Although there are numerous methods for making coffee, how to use french press is still among the most widely asked questions. For first-time users, though, the exquisite piece of equipment may be intimidating.
Additionally, it may take you several pots to get the hang of it and figure out the perfect coffee-to-water ratio.
Cradling a cup of the rich, intensely flavorful brew that a French press produces is well worth the risk.
Here are some pointers on coffee ratios, the ideal coffee to use, and how to operate a French press.
How to Use French Press Properly
For a milder brew, start with 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of coffee beans and 2 cups (16 oz) of water; adjust the proportions and add more coffee if desired.
Remark: Should you be without a coffee grinder, request that the individual in charge of the coffee department at your neighborhood coffee shop or grocery store grind the beans for your French press. A generous 1/4 cup of pre-ground coffee can be used.
1. Prepare the Water
Boil some water in a kettle. While you grind your beans, warm the boiling water in a 4- to 8-cup French coffee press. Bring the kettle back to a boil after adding another two cups of water.
2. Grind Your Beans
Using a coffee grinder set to the coarse setting, grind the beans until they resemble coarse sugar or sand.
3. Prepare Water for Brewing
After the kettle boils, take it off the heat and leave it for 30 seconds to get the perfect temperature for the French press. An excessive heat level may result in a burnt flavor in the brew.
4. Steep the Grounds
Empty the French press of its heated water. Fill the bottom with the measured coffee. Add one cup of the hot water, cover (do not press), and allow to sit for one minute.
5. Gently Stir and Steep Again
After a minute, use the wooden spoon handle to gently stir to break up the coffee layer on top. Add the final cup of hot water.
Depending on how strong you like your coffee, add another 3 to 4 minutes after placing the French press top on (do not press down). As preferences vary, try different things until you find your ideal goal time.
6. Press the Coffee Grounds
Press the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot by slowly depressing the plunger. As a general rule, your coffee is probably ground too fine if it is extremely difficult to press.
If it drops effortlessly, your grind is most likely too coarse. Somewhere in the middle is a sweet spot of resistance.
7. Serve the Brewed Coffee
Serve coffee immediately with milk and, if desired, sweetener. It is best to transfer the coffee to a thermos or carafe if you plan to wait for a second cup and aren’t sharing the pot.
It will continue to brew in the press and may get overly strong or bitter if you leave it there.
How Does a French Press Work?
All of the brewing water and all of the coffee grounds are in contact with one another for most or all of the brew time when using a French press coffee maker.
This process is known as immersion brewing or steeping. It doesn’t take much work on your part, so this is a very forgiving method of making coffee, but it does help to know why and how you’re doing things.
Coffee has a lot of dissolvable solids, including thousands of flavor compounds and organic acids, which are what give it its distinctive flavor. Water is known for dissolving materials.
The purpose of the coffee brewing container is to optimize this process by letting the water and coffee do what they do best, which is to combine and create delectable results right in front of your eyes.
Can Regular Ground Coffee Be Used?
Of course! Give it a shot! Try it out and let us know what you think. A French press only has one type of grind setting because it isn’t built in.
The longer brew time of the French press is one of the reasons that many recipes call for a coarser grind.
Coffee will release more flavors from the grounds the longer it is in contact with water, but there comes a point at which the flavors become overly bitter.
What is the French Press Ratio?
We advise brewing coffee at a ratio of 1:16 to water at first, then adjusting to taste in subsequent brews. You can achieve the ideal ratio by brewing with your French press set on a kitchen scale.
Note: Although many French presses advertise themselves as “4 cup” or “6 cup” presses, this typically refers to a “serving size” of 4 ounces per coffee cup rather than the conventional 8 oz measurement.
We advise weighing in grams or determining your press’s fluid ounce capacity to keep things consistent.
Making coffee with a French press is a simple, inexpensive, and tasty method. It makes sense that this is one of the most widely used manual brewing techniques.
Even for novice coffee makers, following this recipe in its entirety and making good use of the useful calculators and advice will result in delicious French press coffee!