Variations of French Press have been around for over 100 years, but design concepts as we know was patented by Attilo Calimani from Italy in 1929, not France. The French Press has a straightforward design and is made from the carafe (also known as braker) and a plunger assembly.
The French press is the most affordable and easy to use coffee maker for brewing that tasty cup of Joe or tea in the mornings. But, as we all know, the devil is in the details!
It is ideal for:
For your convenience and to simplify things for you, I have developed an automated French Press Coffee timer-calculator. Use it. It will help you with ratios, the timing and will guide you step-by-step to your perfect cup.
5 min · 2 cups · easy
Preheat your french press with hot water, make sure to include the plunger as well. Although this is optional, I highly recommend having a warm carafe for extracting all the flavors into your cup.
While your french press is warming up (for ~30 seconds), it’s a perfect time to grind your coffee beans. Use your burr grinder to grind coffee grounds with the coarseness of sea salt. After 30 seconds, empty hot water from your carafe. Now, your French Press is warmed up!
After 30 seconds, empty hot water from your carafe.
Now, your French Press is warmed up!
Add freshly roasted coffee to your carafe. Give a gentle shake to make sure that grounds are evenly leveled.
Tip: French Press works well with darker roasts.
Pour over hot water (200° F) in a circular motion to ensure that all the grounds are submerged. Fill up your carafe till about half full.
Tip: To reach 200° F temperature without a thermometer, boil water, and let it sit for 30 seconds. That’s it!
Start your timer and wait for 30 seconds. This process is called Blooming!
During Blooming, your coffee grounds will release gases like carbon dioxide, which will allow a much better extraction when you add the rest of the water.
After 30 seconds, the blooming process is complete, and your coffee will become bubbly and increase in volume.
Please give it a gentle stir with a wooden spoon (anything of your choice) to break the crust.
Tip: Wetting the grounds simultaneously, will give your coffee a much better extraction and flavor.
Pour over hot water to fill the carafe rest of the way. Add the lid and lower plunger just a bit till the mesh slightly touches the of the water surface.
Do not push the plunger all the way down yet. 🙂
Tip: Please keep in mind coffee to water ratio. It should be 1:15 (coffee to water).
Start your timer and wait for four minutes while your coffee is brewing.
Now, you can press the plunger all the down. Please make sure to push it gently and slowly without applying extra force.
Next and right away, decant your coffee into a favorite cup or a container. Please do not leave it sitting in a carafe to avoid over-extraction and, therefor, bitterness in your coffee.
Tip: Avoid pushing the plunger to fast and too hard. It will agitate your coffee grounds and might add bitter flavors to your coffee.
Enjoy your tasty cup of Joe, and I’m sure it came out excellent!
Congrats! You have mastered a new coffee skill!