One of my favorite ways to brew coffee is with a French Press. This is how I have my first cup every morning.
I find the French Press brings out the flavor of the beans in a way that gets me moving in the morning so I can push through a long day of creation.
To get the perfect cup from a French Press these are my guidelines:
1️⃣ Measure: Getting the right amount of beans is important. A good rule of thumb is the 10:1 ratio (10 grams of water to every 1 gram of coffee)
2️⃣ Boil: The water should be around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a water heater with settings this makes it much easier to get the right temp. If not bring the water to a boil and let sit for about 2 minutes before adding to the French Press.
3️⃣ Grind: You’ll want a coarse grind for you beans when using a French Press. As always, you should grind from whole beans for the fullest flavor coffee!
4️⃣ Pour: Add your ground coffee to the French Press and slowly pour the hot water over the grounds.
5️⃣ Stir: You’ll want to stir the grounds into the water to make sure all the grounds make contact with the water. You should use a wooden spoon or stirrer for this step.
6️⃣ Brew: Let the coffee brew for about 3-6 minutes. I usually let mine sit for 5.
7️⃣ Plunge: Gentle!! You don’t want to plunge too face or with too much force. The slower you plunge the more oil/flavor will be extracted into the brew!