Using a French Press

We Love Using a French Press to Brew Our Coffee!

This is the primary way we prepare coffee! There are many advantages

  • No paper filters to dispose of, to absorb aromatic coffee oils or to impart a “paper taste” to the coffee
  • Total control over water temperature and brew time, unlike the auto-drip coffee maker that is rarely at correct brewing temperature (195-200 degrees) when the water hits the coffee.
  • Its simple, easy and quick
  • Its fairly easy to clean up
  • More body in the cup

Coffee fanatics and connoisseurs maintain that French Press coffee is the best way to experience the daily grind. French Press coffee is a very simple way to achieve an extremely rich and robust cup of coffee.

The Process:

Measure two level tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. Water selection is another topic entirely, but common sense should prevail: the higher quality the water, the better your coffee will taste. Fill the tea kettle cold water and bring the water to a boil. When you pull the water off the flame, it will cool slightly and it will be just a bit under 212 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 100 degrees Celsius at one atmosphere of pressure). Pour the water directly into the French Press over the coffee grounds.

Put the French Press lid on the pot, but do not depress the plunger yet. Putting the lid on the French Press will ensure that your coffee will retain heat for the appropriate amount of time. Let the coffee “steep” – i.e. leave it alone – for 3 to 4 minutes. This time window is long enough to extract all the positive flavors from the coffee without any bitter / negative flavors extracted.

The coffee grounds will swell during the steeping time. After the appropriate amount of steeping, gently press the French Press plunger down. The mesh filter will push the coffee grounds to the bottom and separate the liquid from the coffee grounds. Pour the coffee into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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