There are thousands, if not millions of ways to get excited over coffee, but at the end of the day what we want, is simply a nice, hot, delicious cup of coffee to get our engines running in the morning.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to make coffee is the French press. And in this post, we’ll show you how you can make one on your own from the comfort of your own home instead of having to buy one. In fact, you can get your own homemade coffee to taste just as well as the ones you get from your local coffeehouses.
Making French Press Coffee
Here are the ingredients and equipment that you need to make French Press coffee:
- 1/2 cup freshly-roasted coffee beans
- 4 cups cold water
- Burr grinder
- French press should hold at least 32 ounces
- A stovetop kettle or an electric kettle
- Instant-read thermometer (optional)
- Long Spoon
Now before you go on to press the grounds and extract every drop of delicious oil, let the coffee steep in hot water to bring out its full flavor. While it’s fairly easy to brew coffee in a French press, it requires a bit of practice in order to get it just right.
If you’re a newbie at this, you must learn how to grind coffee beans first. After all, freshly ground beans is what makes the best coffee, no matter what brewing method you’re using.
- Add coarsely ground coffee, specifically ones that are freshly roasted and ground, to your carafe. Be sure to use one tablespoon per serving.
- Put water in a kettle, boil it and then let it cool to 205°F. Use one cup per tablespoon of grounds.
- Pour half the water from the kettle into your French press, and then allow the coffee to bloom for about a minute.
- Pour the remaining hot water and then let it sit for at least three minutes to help the coffee steep. And if you desire a stronger brew, just let it steep a little longer.
- Gently press the plunger using only the weight of your hand as much as possible.
- Immediately serve for the best flavor.
Cold French Press Brew
If you enjoy cold coffee instead of hot, especially if you’re getting through the seething days of summer, we can help you out with that. All you have to do is:
- Add a tablespoon of coarse coffee grounds per serving to the carafe.
- Add a single cup of room temperature water per serving and then stir.
- Put both the lid and plunger back on without pressing down the plunger.
- Store the French press in your fridge overnight.
- Use the weight of your hand to depress the plunger and presto! You’ve got a nice, chilled, French press brew in the morning.
Tips on How to Brew the Best French Press Coffee
Other than giving your coffee time to bloom and steep properly, you can do something extra to ensure you always get the best French press brew.
- Use hot water to rinse your French press carafe to warm it up before brewing your coffee.
- Once the brewing is complete, be sure your coffee isn’t left in the French press. Immediately pour it into a carafe so it doesn’t keep brewing and turn bitter.
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- Use the ratio of one cup of water to one tablespoon of coffee grounds per serving. The key to delicious French press coffee is balance. It won’t turn out great if you use either too much or too little water.
- To prevent old grounds from getting stuck in the bottom of your French press, be sure to keep it clean before you brew the next time..