Building coffee with a french press is a good way to make yummy fresh coffee that in my opinion is far better quality that a coffee maker is capable of making.
A french press is basically a cylindrical vessel made of glass,plastic,or even stainless steel with a plunger that has a screen designed to push coffee grounds down through water at near boiling temperatures after steeping.
I am very passionate about coffee making apparatuses. Favorite though is the french press.
It is a portable coffee making device. Couldn’t count the times I’ve built coffee with a french press while living amongst the trees. Besides portability the finished cup is superb, the oils are not cooked away and the flavour is rich and pleasant.
So without further ado here is how to use a french press:
French press (obviously)
Kettle (any vessel to heat water in that is easily poured)
Whole bean coffee
Coffee bean grinder
Grind whole beans. The consistency of grounds are best on the finer side of rough ground. Don’t grind to espresso bean fine ground yet not too chunky either. Preground grounds can be used but the fresher the better quality cup. Put about 1 tablespoon per 8 oz in the press. This is really down to how strong a brew is wanted. One tablespoon per 8 oz is a potent brew.
Heat enough water to fill the french press allowing for about an inch room on top. Heat water to near boiling. Add water to grounds and place plunger on top, not actually deploying plunger but resting on top as if a lid.
Steeping time is also debatable. For a strong rich brew leave steeping for 15 minutes. After steep is done slow deploy plunger. When plunger has trapped the grounds at the bottom of the vessel carefully pour into a drinking cup. Enjoy your fine cuppa 🙂
When the coffee has been used be sure to properly clean the press. It is quite sad when a neglected press is given over to mold by lack of cleanliness. Later I will share french press cleaning tactics.