Plunger / Press
The French press, or press coffee method, is a quick and easy way to brew a robust and flavourful cup of coffee at home. With just a few simple steps and minimal equipment, you can enjoy a rich coffee experience. Here’s how to do it:
Ingredients and Equipment:
Coarsely ground FabFour coffee beans – French press – Boiling water – Timer (optional)
1. Boil Water:
Begin by boiling water. You’ll need enough hot water to fill your French press and have a little extra for preheating. The water temperature should be around 200°F (93°C).
2. Measure Coffee:
Measure your coarsely ground coffee beans. A common ratio is 1:15, meaning 1 gram of coffee for every 15 grams of water. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
3. Preheat the French Press:
Pour a small amount of hot water into the French press to preheat it. Swirl the water around, then discard it.
4. Add Coffee Grounds: Add the measured coffee grounds to the preheated French press.
5. Begin Brewing:
Start your timer if you’re using one. Pour the hot water evenly over the coffee grounds. Ensure all the coffee is fully saturated. You can start with twice the amount of water as coffee, and then adjust from there. For example, if you used 30 grams of coffee, start with 60 grams of water.
6. Stir and Bloom:
Give the coffee grounds a gentle stir to ensure they’re evenly soaked. Place the lid on the French press and let the coffee “bloom” for about 30 seconds. This allows the coffee to release its flavour.
7. Press Down:
After the bloom, slowly press down the plunger with steady and gentle pressure. Aim to do this over 20-30 seconds. If you encounter too much resistance, stop and wait for a few moments before continuing to press.
Pour your freshly brewed coffee into your favourite mug and enjoy! French press coffee is known for its full-bodied flavour and aroma. Customize it with cream, sugar, or any other additions to your liking.
After enjoying your coffee, clean the French press by removing the grounds and rinsing it thoroughly. It’s now ready for your next brew.
That’s it! You’ve successfully brewed a delicious cup of French press coffee at home. Adjust the coffee-to-water ratio and brewing time to find the perfect balance for your taste preferences.