The French Press, also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger or cafetiere, is a simple coffee brewing device invented in France in the 1850s.
It's very easy to do, and makes great-tasting full-bodied coffee. You control the entire extraction process, including water temperature and steep time. And it enables you to fully extract the flavor and essential oils from the beans since it directly infuses all of the coffee grounds for the entire brewing process.
Using a French Press
Measure and Grind
- Measure whole beans, two tablespoons (12-14 grams) for a single serving French Press.
- Grind the coffee with a Coarse setting so most of the grounds will be trapped by the plunger screen after brewing.
Add Water and Stir
- Boil water, then let stand to cool for about 1 minute so.
- Pour a small amount of water into the French Press, just enough to wet all the coffee.
- Gently stir or swirl the grounds until saturated.
- Add remaining water to about 2 cm from the top of carafe.
- Place the plunger screen lid on the carafe to keep it hot, but don't plunge yet!
- After three to four minutes, stir briefly
- Replace plunger screen lid on carafe, then slowly press the screen and the coffee grounds all the way to the bottom.
- Serve immediately--and enjoy!
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