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French Press: How-to Guide

August 31, 2013

A simple, classic device that brews a full-bodied cup characterized by essential oils and fine sediment. The French press has become a staple in many homes around the U.S. It’s simple to use and requires little effort on the brewer’s part.





Need:





French press







Coffee nerd options:





Grinder, scale, timer, thermometer







Recipe basics:





Brew time: 4 minutes

Temperature: 205 deg F

Grind setting: Coarse

Ratio: 1:14 coffee to water





Below measurements are interchangeable. For example, you can use 24 g of grounds to produce a 12 oz cup of coffee.



































Size of Press



Coffee measurement



Water measurement



3 cup



24 g



350 g





4.5 T



12 oz



4 cup



32 g



500 g





6 T



17 oz



8 cup



64 g



995 g





12 T



34 oz



12 cup



96 g



1490 g





18



51 oz








The basics:





1. Add coarsely ground coffee to the press.





How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 1







2. Add just enough hot water to fully saturate the ground coffee and allow the coffee to bloom for 30 sec.





How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 2







3. Add the rest of your water before resting the plunger assembly on top of the carafe and waiting an additional 3 min. 30 sec.





How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 3







4. Press slowly.





How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 4







5. Fully decant into a mug or server in order to prevent overextraction. Enjoy! 





How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 5







For further exploration:





  • To minimize heat loss during brewing, preheat your press and mug. In addition, consider opting for a double-walled press or otherwise insulating the carafe.
  • To minimize sediment in the cup, some coffee professionals recommend removing the crust that forms atop the coffee immediately before plunging.
  • Plungeless French pressing. Pour through the [raised] screen to minimize agitation.
  • Lastly, some people have experimented successfully with adding paper filters to the plunger’s mesh filter.




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