Home Ec ladies,
Do you know anything about making coffee with a French Press?
I am not a coffee-drinker, but some caffeine addicts are staying with
me this weekend, and I would like to provide them with a nice way to
wake up in the morning.
My French Press came with instructions on how to make coffee, but it
didn’t come with instructions on how to make GOOD coffee.
Trying to Impress
P.S. – Of course, I’m making sure I start right by buying fair trade,
organic coffee. 🙂
Good beans are only the first step in making great coffee. You’ll also need good tasting water. If your city or well water is on the funky side, you’re only going to brew funky coffee. Use bottled or filtered water, if necessary.
To use a French press you’ll need about 4* oz of boiling water for every cup of coffee you plan on serving. When the water is boiling remove it from the heat and grind the beans. As the pot uses a screen to separate the grounds from the brew, you’ll need a coarse grind, unless you enjoy gritty coffee.
The key to good coffee when using a French press it to not “over extract” the beans as this produces a bitter flavor. Make sure you have at least one rounded tablespoon of grounds per cup of coffee (4oz)* and do not steep for more than the recommended time check your instructions but a full pot should take about four minutes. Also any coffee still in the pot after twenty minutes is considered old and should be discarded.
Enjoy your coffee
-Tip- If you prefer your coffee on the weaker side add hot water or milk after brewing, do not skimp on the grounds.
*Some disagree and say that a “cup” of coffee should be 60z, in that case use two level tablespoons of grounds.
(Photo Credit Leland)