While it may seem intimidating at first if you have never done it before, but it is rather easy to understand how to use a french press. There are just a few things that you should know to ensure that you have the best possible results. As long as you follow these tips you will have the great tasting coffee that you have been looking for.
One of the most important steps in getting to know how to make french press coffee is to ensure that the entire french press is free of any residue. If soap was used to clean it you will want to be sure to rinse it repeatedly with very hot water to guarantee that there is no soap that remains on the surfaces. You will also want to be sure that there is no residue of coffee from previous uses. Any remaining coffee will cause the coffee that you brew to have a bitter taste, which is clearly not desirable.
The next step is to grind your coffee beans. It is ideal to use the beans and grind before each use so that you get the best, most fresh possible flavor. If the beans are ground in advance they slowly lose their aroma and can even eventually taste stale. Having a small grinder on hand makes it rather easy to grind them before each use. The most recommended grinder for this purpose is known as a burr grinder.
There are various recommendations as to how much coffee you will want to use based on the size of your french press. However, this really is more of a matter of taste. It is something that you will want to experiment with until you find the potency that best meets your desired strength. A general rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon per cup, but that can be adjusted however you see fit.
Next, you will want to boil your water. It is important to remember that you will want a little more water when you begin than what you plan to make. This is because some of the water will evaporate during the boiling process. It is always better to have too much water after boiling than too little, as you will not get the results that you are looking for.
After the water has come to a rolling boil you will want to remove it from the heat source. The ideal temperature to brew coffee in a french press is 205 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just 5 degrees cooler than the temperature at which water boils. If you have a thermometer you can use that to accurately gauge the temperature. If you do not, you can simply let the water sit for 30 to 60 seconds to cool slightly before pouring it over the grounds.
You will then want to pour half of the water over the grounds. Once you have done so set a timer for 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom. After that are up you are ready to stir and the rest of the water. You can then put the lid on the french press and let the coffee stay for 3-5 minutes. Be sure that when you do the plunger is fully raised.
After the 4 minutes are up you are ready to push down the plunger. Make sure that you do so slowly so that all of the coffee grounds are brought to the bottom and separated from the liquid. You are then ready to pour your coffee into your mug or thermos. Be sure to do it right away so that you have the best taste possible.