- How to Make Beautiful French Press Coffee
- 1. Grind the Beans Properly.
- 2. Use the Correct Amount of Coffee.
- 3. Remove Coffee from the French Press after Pressing.
- Roundup: Best French Press Coffee Grinders – Manual and Electric
How to Make Beautiful French Press Coffee
While not everyone is a fan of the French press, it’s one of the easiest methods of brewing your own coffee at home, and if you do it right, produces a great tasting cup of Joe.
As we mentioned in our home coffee guide, the single most important aspect of making great coffee is the grind quality. By avoiding these common mistakes you’ll be sure to get the best brew every time.
The beauty of a French press is its simplicity — grind your coffee, add hot water, and go. But even with an easy task, things can go wrong; despite its simplicity, brewing in a French press isn’t always easy.
Here are three common mistakes people make when brewing French press coffee.
1. Grind the Beans Properly.
When using a French press, you want your beans to have a coarse, even ground. Also don’t forget ground coffee spoils very quickly, usually after 2-3 days. So you’ll want freshly ground beans, produced from a high quality grinder.
You’ll know when the grounds are too fine or too coarse by pressing the filter down. If grounds are too fine, you’ll have a hard time pressing downwards. If you can push the filter with little resistance, then the grounds are too coarse.
2. Use the Correct Amount of Coffee.
The true art of making a delicious French press is the coffee-to-water ratio, and because you’re extracting, timing is important as well. A general rule of thumb for French press coffee is in the range of 1:10 coffee to water ratio: that is to say, 1 gram of coffee for 10 grams of water. This ratio varies according to your preferred taste, but most coffee drinkers find 1:10 is the sweetspot.
3. Remove Coffee from the French Press after Pressing.
If you leave your coffee in the French press after it has finished brewing, you’re probably going to drink bitter coffee. That’s because even though you’ve pushed down the plunger, the beans continue brewing.
You want to drink your coffee right away, so your best solution is to make the exact amount of coffee you’re planning to drink.
If you know you’re going to want more than one cup, and you don’t have the time to brew a new batch for your second round, brew a larger serving and after plunging, immediately pour the leftover coffee into a thermos so it remains warm.
Roundup: Best French Press Coffee Grinders – Manual and Electric
Baratza Virtuoso – Best Grinder for Making French Press
I use the coarse grind for my french press, the results are great even when it’s not on the coarsest setting.
In my opinion the leading coffee grinder for producing french press at home. Baratza Virtuoso grinds much coarser than 99% of machines on the market. While Baratza specialize in grinders specially for espresso, the Virtuoso includes Preciso burrs which are capable of coarse grinds, which is perfect for french press.
It’s easy to clean and capable of producing 50g of ground coffee in under 90 seconds.
Hario Skelton – Best Manual Grinder for French Press
I’ll be honest, if you want the consistent french press results an electric grinder is practically a must. But if your budget is limited, or you just really like manual grinders – there are more options.
For a low price the Hario Skelton uses an aggressive burr set that’s incredibly fast grinding at coarser settings. Just be aware – at finer settings it will take more turns (and more time). By itself the Hario will make a nice cup of french press, but the results can be inconsistent.
That’s why Orphan Espresso have created a modified bearing setup that takes 10 minutes to fit onto the Hario. So for around $50-60 dollars this manual grinder combo makes a great cup of french press every time.
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