A long-time favorite for in the coffee world, the French Press produces a brew that is full-bodied, viscous and silky smooth. Needing nothing other than hot water, freshly-ground coffee, and a few minutes for preparation, pressed coffee is a low-maintenance option that results in a heady cup.
Here is our step-by-step process for a perfect cup from your French Press.
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What You'll Need
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1. Measure and grind 18-21 grams of beans per 8oz cup of coffee.
Note: If you don’t have a scale, use 2 heaping tbsp per 8oz cup of coffee.
Measure your coffee on a scale per cup of brewed coffee.
Grind to medium coarseness (coarse sand texture)
Set aside while the water boils.
2. Bring your water to a boil.
Note: Use a kitchen thermometer if you have one.
Bring your water to a full boil (204°)
Allow water to cool for 30-45 seconds to reach 197-200° (Pouring immediately at boiling temp can scald or over-extract the coffee)
1. Pour ground coffee into your press.
2. Start the timer (4 minutes) and begin pouring water.
3. Slowly pour enough water to cover the coffee so that no pockets of dry grounds are visible.
This is known as "blooming" the coffee.
4. Wait 30 seconds, watch in amazement as the gases are released from the coffee. (gassy = fresh)
Note: Take care here. How you treat your bloom will largely determine how the rest of your cup turns out.
5. Stir at 1 minute to ensure full saturation of coffee, and top off with water if needed.
6. Let the brew steep for 3 more minutes.
7. Gently plunge the strainer when your timer finishes.
8. POUR IMMEDIATELY after pressing to prevent over-extraction.
9. Serve in your favorite cup or mug and enjoy your big-bodied brew!
Notes from Speedgoat:
The Ratio. While Speedgoat recommends a 15:1 water to coffee ratio, the ratio can be adjusted. In our experience, 15:1 is a great place to start for our coffee but you might find a little more or a little less to be better for you.
The water temperature. If you really want to be precise in your brewing, you can monitor the water temperature throughout the entire process.
The Time. Your total time from bloom to cup should take about 4 minutes. Because it’s an IMMERSION technique, letting the French Press brew too long could result in an overly intense, murky cup.
Need any of the supplies above? Here are a few important items for pressed coffee:
Bodum Chambord French Press (pictured above)
Bodum Columbia French Press (Insulated)
Hario Buono Electric Kettle (pictured above)
Escali Kitchen Scale (pictured above)
Curious about grinders? Check out the blog!