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FRENCH PRESS

French Press

How to Make
French Press
Coffee ?

The French Press, which is the best choice for someone who is just starting to brew coffee, is the most preferred equipment for brewing coffee. With its features such as not requiring filter paper and being without electricity, it provides ease of use at home and at work.

Also known as Cafetière & Cafetière à Piston, French Press is made from the carafe and a plunger/filter assembly. It makes coffee by immersing ground coffee in hot water and then separating the grounds from the coffee by pressing down the filter.

In some brewing methods, such as Chemex, the rich oils and other dissolved solids in the coffee are easily trapped in the paper filter. On the other hand, thanks to the steel filter used by the French Press, all the oils remain in the glass.

French Press It is ideal for fuller-bodied coffee and darker roasted coffee beans. It can also be used to make herbal tea. In the brewing phase, the preparation of both is exactly the same.

French Press usage is so easy that hot water and coffee is enough to make coffee. But there are also brewing tips. 

Below you can find out how to use it and our recommendations.

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French Press
Grind Size

The filter on your French press is very coarse compared to a paper filter, so you’ll need a coarse grind to keep the grounds out of your cup. 

Measure out 30 g of coffee and use your grinder to grind coffee grounds with the coarseness of sea salt. (for 500 ml water)

If you use a burr grinder, you will take more consistent results.

French Press is ideal for experiencing local coffees.

French 
Press
Recipe

Preheating your French Press with hot water before brewing is recommended. Wait for 30 seconds to allow it to warm up. This helps maintain the temperature while brewing for best extraction.

Discard the hot water and add 30 g coffee into the French Press. Pour 50 ml of hot water (90 ° C) and make sure that there are no dry spots. Stir 10 times with a wooden spoon to wet the ground coffee and leave it for 30 seconds. During Blooming, your coffee grounds will release gases like carbon dioxide, which will allow a much better extraction when you add the rest of the water.

After 30 seconds, the blooming process is complete. Pour the remaining water and put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down.

Wait for 4 minutes and press the plunger down slowly for 15 seconds and complete the brewing in a total of 4.30 minutes.

Serve into cups straight away to avoid over extracting the coffee. If the coffee sits on the grounds too long, it continues to extract and will become bitter.

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Tips for French Press Coffee

Plunging

Slow plunging is key so important. Plunging too fast will make a gritty, unclean cup. 

Water Temperature

Too low a temperature will fail to extract the full flavor from coffee, while too high will extract unpleasant burnt flavors. 

Darker roasts require lower and cooler temperature water. If the water is too hot, the brew will easily over extract and taste bitter. 

Lighter roasts require higher temperature water. Light roasts are more dense and need hotter temperatures to extract the flavours. 

Coffee / Water Ratio

 Use a ratio of 16 grams water to 1 gram coffee.

Do Remember !

Metal spoons can cause scratches and breakage on the glass of your machine.

It is recommended to clean the French Press without waiting after use.

You can use a thermos cup to prevent the coffee from getting cold.

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