How to Make Perfect Coffee in a French Press - Step 1: Throw out the Directions



For me, perfect coffee makes for the beginning of a perfect day.  I am talking about strong, bold coffee.... the kind that tastes and smells like that first sniff when you first open a new bag of fresh coffee.  That is the kind of coffee a French Press can make (when made correctly).  If your enjoy bold aromatic coffee from a coffee shop, you should definitely give a French Press a try.  In my opinion, the number first step in making coffee house quality coffee in a french press is to throw out the directions that came with your french press.







































How to Make Perfect Bold Coffee from a French Press

Type of Grounds:  You must use coarse ground coffee or coffee specifically ground on the French Press setting.  I prefer an Italian roast coffee. 

Amount of Grounds:  The amount of grounds you use is generally a matter of taste.  The larger size French Press holds (8) 4 ounce cups of coffee.  The manufacturer recommends 1 rounded tablespoon per 4 oz cup of coffee, i.e. you would pour 8 tablespoons into the bottom of your press.  In my opinion, 1 tablespoon produces a flat cup of coffee, not unlike a drip system.  I prefer double that amount which is roughly 1 measured cup of grounds for an 8 cup french press or 1/2 cup of grounds for a 4 cup press.   After you have poured in your measured grounds, fill the pot with hot water wetting the grounds and give the coffee a stir.  Leave the top off.

Brewing:  4 minutes.  The longer you brew the stronger it is.  Do not put the top on while it is brewing.  Leave it off.  *(see tip at bottom).

Skim:  This will make cleaning your pot easier and your coffee taste better.  After the 4 minutes of brewing time and before plunging, quickly use a soup spoon to skim the coffee grounds that have risen to the top of the press.
 
Press: Place the plunger unit on top of the pot and apply very slight pressure on the top of the knob and slowly lower the plunger down to the bottom of the pot. 

Enjoy:  Standard size for coffee from a French Press is 4 ounces, not the typical 8 ounces for drip coffee - think small china cup, not coffee mug.

Tip: 4 minutes for brewing time is a guide, but you will find each specific brand & variety of coffee will vary depending on your tastes.  I prefer 4 minutes for World Market Italian Roast and 5 minutes (or just a tad less) for Starbucks French Roast.



Above is the French Press I own and I recommend. Bodum is pretty much the standard for a French Press.  You could buy something a little cheaper, but I've been told it is not worth it to save a few dollars because the cheaper ones are harder to clean.  The Bodum is excellent; easy to use and easy to clean.  The only thing I don't care for with the Bodum is the directions that come with it.  I do a few things differently and I believe it makes for way better coffee. If you own a french press and used it according to the manufacturer's directions and were not that thrilled with it, try it again following the directions above.

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2 comments:

  1. I just had the most delicious cup of coffee thanks to my new Bodum and your tips! I agree, one cup of ground coffee was the perfect amount.

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  2. Christine - christineiscooking.comNovember 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Glad it worked great for you Lisa! The amount of coffee can always vary depending on the strength of the bean, but I find 1 cup of coarse grounds to be the right amount for most Italian and French Roast Coffee - which is what I like to use in my French Press. I am going to get my own coffee grinder with a coarse setting so I can grind my own beans from the wearhouse stores - much cheaper.

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How to Make Perfect Coffee in a French Press - Step 1: Throw out the Directions



For me, perfect coffee makes for the beginning of a perfect day.  I am talking about strong, bold coffee.... the kind that tastes and smells like that first sniff when you first open a new bag of fresh coffee.  That is the kind of coffee a French Press can make (when made correctly).  If your enjoy bold aromatic coffee from a coffee shop, you should definitely give a French Press a try.  In my opinion, the number first step in making coffee house quality coffee in a french press is to throw out the directions that came with your french press.







































How to Make Perfect Bold Coffee from a French Press

Type of Grounds:  You must use coarse ground coffee or coffee specifically ground on the French Press setting.  I prefer an Italian roast coffee. 

Amount of Grounds:  The amount of grounds you use is generally a matter of taste.  The larger size French Press holds (8) 4 ounce cups of coffee.  The manufacturer recommends 1 rounded tablespoon per 4 oz cup of coffee, i.e. you would pour 8 tablespoons into the bottom of your press.  In my opinion, 1 tablespoon produces a flat cup of coffee, not unlike a drip system.  I prefer double that amount which is roughly 1 measured cup of grounds for an 8 cup french press or 1/2 cup of grounds for a 4 cup press.   After you have poured in your measured grounds, fill the pot with hot water wetting the grounds and give the coffee a stir.  Leave the top off.

Brewing:  4 minutes.  The longer you brew the stronger it is.  Do not put the top on while it is brewing.  Leave it off.  *(see tip at bottom).

Skim:  This will make cleaning your pot easier and your coffee taste better.  After the 4 minutes of brewing time and before plunging, quickly use a soup spoon to skim the coffee grounds that have risen to the top of the press.
 
Press: Place the plunger unit on top of the pot and apply very slight pressure on the top of the knob and slowly lower the plunger down to the bottom of the pot. 

Enjoy:  Standard size for coffee from a French Press is 4 ounces, not the typical 8 ounces for drip coffee - think small china cup, not coffee mug.

Tip: 4 minutes for brewing time is a guide, but you will find each specific brand & variety of coffee will vary depending on your tastes.  I prefer 4 minutes for World Market Italian Roast and 5 minutes (or just a tad less) for Starbucks French Roast.



Above is the French Press I own and I recommend. Bodum is pretty much the standard for a French Press.  You could buy something a little cheaper, but I've been told it is not worth it to save a few dollars because the cheaper ones are harder to clean.  The Bodum is excellent; easy to use and easy to clean.  The only thing I don't care for with the Bodum is the directions that come with it.  I do a few things differently and I believe it makes for way better coffee. If you own a french press and used it according to the manufacturer's directions and were not that thrilled with it, try it again following the directions above.

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2 comments:

  1. I just had the most delicious cup of coffee thanks to my new Bodum and your tips! I agree, one cup of ground coffee was the perfect amount.

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  2. Christine - christineiscooking.comNovember 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Glad it worked great for you Lisa! The amount of coffee can always vary depending on the strength of the bean, but I find 1 cup of coarse grounds to be the right amount for most Italian and French Roast Coffee - which is what I like to use in my French Press. I am going to get my own coffee grinder with a coarse setting so I can grind my own beans from the wearhouse stores - much cheaper.

    ReplyDelete

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Because of spam comments, I have to review all comments before they are published. I check and respond to comments at least once daily. Thanks, Christine