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A Complete Guide to French Press Coffee

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For a lot of coffee lovers, making the perfect cup of Joe every morning is a sacred ritual to start the day off right. There are different ways to make a delicious coffee but undoubtedly the beauty of French press coffee is its simplicity. Not only is it a classic way to brew coffee but a French pressed coffee is one of the easiest ways to make coffee.  

If you enjoy a perfect brew every morning. Our step-by-step process will help you enjoy some delicious French Press Coffee at home.

Tools:

French Press
12g of coarse ground coffee (Approximately a teaspoon)
200 ml hot water

Process:

Preheat your French Press and coffee mug with hot water for about 30 seconds, then throw out the hot water.

Add the coffee grounds into the French press, make sure that the grounds are evenly distributed.

Pour 40ml of hot water (90 – 93 degrees Celsius) in spiraling motion over the grounds, stir it 10 times to ensure that the grounds are evenly immersed in water.

Let the coffee in there for 30 seconds

Pour the remaining water into the French Press

Put the lid and leave and let the coffee infuse for 4 minutes

Gently lower the plunger and plunge for over a minute. Slowly plunging is the key to a great brew

Pour the coffee into a mug or tumbler right away to avoid over extraction of the coffee which makes its taste bitter

Handy Tips:

Coffee to Water Ratio: To avoid over extracted and under extracted coffee you need to us a range of coffee to water ratio. If you use 1g of coffee and 1ml of water your coffee to water ratio is 1:1. For best brews you need to maintain 1:12 and 1:17 coffee to water ratio.

Water Temperature: The ideal temperature for brewing coffee in a French press is 90 – 95 degree Celsius (195-205 Fahrenheit) If you do not own a thermometer the easiest way to this is to bring water to complete boil on a stove or in an electric kettle and then remove it from the heat and allow the water to sit for 30 seconds. This should make the water perfect for brewing.

Water Quality: Entirely focusing on the quality of the coffee beans is a usual mistake that everyone tends to make. One of the easiest ways to improve your coffee brewing water is to put it through a charcoal filter.

Cleaning: Clean your French press immediately after each use to prevent a stale coffee taste for your future. While a soap scrub isn’t necessary after every brew, use plenty of warm water to get all the coffee off the filter and the carafe.

The French press is one of the simplest and easiest way to brew coffee and there’s nothing quite like it. Now it’s your turn, grab your own French Press and brew barista style coffee at home.

Happy Brewing!

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