A French press (also known as coffee press) is used to make coffee by the user pushing down a piston into a coffee jar with a filter attached. This process separates the coffee grounds from the hot water to extract the flavor. French Presses are manufactured in many different sizes and are usually made of plastic, metal or glass. A more portable option is a French-press cup allows the coffee drinker to make a cup of coffee at home. The cup works the same way as traditional French press, and can be used whenever the coarse coffee grounds and water are available. It is a simple and relatively inexpensive to make coffee. To see which type of grinder is good for French press coffee, click here
Choosing the Coffee Beans
If you want a coffee with high levels of caffeine, try selecting the one that is lightly roasted. This is because the lightly roasted beans have more caffeine content as compared to the heavily roasted ones. Although each roast differs, the lightly roasted ones are said to possess a less bitter taste and possess sweeter undertones as compared to the darker ones, which possess deeper flavor.
Something super important is the grinding of coffee beans. While choosing coffee for a French press, make sure the coffee beans are coarse ground. Unlike drip coffee pots and espresso which involve a finely ground bean for coffee, you need the one with larger granules. Too finely ground beans will result in settling of sediment in your cup of coffee. A coarser grind allows the filter to block unwanted particles and ensures complete separation of liquid from sediment. Regardless of the method of preparation of coffee, it is quite important that you always use fresh coffee beans, and you must always grind the beans instantly before using them for brewing.
- Pour about 2 tbsp. coffee grounds per 8 oz. of water in the French press cup. If you want to prepare a cup of coffee, then you have to grind sufficient amount for a tablespoon of grounds. For more cups of coffee, you can continue adding extra tablespoons of grounds.
- Boil tap water in a medium saucepan. The temperature of boiled water must be within the range of 190-200 Fahrenheit. If you do not have a thermometer, boil water and let it stand for about 30 seconds. The amount of water needed depends on the size of the French cup and press the desired amount of coffee. Experts recommend use filtered water to remove any impurities. Impurities diminish the taste and can add off, metallic taste to the coffee.
- Pour the boiling tap water in the French press cup. Leave about 1 inch of space at the top of the piston chamber.
- Stir the contents of the cup with a spoon. This will remove the coffee grounds that are settled on the cylinder of the cup.
- Set the lid of the cup on the top portion of the French press. The lid contains the filter assembly and a long rod or plunger. The piston must be pulled up until it is completely glued on top of the lid.
- Allow the coffee to brew for 2-3 minutes.
- Push the plunger. The rod must remain straight and constant amount of pressure should be applied. Finish the process by pouring into your coffee mug. Enjoy!!