prefers a milder one. Try all the settings and see which one fits to you.

3. Measure the quantities

Do you remember that kitchen scale I mentioned? This is the part where you need it. Measuring the right quantity of water that is to be used with the right quantity of coffee is the trick part. This is not an exact science and once again, it all depends on how you prefer your coffee to be. Here are some of the most used options though:

– A ratio of 10:1, which means at every 10 grams of water, you add in one gram of coffee;
– A ratio of 18:1;
– A ratio of 15.1:1 – this is the most popular choices and one of the most recommended one;

4. Use the French press

After boiling the water, grinding the coffee and measuring the quantities, it’s time to use the French press. Now, there are two ways of using it, both of which are used by the experts. Try them both and see which one suits you best:

Pouring the water in two steps

This method requires putting the coffee in the French press first and then adding in only 1/3 of the water. After starting the timer and mixing the coffee with the water, add in the rest of the water slowly and place the plunger in the French press.
Let everything sit for 4 minutes, watching the timer closely to make sure you don’t go over the limit. Press the plunger down in the French press. Keep in mind that time is of the essence in this case.  After the 4 minutes are out, pour the coffee in the cup.

Pouring all the water in at once

This method is similar to the first one. First you place the coffee in the French press, then all the water and let it sit. Don’t put the plunger in just yet! Start the timer for 4 minutes.

If you will look in the French press now, you will see that some of the coffee grinds are now on top. Remove them and then place the plunger in the French press and push it down.

Enjoy the coffee!

Pour the coffee in the cup you prepared and voila! When are you going to try some freshly brewed French press coffee?

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