September 26, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Using a French press may seem fancy, but it’s a really easy way to get a rich, bold cup of coffee at home. The French press allows the water to mix with the ground coffee much longer than it does in a Keurig or regular coffee maker. The extra time the coffee grounds soak with the boiling water extracts much more flavor and the true essence of the coffee can shine through. The result is a cup of coffee worth savoring.
In order to have the absolute best French press experience, you’ll want to grind your beans at home. Using pre-ground coffee is also an option. We use our French press when we go camping- it’s much faster than the percolator and produces much better coffee.
How to Make Great French Press Coffee
1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need a coffee grinder, coffee beans, a kettle for boiling water, and a French press. I have the Mr. Coffee French Press– it’s only $20 at Target. Regular or flavored coffee both turn out great in the French press. Use your favorite.
2. Add 1 liter of water to the kettle and set it to boil. I use an electric kettle. I had it in my office when I was working- loved having tea all day during the winter months.
3. Grind your coffee. You’ll need 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup of ground coffee. You’ll want to grind it pretty well. If you leave it too coarse, it doesn’t expose enough surface area to mix with the coffee and will result in weak coffee. Think about what pre-ground coffee looks like- you’ll want it ground about that much. Do not grind it too fine, like you would for espresso. That will make the coffee muddy. This may take some experimentation.
4. Remove the plunger and lid of the French press. Add the ground coffee to the bottom of the carafe. Pour in the 1 liter of boiling water.
5. Stir the coffee grounds and the water together with a long-handled spoon. It will get a bit foamy- this is what you want.
6. Place the plunger/sieve and lid over the coffee. DO NOT PLUNGE YET. You’re just sealing in the heat with the lid.
7. Set a timer for 4-6 minutes. Again, this is something you’ll experiment with. The time you allow the coffee grounds to soak in the boiling water will determine how strong the coffee is.
8. Once the timer goes off, carefully depress the plunger. Your coffee is done!
What is your favorite flavor of coffee?
I love using espresso roast in regular coffee- so dark and caramel-ly.