Have you ever wondered How to Make Coffee in a French Press? How does the coffee taste compared to our everyday coffee machine (drip coffee machines)? How easy is it to use? We will go over all of this, the pros and cons and more!
Tips for Making Coffee in a French Press
It’s best to grind your beans fresh, for every cup you make. However, you can use already ground beans if you’d rather.
You’ll also need a spice/coffee bean grinder. I need to buy a better one, that will allow me to adjust the grind, like the one I linked too.
You should choose the “percolator” or the largest grind. Too fine of a grind will allow them to slip through the filter screen, and end up in your coffee cup! These are fairly cheap to purchase.
First, start by putting your kettle on the burner with enough water to fill up your cup/s.
If you like your coffee black, it’s ready to drink as soon as it’s cooled enough to drink. Do be careful though it will be hot!
Drip Coffee Machines
The thing about brewing coffee with drip coffee machines, and especially the new single-cup machines is that everything affects the taste and quality of the coffee.
The way the water hits the grains, the rate of the dripping, some sophisticated machines will even pause the water for a few seconds here and there as to not cause a huge puddle in the brewing bin.
I know there are a lot of crazy variables, most people wouldn’t know about or don’t even need to know!
I don’t love the way drip-machine coffee tastes. Either the coffee is old or the temperature is too high causing a burned flavor, or the coffee is stale.
So What do I think about the French Press?
So how did I like the French Coffee Press? I know that the coffee beans were fresh. It’s easier to see when they are fresh when you get to see the whole bean. Whole beans stay fresher for longer.
Especially, when you store them correctly. Another thing about the coffee press, the temperature is exact. 200 Fº is suggested with my directions. Which is only a couple degrees difference of the normal boiling temperature. Which is not too hot for ground coffee beans, it’s actually a great temperature.
The coffee that I’ve been making in the French Coffee Press is smooth, full-bodied, and full of flavor. The temperature was perfect. Something amazing I didn’t even think of is that it will have much less impact on the environment. The single brew machines have these cups that waste plastic and paper.
It also, makes it a little more difficult to compost old coffee grounds, if you do that sort of thing.
Outline of the Pros and cons:
- Amazing flavor
- Perfect temperature
- Easy to clean
- Less impact on the environment
- You can absolutely make 1 cup at a time, or even a whole pot!
- The pot is made of glass, not plastic like a drip brew system.
- Electricity out? No problem, if you can heat up some water over a fire or a wood stove perhaps, you can still have some delectable coffee!
- You may want to grind beans every time you need to make coffee to ensure the freshest cup and the correct grind.
- Everything needs to be rinsed after making a pot or cup of coffee
- It must be consumed or put into a thermos after brewing to keep the flavor at peak. This is the same with any coffee brew system though.
Overall, I absolutely have to agree with the coffee snobs that said that the coffee press produces an amazing cup of coffee, and possibly the best. I never thought I would say such a thing, but here I am saying it.
Did you know that coffee isn’t the only thing you can make with the french press?
That’s right! Using loose leaf tea in the press is simple! Iced tea, frothed milk, hot chocolate, fruit infusions, almond milk, cashew milk, plant tinctures, lemonades, rinse quinoa. I had no idea I could do all of this with my french press!
I’ve been wanting to make plant tinctures. Here is my chance. This would be perfect to do that too! Just think the plunger works great to strain the liquid from the leaves.
How to Make Coffee in a French Press
Makes 1 cup
- ¾ cup water, 200 Fº
- 2 Tbsp coarse coffee grounds
- Place coffee grounds into the French Press.
- Warm the water and then pour it in the coffee press.
- Allow the coffee to brew for 2-3 minutes.
- Then place the lid on, and push the plunger down slowly. Don’t force the plunger. If it does not want to go down you may have grounds that are too coarse.
- With the plunger down, pour out the coffee into your cup or into a thermos.
- Enjoy the rich smooth flavor! Be careful it is HOT!
This coffee press or a percolator would both serve as a great option for when the power is out.
I like a percolator much better than drip machines. I used a cheap percolator for many years, but you can get a really cool French Press for about the same amount of money these days.
I do like them better just because the plunger keeps the grounds out of the liquid. Both use coarse grounds, but there are always some little bits floating around in the percolator no matter how perfect you get the grind. I hope you learned a lot about how to make coffee in a french press.
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