A guide to French press coffee
The French press coffee maker is something that you do not want to miss out on especially if you are a coffee lover! This coffee maker will give you the finest, richest and best flavoured coffee that you can ever think about. French presses are also known as “cafetiere”, or more commonly press pot, coffee press and coffee plunger. These devices are cylinder shaped beakers usually made of glass. However, nowadays there are various models that are made of different material like plastic or steel.
An important factor that you should keep in mind is using the right kind of coffee beans ( Read here how to use a french press). Depending on how rich you want your coffee flavour to be, you need to choose your roast. Each roast differs. Dark roast beans give a more full flavour. Light roasts are less bitter and are sweeter. If you do not prefer the burnt and strong taste of coffee, you should go for the lighter roasts. Always use fresh beans, because old beans lose flavour and therefore give your coffee a bad taste. HiLine coffee is one such brand that offers great choices to choose from!
Compared to other coffee makers, French presses are more self-contained and compact. Nowadays even travel mug versions are available instead of the original glass. These mugs come with a sealed lid and also a drinking hole that can be closed. If you are into hiking, or like to travel a great deal, this version is ideal for you since you won’t have to carry the heavy metal percolator or even be bothered about using a drip brew! Then, you also get the stainless steel designs, similar to thermos flasks, which contain insulated presses. This keeps the coffee hot. However, sometimes you can also use a French press to make cold brew coffee.
A simple French press brewing guide is as follows.
- Start by boiling the kettle.
- Next, while the water in on the boil you can weigh out you coffee. You can use approximately 75 gm of coffee per litre.
- Warm the French presser with the already boiled water
- Grind the coffee. Always remember that for this style of coffee, you need to keep the coffee coarsely ground. Grinding it too thin will allow the coffee particles to flow through the filter, which is rather undesirable.
- Pour away the water from the French press. Add the coffee which you have just ground and pour approximately 200ml of water. Leave if for around half a minute.
- You will notice that a crust will form on top of the solution. Break this crust by giving one quick stir with a spoon.
- If there are any more grinds remaining, remove these with a spoon. Add 550ml hot water to the brew. The water should be around 93-96 degrees Celsius.
- Let it sit for another four minutes. You can warm the mug with hot water and finally place the plunger on top and wait for around 15 to 18 seconds.
- Your coffee is ready!