The French Press is a simple and inexpensive way to make a quality cup of coffee. It delivers a brew with a strong body.
Although it is called the French press the first patent for it was created by Attilo Calimani from Italy in 1929, not France. So maybe refer to it as just a coffee press around Italians. Making coffee with a French Press is pretty straightforward but there are a few important details that make a difference.
As always, you want to use freshly roasted coffee, preferably roasted to order. And of course, it is recommended to buy your coffee as whole beans and grind it every time right before brewing. For the French Press, a coarse grind about the grain size of sea salt is required. A burr grinder will make this easier and more consistent. Blade grinders tend to break off tiny grains of coffee which can over infuse and lead to bitter flavours.
What you’ll need:
- French Press
- Fresh coffee, ground mid coarsely
- Hot water
How to make it:
- Firstly, warm your French Press by using some hot water. This will help keep the temperature of the brew steady as the coffee infuses into the hot water.
- Make sure to measure how much coffee to put in your press. You want to have a ratio of 15:1, 15 parts water to 1 part coffee grounds.
- Heat your water to 96° C. An easy way to do this is to wait for your water to boil then let it sit off the heat for a minute at room temperature.
- Put the coffee grounds in the press and pour in enough water to cover all the coffee. Saturate all the grounds by swirling them around with a spoon or stick.
- Stir again after 1 minute and add the rest of the water. Put the top on but do not press down yet.
- After 4 minutes, press the plunger all the way down.
- Serve and enjoy!