French Press is an ideal choice for nice-tasting coffee, but you can even make it nicer and nicer with some tips. My honest article today will reveal you some tips to perfect your French Press coffee. Let’s follow.
1) Brewing Instructions
What you need
To make 32 ounces of coffee (or 3 to 4 servings), you need to prepare:
- 1/2 cup of freshly-roasted coffee beans
- 4 cups of cold water
- A burr grinder
- A French Press (It is suggested preparing the device with the capacity of at least 32 ounces)
- A stovetop kettle or an electric kettle
- Thermometer ( This device is not compulsory.)
- A long spoon
Once the ingredients and the tools are ready, it’s time to start brewing. And here are detail steps to conduct the process. Let’s follow carefully to get fine result in the end.
1. Add A Proper Amount Of Coffee Beans
Prepare about 1/2 cup of coffee beans in. (If you want to make less than 32 ounces, the amount maybe less)
2. Grind The Coffee Beans
Grind the recently-prepared coffee beans, using the coarsest setting in a burr grinder. In case you do not have a burr grinder, then you can sharp pulses in a blade grinder instead, with pause after couple seconds to overturn the grinder and shake it constantly while grasping the lid on. At the end of the process, the coffee grounds should be coarse and rough, but in uniformly-sized and shouldn’t have too much fine grit. In other words, the coffee grounds of ideal size and shape can be described as “breadcrumbs.”. And now, place those grounds into the machine.
3. Boil The Water, Then Let It Cool In 1 Minute
Prepare 4 cups of water. (Or, less if you intend to brew less than 32 coffee ounces,). Boil the water in the stovetop or electric kettle prepared before, and then let it cool in about 1 minute before brewing the coffee. The ideal water temperature now is 195°F. If you want to make sure that the water now is in correct temperature, check again with a thermometer. Alternatively, if you have an impressive newer kettle which has custom temperature settings, simply select button of “coffee.”
4. Pour The Water Into The Machine
Pour the whole 4 cups of hot water into the machine
5. Mix The Content
Make constant up and down motion to stir the content of water and ground coffees – Overturn within 4 minutes
Let the machine overturn in 4 minutes for a robust brew.
6. Plunge The Machine
As the timer gives signals of being off, compass the whole plunger to the bottom. And now the coffee is ready for you to enjoy.
2) What To Note?
Although the instructions above are good, you still should refer to some note to make sure that the process will end with your desired result and you do not have to invest too much effort or trials. There are two notes for you to consider.
1. Make The French Press First
We didn’t include this step above to make things simple and you won’t get confused, but it makes great contribution to fine coffee in the end. If it is possible I mean if you have enough time, spend some minutes heating the water to boiling then wash and dry the brewer, using that hot water to warm the brewer.
2. Make Use Of A Carafe
If you are too busy to drink the coffee once after it is made, do not let it stay in the brewer as it will become bitter. The solution here is to pour it into a thermal carafe to keep it warm for long.
3) Brewing Process
There are some points you need to remember during brewing time for the great coffee in the end.
Measuring The Coffee
There are two ways to measure coffee, by weight and by volume. And it is commonly believed that weighing is better than using volume. But in case of French Press, the two ways are equally fine. So we will present both of the methods.
Measuring By Weighing
There aren’t any fixed rules about the brewing ratio for French Press because machine can produce great tasting coffee in spite of different measurement. But it is commonly recommended the ratio of between 10:1 and 18:1. If after trying this ratio, you want some difference for your own taste, let’s try until you find the perfect flavor.
Measuring By Volume
When it comes to using volume, the recommended starting point is 1 tablespoon of coffee for each 4 fluid ounces of water. Some stronger recipes recommend 3 ounces of water each 1 tablespoon. And you may add more amount of coffee to suite your own desired taste. And here is a general range to start.
- 3 to 4 tablespoons for Bodum 3 cup (12 ounces)
- 4 to 5 tablespoons for Bodum 4 cup (17 ounces)
- 9 to 10 tablespoons for Bodum 8 cup (34 ounces)
- 13 to 15 tablespoons for Bodum 12 cup (51 ounces)
Grinding Coffee And Heating Water
Before grinding the coffee, you should heat up some water. And remember that French Press is best-matched a coarse grind.
Pouring Coffee And Water Into French Press
Pour the ground coffee first. About the water being heated, let it boil, then wait about 30 seconds for it to lower to around 200° F- that is an ideal water temperature. During the waiting them, set the timer and then pour the water over the coffee grounds.
As your add water into the machine, you may find a bloom at the top which make the coffee clumped or not in contact with the water. To minimize this, slowly pour water in a controlled manner.
Stir or Not?
Yeah, while the water is slowing poured, you cannot completely avoid coffee grounds which are clumped at the top and not in contact with water. Make a gentle stirring solve the problem.
After that, vertically put the plunger on top of the coffee pot, do not press it down immediately. This will reduce heat loss.
Pressing Down Slowly
French Press often brews coffee in the range of 2.5 and 6 minutes, of which the most commonly cited time is at the point of 4 minutes.
Personally, I prefer 3.5 minutes which allows complete extraction and rich but not too heavy coffee to me. And you yourself can also decrease this number to for your personal preference.
When it’s time to press down the plunger, do this gently- slowly and evenly. Let some but not too much resistance. If you do not make any resistance, then remember to grind a little finer at first. And if get used to making very strong pressing down, then you should use a coarser grind at first.
This point simply means pouring and enjoying your coffee. Coffee brewed by French Press comes with some sediment. I really do not like it and I often leave ½ to 1 inch of coffee in the press pot to avoid it. Also, I leave the last drops each mug. Actually, the sediment is not matter, but I want to enjoy coffee in the way that the last coffee drops are as good as those at the first.
4) Possible Issues Of Bad Coffee And Solutions
During the time using French Press, you must have made some mistakes, which results less-than-wanted coffee. So here, to make sure that you can still have perfect coffee, we would like to present some of the common mistakes and equivalent solutions.
The reason behind this problem might be too coarse ground, so grind it a little finer in next times. In addition to this, remember to let the coffee steep within 3 to 4 minutes.
This issue is normally caused by too fine ground, so use coarser ones next times. In case the coffee appears dark roasted, next time, use fresher coffee and decrease the brewing temperature to 195 F.
Too Strong Coffee
Apply the 3-minute-steep. Do not leave the brewed coffee in the glass beaker after brewing. Transfer it to a thermal container. Also, remember that if you get used to drinking drip coffee, French Press coffee will taste stronger at first.
This problem is commonly related to the filter. When the filter is not well-fit against the glass, it makes chance for the coffee sediment to go into the upper chamber. That maybe the case that the filter is damaged, so purchase a new one and replace.
French Press coffee is great, but it always leaves more sediment in comparison with traditional brewers do. That is because it has a tighter filter. So to deal with this issue, cut up the paper filter.
Too Long Waiting For The Water To Boil
Heat water is necessary for a nice French Press coffee, so it’s so annoyed if it takes too long to have the water boiled. So to shorten waiting time, do not you’re your kettle completely. If the issue doesn’t improve much, think of investing in an electric kettle. It is the best choice you can make.
Unstable grind means some of your coffee is coarse ground while some is fine ground. This is a common problem among the machine of $20 blade grinders. So to solve this issue, try with a better grind for a blade grinder. And a burr grinder is the best option.
French Press deserves our investment, but make it more perfect by following the suggestions above. A lot of users do and gained amazing result. So are you ready to give a trial?