The French Press utilizes a full immersion brew method for preparing coffee. By using a French Press, your coffee will maintain a fuller body and a rich flavor profile. When using a full immersion brew method, it is extremely important to have a timer to monitor the brew time. Although being one of the easiest brew methods, it is also one of the easiest methods to produce overly extracted coffee by brewing the coffee too long.
Measure out one rounded tablespoon of coffee (approx. 6.5 grams) for every 4 ounces of water. A typical 4 cup French Press will hold 16 ounces of water. For 16 oz water, you will need 26 grams of coffee.
Boil your filtered (but not distilled) water, and set it off to the side. It will need to sit for about 45 seconds before it is ready to pour over the coffee.
Grind the coffee on a coarse setting so that the grounds are just large enough to be filtered by the screen of the plunger. Pour the grinds into the French Press and shake to even.
After the boiled water has sat for about 45 seconds, and reached a temperatue of 195-200 degrees F, aggressively pour the water over the coffee grounds in the Press and start your timer. You want to evenly saturate the grinds during your pour, and the Press should be a little below full. If the water level is higher than the pour spout, it is possible to get unpleasant sediment in your cup.
Watch your timer, and after 1 minute has passed, stir the coffee. The stirring helps to evenly saturate the grinds.
Carefully put the lid onto the press, allowing the plunger to rest just above the surface of the brewing coffee.
Once the coffee has brewed for a full 4 minutes, slowly press the plunger down.
Pour and serve immediately, do not allow the water to remain in the press as the brewing cycle will continue even after the press has been plunged, resulting in a bitter and overly extraced cup.
Drink and Enjoy, and be careful on your last sip, there may be sediment!