French press brewing is a classic and easy way to make coffee at home. With minimal equipment and a little practice, you can produce a full-bodied and flavorful cup of coffee.
What You'll Need:
- A French press
- grams / ounces of High-quality, freshly roasted coffee beans
- A burr grinder (optional)
- A gooseneck kettle (preferred)
- A timer
- A scale
- A stirring utensil (optional)
- A thermal carafe or insulated mug for serving
- Water (Total Water Needed: g/oz)
Start by heating your water to the appropriate temperature for French press brewing, which is around 195-205°F (90-96°C). g/oz of water
Tip: Using a gooseneck kettle can give you better control over the water flow, which can have an impact on the coffee extraction.
- Measure and Prepare:
Measure grams / ounces of coffee and prepare your coffee beans by grinding them to a coarse consistency using a burr grinder, or order any of our high-quality coffee beans ground specifically for French press brewing.
Preheat the French press with hot water and letting it sit for a minute, then drain the hot water.
Tip: The consistency and uniformity of the grind is crucial in French press brewing, as it affects the extraction and overall taste of the coffee.
- Bloom the Coffee:
Add the coffee grounds to the French press, then tare or zero the scale.
Add enough water to just saturate the grounds and give the French Press a quick swirl, and then wait 30 seconds. During this time, carbon dioxide is released, causing the coffee to bubble and expand.
Tip: Blooming ensures a more even extraction and a fuller, richer flavor in the cup.
- Add Water and Steep the Coffee:
Add the remaining water to the French press based until it reaches grams / ounces.
Start the timer for four minutes and let the coffee steep in the French press. Stir the coffee gently to ensure that all the grounds are fully saturated with water.
- Plunge and Serve:
Once the timer goes off, slowly press down on the plunger until it reaches the bottom of the carafe. Pour the coffee into your mug and enjoy!
Tips for Success:
- Use freshly roasted coffee beans for the best flavor
- Use water that is between 195-205°F (90-96°C)
- Use a ratio of 1:16 coffee to water to start
- Make sure your coffee is fully saturated with water during the brewing process
- Experiment with different coffee origins and roast levels to find your preferred flavor profile.