It is often said that “A gentleman is always ready to serve coffee at a moment’s notice”, it’s not much of a problem if you know how to brew French press coffee. The main reason for survival of French press is its simplicity in design and the easiness to use it.
And today we are going to discuss the best way and several pro tips of making French press coffee.
However we must also insist that the taste of the coffee depends a lot on the device being used to brew it. The size and the mechanism of the mesh defines, whether some coffee grounds will pass through and make the coffee bitter testing or not.
If you are planning to upgrade or buy a new coffee press, then definitely check the previous article on the best French Press reviews.
Using a coffee press is quite simple and that is the reason its main competitor is the drip feed coffee maker. However, a drip feed coffee maker generally uses a paper filter (if not customized) as compared to the coffee press that, which absorbs some of the natural flavors of coffee.
If you are newly introduced to a coffee press you must be wondering, what is a coffee press and how does it differ from other coffee brewing methods. We will provide you with a short but useful brief about what a coffee press is and how it differs from other brewing methods.
What is a Coffee Press?
A coffee press is a simple manual device to brew coffee easily from coarse coffee grounds. The coffee brewed using this method is generally strong and has more flavors as the coffee oils gets well dissolved into it.
Generally all the coffee press devices consist of four basic parts and they are as given below:
- Carafe: This part holds the warm water or the brewed coffee, and is also the place to operate the plunger. These are generally either made up of stainless steel (High Quality Devices), Borosilicate Glass (Mid Range Devices), or sometimes Plastic (Cheap Products: Not recommended). It is totally dependent on you, which one you would choose depending on the budget and frequency of use. However they have been mentioned in the decreasing order of their quality.
- Plunger & Filter Screen: The plunger and filter screen does the job as described; it is used to filter the coffee grounds from the brew. Some of the best devices we reviewed has double or triple filter, This ensures that no coffee grounds pass through into the brew and hence doesn’t make the coffee bitter.
- Frame with handle: The frame with handle helps to hold device while brewing the coffee. These parts are generally made up of heat insulated materials and some has rubberized finish for good grip.
- Top Lid: The top lid serves two purposes. Firstly it helps to cover the top and hence keep the coffee warm during the brewing process. Secondly, it acts as a support for the plunger to work by keeping the plunger rod guided, through the center hole.
How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker?
Here are the exact listed steps to brew coffee using a French Press coffee maker:
Step 1: Heat the required amount water to 185 to 190 degree F, and also remove the plunger along with the mesh filter.
Step 2: Measure the coffee using teaspoon, the rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of coffee for 1 cup of coffee. Also make sure the coffee is coarsely grounded so that it does not pass through the filter screen easily.
Step 3: Once the water reaches the desired temperature, pour the water and start stirring till the coffee is mixed evenly.
Step 4: Now place the top lid along with the plunger and let the coffee sit for 4-5 minutes.
Step 5: Once the time is up, gently dip the plunger and extract the coffee.
Step 6: Now you are all ready to serve the coffee. You should immediately serve the coffee, to prevent it from getting bitter. In case you want to store the coffee, transfer it to a thermos.
Pro tips you need to remember while making French Press Coffee:
- Temperature: You need to control the temperature effectively both during heating the water before pouring in the carafe and during the brewing process.If the water is over heated during pouring the coffee will get scalded and will taste really bitter. Also in the same way, if too much of heat escapes during the time of brewing and serving, the coffee will taste bland.
- Soft water: The coffee that we drink is 99% water, so it can be easily understood that if the water is hard and has some unwanted taste from the dissolved salts of hard water, it will mask the original flavor of the coffee. Hence always make sure to use pure soft water while brewing coffee.
- Double Walled: If your budget permits, definitely go for a double walled brewer, as it will minimize the heat loss during the brewing and hence will keep the taste of the coffee fresh.
- Consumption Time: The coffee brewed using this method should be consumed immediately as the taste tends to deteriorate with time. The best thing to do is to consume it within 10 minutes. In any case if you want to store the coffee, make sure to pour it out of the brewer and store in a separate thermos. Else it will get bitter with time.
- Measurement: The general rule of thumb is to use a teaspoon of coffee for a small cup. However if you want to go for a full carafe you should add 8 teaspoon for a 32 ounce pot.
- Coffee Texture: It is always a requirement to get coarse grounds for a French Press coffee maker. If you get finely grounded coffee, the particles will pass through the wire mesh and will make the coffee bitter in taste.
- Protect Yourself: The wall of the pot gets extremely hot once you pour the water, make sure to touch the handle carefully while brewing the coffee, else you might burn yourself.
- Heat insulated Spoon: While stirring the coffee, make sure to use a heat insulated spoon. If you are using a metal spoon, it will get heated up in an instant and will burn your fingers.
- Cleaning The brewer: After you have enjoyed the coffee, make sure to clean the brewer immediately, as the wire mesh can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria if left out for long time. You can also read more about effectively cleaning coffee machines here.
- Dishwasher safe: In case you are using a dishwasher, make sure your device is dishwasher safe. Otherwise it might damage both the coffee press and the dishwasher machine. You should be able to find more info about it in the documents supplied with the brewer.