A French Press is one of the best methods for brewing your daily cup of coffee. It is simple, elegant and produces a rich and flavorful brew. While making French Press Coffee is not as easy as simply “adding water and waiting,” if you follow these three steps, you will be on your way to brewing an excellent cup of French Press Coffee. The most important considerations are to start with clean equipment, use filtered or bottled water (do not use distilled water, however, as it does not have the necessary mineral content to bring out the flavors in coffee), and measure and time to your tastes with precision and consistency. With some practice, you will be able to produce an ideal cup of coffee consistently using a French Press.
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Step 1: Boil Water (195 °F - 205 °F)
Water temperature is extremely important when making French Press Coffee. It is not enough to simply boil the water it has to be at the right temperature to create the best brew. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is 195 degrees Fahrenheit to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a thermometer to measure the temperature, you can determine an approximate temperature in the following way: Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. If you allow the water to sit for a couple of minutes after it has come to a full boil, it will cool to the ideal temperature. Pour the water directly over the coffee grounds in the French Press carafe.
Step 2: Grind Your Coffee Beans (use Coarse Grind)
The beans you pour the water over should be the freshest roast of beans you can find - ideally roasted within 3 days of purchase. The type of bean will depend on your preference in taste. For instance, coffee lovers who prefer a complex, rich flavor may choose a Sumatra dark roast or a French roasted blend. Grind the beans you purchase to be coarse. Too fine a grind will make for a bitter brew, while too coarse will cause the coffee to be weak. Try grinding at 8 to 10 seconds, and experiment from there to find the right grind for you.
Step 3: Brew and Wait (ideal Time - 4 Min.)
Recommended brew time for French Press coffee is 4 minutes. From the moment you pour the water over the grinds, time the brew. Experiment to discover what your ideal brew time is. Some coffee lovers prefer a French Press brew time of 3 minutes, for instance, while others swear by 5 minutes. You will find your ideal time with some trial and effort.
Step 4: Pour and Enjoy!
Pour and enjoy :)