How to brew French Press coffee
A French Press is an ‘immersion’ brewer, meaning that the coffee is fully immersed in water during the brewing process. This means that a lot of the ground coffee dissolves in your drink, creating a full-bodied, strong cup of coffee. This is how I make 250g of coffee using a French Press.
- water filter
- French Press
- Hario Mini Mill Hand Coffee Grinder
- Salter digital scales
- coffee beans
- filtered water
- Boil the filtered water and leave to cool a little
- Measure out 17g of coffee beans (note 1: The guidance is 6g coffee beans per 100g of coffee, making 15g coffee beans for a 250g mug, however this is only a guide and should be tweaked for personal preference. I seem to get my best results from 17g coffee beans; note 2: To measure the coffee beans, I place the grinder on the scales without the arm or the lid but with the funnel in it. I then zero the scales and pour out the beams. This prevents the beans from going all over the place)
- Grind the coffee beans (note 3: This has the benefit of letting the boiled water cool by a few degrees; boiling water poured immediately onto ground coffee can burn it)
- Once the boiled water has cooled, place the French Press on the scales; remove the plunger, pour the ground coffee inside and zero the scales; pur in 250g water and stir
- After four minutes replace the plunger and gently push-down until all coffee grinds are trapped at the bottom of the French Press. Pour the coffee and enjoy
- Leave the coffee until it’s cool enough to taste, then drink.