Brewing Guide: French Press
- 8-cup French Press
- 1 L kettle
- Burr Coffee Grinder
- Tablespoon, 1/2 cup, or scale
- 2 coffee mugs
Heat 1 liter of water in the kettle to 205 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it sit for 30 seconds.
* You will need to fill the French Press with 830 mL (about 3 1/2 cups) of water, along with 110 mL (about 1/2 cup) water for rinsing in Step 2.
Warm up the French Press by rinsing it with hot water (about 110 mL or 1/2 cup).
Measure out 49 grams (about 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup) of coffee.
Coarsely grind the coffee using the burr and add to the empty French Press.
* You can use coarsely pre-ground coffee instead, however grinding the coffee fresh will taste much richer and be more aromatic.
Pour the water about halfway in the French Press. Start the timer and let it brew for 30 seconds.
* This step is called the bloom, where the hot water releases gases in the ground coffee and causes it to expand. A thick crust of coffee will form.
Once the timer hits 30 seconds, stir the coffee gently for 5 seconds to mix the coffee grounds around and break the crust.
Pour the remaining hot water over the coffee and fill to just below the spout, leaving 1 inch of space at the top. Place the lid on the French Press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Let the coffee steep until the timer reads 4 minutes.
Slowly press the plunger all the way down to filter the grounds from the coffee. Pour the coffee immediately into two coffee mugs.
* The clean the French Press, add a little water to the grounds, give it a good swirl, and empty into the trash or compost bin.