Brew Guide: French Press

curs-barista-2The French Press creates a hearty and flavorful brew. It is less involved than the pour over, and less flashy than the Aeropress, but a staple in any coffee aficionado’s arsenal. A kitchen without a french press is a little like the Lone Ranger without Silver, or Frodo without the ring. Still good, just missing something very important.

What you will need:

  • Coffee (30 – 40 Grams)
  • French Press
  • Grinder
  • Scale (Optional, but encouraged)
  • Boiled Water
  • Timer
  • Wooden spoon

Step 1:

Bring your water to a boil. You are going to want enough water to fill your French Press. They vary in size so boil accordingly.

Step 2:

Grind your coffee. You will want a coarse grind for this brewing method. Think the salt that lines your margarita glass……it’s 9 am though so none of that! Coffee first!

1:14 ratio for coffee to water is recommended. (Ex: 140 grams of water | 10 grams of coffee.)

Pour the ground coffee into the bottom of the french press.

Step 3:

Pour boiled water over the grounds. You want to start with 6x your total coffee volume. (Ex: You used 30 grams of coffee| Pour 180 grams of water)

Don’t put the lid on just yet. Let the coffee sit for 1 minute. When the minute is up you will see the grounds have accumulated at the top of the water. This is called the crust. Break the crust layer with your wooden spoon and stir the grounds gently.

Step 4:

Add the rest of your water. Put the lid on, but don’t plunge. Let the coffee sit for 5 minutes. After your three minutes push down on the plunger sending any remaining sediment to the bottom.

Pour your coffee right away. Any extended time in the press after brewing will cause over extraction and affect your cupping.




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