French Press Coffee Recipe: How to prepare a French Press Coffee?
If you love intense coffee or looking to try something a little heavy body, this brewing method is for you.
Prepare a rich and full-bodied cup to satisfy your palate at any time. If you have never used a french press before, no worries; it is a very easy and practical brewing method to make coffee.
French Press Brew Guide
We will start with a single cup size (12oz), but depending on the size of the French Press you have at home, you can multiply accordingly to get a perfect result.
If you do not have a french press but want to try it, check out the Bodum French press.
What grind is used in the French Press?
You should use coarse ground coffee, like sea salt, maybe at the coarsest setting on your grinder.
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How to use a French Press?
You will need the following:
- 20 grams of coarse grind Killer Coffee
- 350ml / 12oz hot water
- A French Press. They come in many sizes, but the most popular models make about 2 cups of coffee.
- Place the French Press on a flat surface, hold the handle firmly, and pull the plunger up and out of the carafe.
- Pour a little hot water into the carafe (about 90ºC/195ºF) to preheat the glass. Discard the water after a few seconds.
- Add 20 grams or 3.5 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee.
- Pour the hot water filling the glass about 1/4 full and let the coffee bloom start; after 30 seconds, stir with a wooden spoon.
- Continue pouring the rest of the water until it is about 3/4 full, leaving some room for the plunger on top.
- Leave for four minutes to brew, then slowly lower the plunger pushing the ground coffee to the bottom. Leaving the plunger pressed to the bottom, turn the lid to open the spout and pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee.
If you taste the coffee and the body is watery and the taste acidic, make the grind a little finer. If you see that the infusion is bitter and has a chalky body, grind it coarser. This drink is very balanced and works best with medium roast coffees.
And that's it! If your feeling fancy or want to be a pro, get your scale with a built-in timer to prepare a consistent cup.
Remember that recipes are not written in stone, and you can play with ratios; we recommend not going under 16 grams or over 30 grams to have a balanced flavor in your cup of coffee.
What type of roast is recommended?
You can use ANY roast; since we are talking about an immersion method, you can control the extraction time for a light roast, dark roast, or medium roast, although we prefer the latter.
In addition, we highly recommend getting your grinder to grind your beans in small quantities and right before brewing. The best option is a burr grinder, offering an even result than using a blades grinder that is not consistent with coffee particles.
The French Press is the perfect low-maintenance brew method for lazy weekend mornings. It also offers an intense flavor and heavy body since it doesn't filter out the natural oils, giving you a richly flavored brew.
This coffee maker is very simple to use and the most constant and easy to repeat, which is why it is found in many coffee-tasting laboratories of roasting companies.
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