The French press is a full immersion brewer that touts simplicity as its claim to fame. The press itself has two basic parts: a brewing chamber and a plunger with a filter screen attached to the bottom. A French press produces a full-bodied cup with a rich flavor profile. When using a full immersion brew method, it is extremely important to use a timer to monitor the brew time. Although it is one of the easiest brew methods, it is possible to produce over-extracted coffee by brewing the coffee too long.
Below is a step-by-step guide to assist you in your brewing. These suggested parameters provide a foundation from which to start, though we encourage experimentation as you develop your personal preferences. Have fun with it and remember, “without the love, it’s just coffee.”Things you’ll need:
Preheat brewer with hot water.Step 2
Weigh out 60g of whole bean coffee. Using a coffee to water ratio of 1:15 is ideal for the French press. This ratio will help you scale up or down for different size presses.Step 3
Grind the coffee at the coarsest setting. Discard rinse water from the brewer and add ground coffee.Step 4
Place everything on your scale. Tare scale to zero.Step 5
Start timer and vigorously pour 900g of water.Step 6
When the timer reaches 1 minute, stir the coffee to help evenly saturate the grounds.Step 7
Carefully put the lid onto the press, allowing the plunger to rest just above the surface of the brewing coffee.Step 8
When the timer reaches 4 minutes, slowly press down the plunger.Step 9
Serve immediately, allowing the coffee to rest in a mug/cup for a few minutes. Enjoy!