This is the easiest alternative to the machine method. Most French presses work the same way, with you placing the grounds in the carafe, adding the hot water and then plunging the filter to finish it up. It is easy insofar that you do not have to babysit it the whole time, after adding the water you just wait 3-5 minutes for the coffee to brew and then filter it. It is usually recommended to use a coarse grind for a French press, so that the grounds should not get past the filter. The coarser the grind is the longer you need to let it brew in order to get the most flavor out of the coffee. Since most French presses use a metal filter you do get the advantage of letting in the essential oils and flavors that usually get trapped in paper filters. The disadvantages are, that you do get a cloudier coffee then the pour-over method. This Method does give a lot of body to the taste.
Step 1: Measuring
The most flexible part of coffee making, and arguably the one that affects the taste most. For a medium strength coffee, you should measure out 1.75 tablespoons per (5oz) coffee cup. If you’re using whole beans it will be about 8.75 gram. Check our calculator for more details.
Tip: The best grind for a drip coffee would be a coarse grind about the texture of breadcrumbs. Use a burr grinder for the best results.
Step 2: Warming (optional)
This step is optional, but helps to get the right temperature coffee. Boil double the amount of water you plan on using and pour half into the carafe, let sit for a minute and then spill.
Tip: Let your water sit for a couple seconds to a minute after boiling before pouring into press. Optimal brewing temperature is about 200°F.
Step 3: Blooming
This is by far the most overlooked step in coffee brewing. Spoon your ground coffee into the press (give it a little shake to flatten it out). Then gently pour twice the amount of water that you have coffee – for example, 40 grams of water if you have 20 grams of coffee. This will make your coffee expand a process called blooming, releasing the most desirable flavors from the grounds. Let sit for about 30 seconds.
Tip: Use filtered water for the best tasting coffee.
Step 4: Brew
Now it’s time to add the rest of the water. Brew for about 4 minutes. Stir gently if you see the coffee clumping or swimming on top. After the four minutes, gently press the plunger all the way to the bottom.
Tip: You can go up to 8 minutes with a really coarse grind.
Step 5: Discard the grounds
Once the coffee finishes brewing take out the plunger and throw out the used grounds.
Tip: To ensure long lasting results, clean the filter with water immediately after use.
Step 6: Finally – Enjoy your coffee
Just pour into your favorite mug and enjoy the best tasting coffee you ever had.
Tip: Cafetiere coffee tastes best immediately after brewing.
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