We’re excited to share another coffee brewing method, and this one’s a classic - the French Press!
This recipe will teach you how to make enough French press coffee for 2-3 cups. Depending on the size of your press, you could go for more or fewer servings, but try to stick to a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. Grab your cup, your grounds, your press, and let’s get started!
Step 1: Prepare and grind 40g of coffee to a coarse texture. The quality of your grinder matters here, as you get a uniform grind size for even extraction. Add the coffee grounds to your empty French press coffee maker.
Step 2: Boil water in a kettle. If you can set the temperature, put it to 205 degrees Fahrenheit, the hotter end of the appropriate water temperature for coffee. Otherwise, boil the water and let rest for a minute. Quickly but gently add 1-2 cups of water to the press. Be sure to only add a little at first; just enough to make the grounds wet. This pause will help the coffee’s flavor to open up and develop. After half a minute, pour in the rest and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon – metal can create small cracks in the glass of your French press.
Step 3: Put the lid on top of the press, but don't push down just yet. Give the coffee around four minutes to brew. Use a timer, as too little or too much time will over- or under-extract your coffee, and not be an ideal cup. Then carefully press the plunger down until it almost reaches the bottom. Make sure you push gently to avoid the risk of glass cracking.
Step 4: When finished, immediately serve your coffee. If you don't drink it all straight away, pour the rest into another thermal container to save it for later. You do not want to leave the coffee in the French press, as the beans will continue to extract and become sour.
Et voila! Your French press coffee is ready. If your beverage is too weak, we recommend increasing the coffee-to-water ratio or brewing time. French presses give you a lot of space to experiment and find your best formula – you can even use it for your next cold brew recipe!