How to use a french press the easy way
I was interested in this, and since I needed a new coffee brewing unit, I decided to try one out.
I bought a 3 Cup french press from Canadian Tire, and it works really well, but before I got this one, I had a different model that broke before I got our of the parking lot. When you go to buy a french press, get a decent one.
When I got it home, I tried it out with the new Just Us brand beans (the absolute best beans I have ever had, sorry Folgers), but they weren't ground, and I didn't but a grinder that day, the first thing I used was a food processor, and it worked alright, but my grinder is much faster and easier.
This is how to use a french press, for ultimate freshness, grind just enough beans for each cup, and use nice beans.
Step one - Preperation
- French Press
- Kettle (for hot water)
- Coffee Beans (Just Us brand is best in my opinion)
- Coffee Bean Grinder (Unless you get pre-ground beans)
- Coffee Mug (The uglier the better)
Before you do anything, the first thing you should do is start the kettle, since it takes time to get up to the right temperature.
After that get your beans ready, grind them to be coarse if you want to avoid any grinds getting in to your coffee. Personally, I grind my beans really fine, this makes the grinds sometimes get into my drink, but I am used to that, I just like the strong taste.
Most french presses have a little scoop with them, but if yours doesn't it should be around 7 grams/cup, which works out to around 7 ML/cup.
Step Two - Brewing
Let the coffee brew for about 2-5 minutes, then you are ready to do the pressing.
If you are short on time, you can stir the brew, but it is best to let it set.
Step Three - Pressing
Put your press/lid part into the beaker part, and then slowly press on the handle, until you get to the bottom.
Easy enough eh?
Step Four - Pour
Might I suggest that you try whipped cream on your coffee!