How to Use A French Press Coffee Maker

The French press, sometimes called the press pot, was invented in the 19 century in France and remains popular to this day, providing millions of people around the world with an amazing cup of coffee every day. There are several steps you need to follow to make your coffee in the French press. However, the rules are not rigid, and you can personalize your morning cup of coffee.

French press produces a delicious and rich cup of coffee, and the good news is that it is fairly inexpensive and not as complicated to use as you might think. This step-by-step guide given below will help you enjoy a cup of wonderfully aromatic French-pressed coffee.

French Press Coffee Maker

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The Temperature Of The Water

The water doesn’t need to be scalding hot to extract the goodness from the ground coffee beans. Boil the water and wait for a couple of minutes for it to cool down. If you are impatient, you can cool it down slightly by adding a bit of cold water.

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In order to extract the best taste, use water from the tap (or a bottle) that has not been previously boiled. This advice is often given out by coffee connoisseurs. They claim that using water that has been previously boiled makes the coffee taste more flat, so if you have a particularly sophisticated palate and you can tell the difference play it safe and use fresh water.

Also, it is recommended to pour a bit of hot water into the cold French press and swirl it around to warm it up a bit.

Grind Your Own Beans

Even non-connoisseurs can tell the difference between the cup of coffee made from freshly-ground beans and coffee that was made from pre-ground beans. The strength of aroma and the flavor is just undeniably superior with the freshly-ground beans. And it’s not like it will take you a long time to do it; 30 seconds at most.

The coarse grind is better than a really fine one.

Ideally, the particles will be uniform in size and quite large so that they don’t push through the filter. However, the pieces shouldn’t be so large that you cannot extract all of the flavor. If the pieces are too coarse, you will end up with bland and weak coffee.

If you like stronger coffee, then adjust your grind size so that the particles are just large enough for the mesh to catch them but still small enough to release the wonderful flavor.

Coffee To Water Ratio

Use two tablespoons of coffee per cup of water. As a rule, each average cup of Joe (which is approximately 8 ounces), requires two tablespoons of coffee. You can adjust these measurements. It all depends on how strong you want your coffee to be (it is recommended not to go above three tablespoons).

How To Mix The Ingredients

Place your coffee in the French press and pour hot water over it as evenly as possible to make sure everything’s covered. A chopstick is a great tool for stirring because if you use a metal spoon you can create some microcracks in the glass of your French press. Next, cover your French press and allow the mixture to steep. Don’t let the mesh filter come into contact with the mixture because this will cause it to cool.

Steeping Time

To get an average cup of coffee, you will need to sleep it for about four minutes. If you like your coffee strong, you can steep it for up to 10 minutes. If your French press is small (12 to 16 ounces), you will probably need to steep your brew for just two minutes. There are people who prefer not to steep their coffee at all and are ready to pour and enjoy it after a few seconds. In the end, it is all up to you.

How To Use The Plunger

Make sure that your plunger is upright and is pressing down vertically; otherwise, the coffee particles will slip through the filter. Use just the weight of one hand and press down on the plunger slowly. If you press down too quickly, it will stir up the dust and force the tiny particles through the filter. Pour it in a cup and enjoy. You do not need to pour the entire content of the French press into the cup. In fact, it is recommended to leave a bit of it behind to minimize the coffee dust in your cup. You can add milk, sugar, or anything else your heart desires into your cup. And that’s it really! Enjoy your freshly pressed cup of coffee!

Don’t Forget To Wash The French Press

Once you have finished enjoying your cup of coffee, don’t forget to wash the French press. The droplets of oil the coffee particles contain can go rancid in the French press and ruin the flavor of your next cup. Washing the French press after each use ensures that each cup of coffee tastes just as delicious as the first one. If your French press is dishwasher safe than washing, it requires no effort at all.

Some more information and tips relating to the French press.

A French press comes in many different sizes. Smallest ones usually can hold 12 ounces of water, and larger models can hold up to 48 ounces of coffee. Keep in mind that 10 to 20% of the content of the French press will be wasted, so always go for a slightly larger one than you think you need.

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French presses are usually made from glass, which is susceptible to shattering; however, there are some unbreakable models on the market as well.

If you see the word “cup” written in the product description, it usually means “little coffee cup” that holds 4 ounces of liquid and not the standard cup that holds 8 ounces.

As for the coffee grinders, there are two types of those: blade and burr. In general, blade grinders are cheaper, but the coffee particles they produce are irregular in size because they don’t tend to have grind size settings. If you want to enjoy your French press to the maximum, it is recommended to use burr grinders.



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