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.
When I first started using my french press I only ever used whole beans, and I ground them every morning. I’ve gotten lazy though, and now I use pre-ground beans. It works just fine. There are some grounds usually in the bottom of my cup. However, I don’t mind because typically that last sip is cold anyway.
You’ll also need a spice/coffee bean grinder. It’s best to have one that will allow you to adjust the grind.
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! However, to course of a grind can give you problems pushing down the plunger. If this happens, gring the beans a little less course.
First, start by putting your kettle on the burner with enough water to fill up your cup/s.
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.
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 french press are made of glass, metal or even ceramic, whereas a drip coffee and single shot coffee machines are typically made of plastic and tend to break often.
- Electricity out? No problem, if you can heat up some water over a fire or a wood stove, or even your grill side butner perhaps, you can still have some delectable coffee!
- 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.
What Else Can You Make With A French Press?
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.
Where to Buy Coffee During These Trying Times?
I’ve been purchasing my everyday coffee at Costco. I buy the Kirkland brand. It’s delicious and cost effective!
I also have a backup supply of whole beans that I purchased on Amazon! Olde Brooklyn Coffee was cheap and it’s pretty tasty. Plus, I don’t mind having cheap coffee when I’m in a pinch!
You can also buy Costco’s coffee on Amazon (although not as cost-effective). I’ve linked to both of these coffees below. Just click the picture to see them on Amazon.
How To Make Coffee In A French Press
- 4 cups of water, 200 Fº
- 4 tbsp coffee grounds
- Place coffee grounds into the French press.
- Boil 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!
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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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 the press 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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