One of the most popular manual brew methods(manual brewing methods require the consumer to do some of the work. Like stirring and pressing) on the market is the coffee press or French press. Despite it's name our modern french press was actually invented in 1929 by an Italian named Attilio Calimani. But, we can find versions of it dating back to the 1850s created by two Frenchmen. Obviously the name of French Press stuck and a lot of people still call it by that today. Other names include coffee plunger and cafetiére, which is really fun to say!
When I first started pressing I used no method of measurement. Like most coffee consumers I just eyeballed what I thought was correct. Today we're going to fix this to help you make a perfect consistent cup in a french press every time.
Generally most home coffee consumers have a french press that is a 6 or 8 cup vessel. We are going to assume that you have a 6 cup vessel. If you have a smaller or larger press adjust your ratios accordingly.
You will need :
6 tablespoons of coffee ground to a medium coarse grind
3 1/4 cups of water heated between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit
Two soup spoons or serving spoons
- Preheat your french press with hot water
- Pour the water out
- Place 6 tablespoons of ground coffee into the press (freshly ground is best. But if you do not have a home grinder you can use the one at your grocery store, local Co-Op or the Baristas at the coffee shop where you buy your coffee will be more than happy to grind it for you,
- Start your timer and begin pouring hot water into the press
- Saturate all of the grounds with 31/4 cup of water
- Place lid with plunger up onto press
- When your time is at 2 minutes, remove the lid and gently stir.Replace the lid with the plunger still up.
- When your timer is at 4 minutes , remove lid and stir again
- Using two soup or serving spoons, skim the oils and remaining floating grounds off the top of the brewed coffee. This keeps the coffee from over extracting or burning.
- Place the plunger back on top and press down slowly.
- Pour and enjoy!