Introduction: French Press Coffee (The Easy Way)

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A french press is a device that is used to brew coffee, and many people have told me that they are 'hard' to use, but taste really good.

I was interested in this, and since I needed a new coffee brewing unit, I decided to try one out.

I bought a 3 Cup french press from Canadian Tire, and it works really well, but before I got this one, I had a different model that broke before I got our of the parking lot. When you go to buy a french press, get a decent one.

When I got it home, I tried it out with the new Just Us brand beans (the absolute best beans I have ever had, sorry Folgers), but they weren't ground, and I didn't but a grinder that day, the first thing I used was a food processor, and it worked alright, but my grinder is much faster and easier.

This is how to use a french press, for ultimate freshness, grind just enough beans for each cup, and use nice beans.

Check out my blog where you can find things like this and other tech mods at ModPurist.ca

Step 1: Preparation

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What you will need:

French Press

Kettle (for hot water)

Coffee Beans (Just Us brand is best in my opinion)

Coffee Bean Grinder (Unless you get pre-ground beans)

Coffee Mug (The uglier the better)

Before you do anything, the first thing you should do is start the kettle, since it takes time to get up to the right temperature.

After that get your beans ready, grind them to be coarse if you want to avoid any grinds getting in to your coffee. Personally, I grind my beans really fine, this makes the grinds sometimes get into my drink, but I am used to that, I just like the strong taste.

Most french presses have a little scoop with them, but if yours doesn't it should be around 7 grams/cup, which works out to around 7 ML/cup.

Step 2: Brewing

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Once your beans are ready, put them into the bottom of your french press, then pour in the hot water.

Let the coffee brew for about 2-5 minutes, then you are ready to do the pressing.

If you are short on time, you can stir the brew, but it is best to let it set.

Step 3: Pressing

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The next step is the most fun, many people will ask me if they can do just this part since its fun to watch. Pressing the coffee is the most crucial step, but still fairly easy.

Put your press/lid part into the beaker part, and then slowly press on the handle, until you get to the bottom.

Easy enough eh?

Step 4: Pour

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Pour out your new cup of coffee, add toppings/spices/sugars, and enjoy!

Might I suggest that you try whipped cream on your coffee!

Check out my blog where you can find things like this and other tech mods at ModPurist.ca

Step 5: Cleaning

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To clean your french press, first you can rinse all the grinds you have left over from the press/lid, and the beaker. often the press will unscrew to let the screen come off, and you can then rinse off all of the remaining grinds.

Sometimes I will remove the beaker from its holder, and put them both through the dish washer, you can also put the assembled press/lid in too, or take it apart and wash it inside of something that will hold it all from getting lost. I usually just rinse it out since I use it every day.

Comments

chloecatkins (author)2015-09-16

Cleanup tip: I use a large fine mesh strainer, into which I rinse the top/lid and add some water to the grounds in the bottom of the pot, then empty it into the strainer. You risk clogging your plumbing if you simply run them down the drain. You can then add these coffee grounds to your compost bin or add them directly to your soil. Tomato plants especially love coffee grounds!

BeachsideHank (author)2015-03-16

We've used a French Press for years, would never go back to a Mr. Coffee- type machine either. We do 3 tablespoons for a 2- cup brew, when done, we do not throw out the grounds, we add one heaping tablespoon to the remains and re- brew for a second cup and enjoy one for the road. You'd be surprised, but there is a decent 2nd visit to the grinds, just as there is when infusing tea for the second time, so save some money and enjoy the reward.

amberrayh (author)2015-03-16

Hi TheRealDanielJ! Thanks for posting this. I find that cleanup is the hardest part of using a french press. Any tips for easy clean up? Great 'ible! Your coffee w/whipped cream looks yummy!

TheRealDanielJ (author)amberrayh2015-03-16

I do have tips for clean up, I will post them as another step! Thanks for the idea!

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