How to get the best coffee from your French press

We’re not quite sure what we love more about the French press, the most simple of brewing methods. Could it be the ease with which it produces a clean, full-bodied brew? The soothing, smooth sensation of depressing the knob? Or how easy and quick it is to wash? Either way, here are our tips for giving your coffee plunger the best press.

Making coffee in a french press

What we also can’t fathom is how the popularity of the plunger pot has not prevented it from becoming a lost art, a quick fix and a mere after thought at most dinner parties. By paying a small amount of attention to the preparation of your daily brew, one can yield wondrously improved results. Follow these steps to experience the goodness for yourself.

Steps to getting the most from your French press

1. Boil your kettle. Make sure it stops before the water reaches boiling point. Technically, a temperature of 93-96°C is ideal. Boiling water will scald your coffee grounds. Spare a drop for the pot and the bottom of your cup. A lukewarm cuppa is just not on.

Bugatti kettle

2. Grind your coffee. A medium to coarse grind will do the trick. Freshly ground coffee is a must. Yes, you’ve heard us say it before and we’ll shout it from the hills if we have to. It simply makes all the difference. We recommend 65g of coffee for a 600ml pot, or roughly a tablespoon of ground coffee for every 100ml. A burr grinder, rather than a blade one, will ensure a consistent grind and keep sediment to a minimum.

Graef burr grinder

3. Pop your ground coffee into the pot and fill it up halfway with hot water. Make sure all the grinds get thoroughly saturated. Appreciate the rich aroma and creamy texture as the grinds bloom. Let it stand for one minute.

coffee bloom in french press

4. Give the grinds a stir, top the pot up with hot water and put the lid in place. Let the brew stand for three minutes.

Making coffee in a french press

5. Plunge slowly and steadily.

plunging coffee

Pour and enjoy. Your brew is best enjoyed immediately. Leaving the coffee to stew over the grounds will make it go bitter.

French press coffee

If you find your brew too bitter, try a coarser grind or a slightly smaller quantity of coffee. Too weak? A finer grind will do the trick. Too intense? Increase the water to coffee ratio. Keep in mind that flavour is a spectrum, a slight adjustment to your technique will yield noticeable changes in flavour. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding a brew that makes you happy.

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