How To Use a French Press - Make The Perfect Cup Every-time

If you have been searching for not only one of the easiest but also a tasty way to brew coffee, stop looking, we have your answer. The FRENCH PRESS. Due to it being a full immersion brewing method with a long steeping time, the French Press creates an intense full bodied cup which is perfect for brewers looking to add a splash of milk. Did I mention the best part? You can buy French Presses ranging from 1 cup, if its just yourself looking for coffee, to a 10 cup if you decide you want to throw a coffee party.

 

Creating your recipe

Strength is determined by the ratio of coffee to water, increasing the amount of coffee increases the strength. This ratio is often expressed like "1:13" where 1 is coffee and 13 is parts water. Ultimately strength comes down to a matter of personal taste and there is no right or wrong choice. 

To find out how much coffee to put into your desired sized french press, simply select a ratio from below and divide the volume of your vessel by the water ratio part and round up. i.e. My french press is 900ml and I prefer a bold coffee, 900ml divided by 10 is 90. This means that I will need 90g of coffee in my brew.

1:10 ratio that will produce bold, thick and heavy flavours.

1:16 ratio that will produce lighter, subtle and tea like flavours.

What you need:

A french press

A set of scales

20g of fresh, well roasted coffee

An electric kettle 

Step 1 

Boil fresh water in an electric or stove-top kettle. If using an electric temperature kettle, set the temperature at 99ºC.

Prepare and grind 20g of coffee to a coarse setting. The texture should be similar to flakes of rock salt. Add the ground coffee to your empty french press.

Hot Tip- 

Seriously hot water is one of the most important elements of a great french press coffee, you want the water to be at a rolling boil before adding it immediately to the coffee.

Step 2 

Quickly add 300g of boiling water to the french press

Stir the slurry gently so all grounds are completely saturated.

Put the lid on top of the french press, but DON'T plunge, let it brew for 4 minutes.

Step 3

After four minutes has passed, remove the lid and scoop the layer of brown foam and coffee grounds that are left on the surface of the french press.

Replace the lid, plunge and pour immediately into cups or another vessel for serving.

Caution

If you cannot plunge the french press gently with two fingers, stop immediately. Some glass vessels can crack and break under high pressure. This is normally a sign that your grind is too fine and needs to be coarser.