Coffee Series No.2: The French Press Method
There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee on a crisp Autumn day.
If you need a fast way to make coffee for a group, a large french press does the trick. It takes just 4 minutes to brew and is perfect for making multiple cups for friends or a lot for just yourself! #nojudgement
Yet to be determined as lucky or unlucky, our expresso machine died today and we had to make coffee in our french press anyways.
Thanks Cat for dropping by the Wedventure magazine! Makes enjoying a cup of coffee that much more fun!
How to use a French Press
Serves 2 greedy people or 4 regular, sharing people
What you need
- 8 cup French Press brewer
- 56g (8 Tablespoons) of fresh coffee
- Hot water just off the boil (about 205°F)
- Wooden spoon or coffee paddle
1. Warm Up
Warm your press by filling your empty french press with hot water. This will help maintain temperature while you
2. Measure and Grind
Measure out about 6-8 Tablespoons (depending on your favored strength) of coffee and grind it as coarse as breadcrumbs.
3. Add Water and Coffee
Pour out the water that you used to warm the press and add your ground coffee. Have your hot water ready. Start your count-up timer (4 minutes) as soon as you add hot water. Fill it up halfway to the top to cover all the grounds. Try to make sure there are no dry spots.
At 1:00, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the top layer we call the crust and stir.
5. Add MORE Water
Now, fill it all the way to the top with water. Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down.
At 4:00, you are ready to press. Firmly push the press all the way down.
Serve it up. Pour coffee into a carafe immediately. If the coffee sits on the grounds too long, it continues to brew and will become bitter. To clean the French Press, add a little water to the grounds, give it a good swirl, and empty into the trash or compost bin.
Back to the grind!