A French press coffee maker is one of the most popular ways around the world to make coffee. It’s fast, easy and tastes spectacular. Read on to find out how to make French press coffee at home.
The better taste of French press coffee is related to it’s brewing method: immersion brewing. A French press or cafetiere uses a stainless steel coffee filter screen and typically a glass carafe and metal or plastic housing. The advantage of immersion brewing is that it gives you a richer cup.
When coffee beans are roasted, they release coffee oils. These oils hold a lot of the body and richness, and they’re trapped in paper filters.
As the coffee grinds are fully immersed in a French press, it allows a fuller flavor extraction from the coffee beans.
The water temperature for brewing coffee in a French press is very important. The perfect brewing temperature for coffee is 190-195F, or around 95C. Never use boiling water to brew coffee as it can burn the coffee beans. You will notice a scorched and off-flavor, masking the natural flavours of the coffee beans. If you don’t have a thermometer, get water to a boil, and allow it to stand for approximately 1 minute before adding to your coffee for brewing.
Always use course ground coffee to prevent grains from slipping by or plugging the stainless-steel filter. Fine ground coffee can plug up the screen and pose a safety hazard when pressing down the plunger.
Follow our quick step-by-step guide on how to make French press coffee.
1. Heat the water
Heat your water to around 195F / 95C. Boiling water can scorch the coffee beans so its best to use water about a minute off boil to get the true flavor from the coffee beans.
2. Add your coffee
Add coarse ground coffee beans to the French press and pour the water over. Make sure to soak every corner
Give a gentle stir using a wooden or plastic spoon
Place the lid on the beaker. Leave the plunger in the “up” position, just enough to push the top of the floating coffee grounds into the water.
Wait 3 to 4 minutes for the coffee to brew, according to your taste preference.
Slowly and gently press the plunger down with some light pressure. Pressing too fast can cause hot water to spurt out of the spout or around the lid potentially causing injury, and it can also lead to fine grinds blowing by past the stainless steel filter resulting in gritty coffee.
Allow the beans to rest for another 30 seconds to release their flavour. This also helps settle any fine grit that may have come from uneven grinding, and found its way pas the french press filter screen.
Pour your French press coffee into a cup, and enjoy.
Now that you have your French press coffee instructions, and you know how to make french press coffee, you can experiment with amount of coffee and brewing time. Remember to maintain a coarse grind size to get it just perfectly brewed for you.
A French press is very versatile! You can also use it to make loose-leaf tea or to make cold brew coffee. The MADRID 4-in-1 Brewing System makes hot coffee, cold brew coffee, hot tea and iced tea.
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