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How To Brew Coffee With a French press

Learn how to master the art of brewing coffee with a French press.

 

Brew Coffee With A French Press

how to brew with a french press

The French press is a popular and trusted method of brewing coffee. This is probably because it is so easy. But that doesn't mean you can't still screw a mug of French press up... because you can.

First, after you are done brewing--about 4-6 minutes total--pour all of the coffee out of the French press. If it sits, it will over-extract. 

Second, let your grounds "bloom" a bit by pouring enough hot water over the grounds until all the grounds are wet and letting it sit for 60 seconds. This lets the coffee release various gasses, contributing to a better tasting brew.

The final tip for not screwing up a French press brew is to use a coffee to water ratio of about 1:10 or 1:12. If you are using 300 grams of water, use 30 grams of coffee.

The Method

Tools:

  • French Press
  • 300g Hot filtered water at 205°
  • 30g Fresh Coffee Ground to a coarse grind (about the size of coarse sea salt)
  • Timer

Method:

  1. Rinse French press with some hot water then discard.
  2. Add grounds to press and pour hot water over grounds until grounds are all saturated
  3. Lightly stir grounds and let bloom for 30-60 seconds
  4. Pour rest of water over grounds, stir and let brew for another 3-4 minutes
  5. Push plunger all the way down and pour out all of the coffee. (If you leave the grounds in the water, it will over-extract.) 

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