The French Press gives you a rich, full-bodied cup with lots of oils. While you can brew any coffee in it, it lends itself best to the darker roasted coffees.
What you’ll need:
The Classic 8 cup French Press
A Burr Grinder
56g of coffee ground on coarse
Scale and a Timer
A small Spoon or Paddle for stirring
Clean, Hot Water (200-205°F)
- Heat the water and rinse the Press. Dump the rinse water.
- Grind the coffee on Coarse.
- Place the French Press on the scale and add the ground coffee.
- Tare the scale.
- Hit the coffee with 100 grams of water (and start your timer) to wet all the grounds and cause the coffee to bloom. (When the coffee is freshly ground, you’ll see quite a dramatic bloom as all of the grounds become oxygenated and the gases in the coffee are released) Bloom for 30 seconds then gently stir to ensure even wetness.
- Add remaining water and fill to top.
- Place the plunger on top of the Press and at 4 minutes press down firmly and slowly.
- Immediately pour all of the coffee into awaiting cups or into a decanter. This avoids over extraction of the coffee which leads to bitterness.
- Toss the coffee into the compost and enjoy a rich, delicious cup of coffee.
Despite the name, the first press may not have been invented by a Frenchman. The first patent for a press pot bears the name of an Italian. Regardless of its origin, the French Press has become a favorite brew method throughout the world.