How to Brew Coffee With a French Press

French Press1.  Start with high quality, freshly roasted coffee.

2.  Grind coffee coarsely using a burr grinder.  Grounds should be consistent in size, but larger than drip coffee grounds.  If you don’t have burr grinder, instead of using a blade grinder, ask your local coffee shop to grind it for you.

3.  Take the lid and plunger out of your French Press.  Warm your French Press by pouring hot water into it, swishing it around, then discarding.

4.  Place approximately 1 rounded Tbsp of coffee grounds per 5 oz of water in the bottom of the French Press.  Experiment with this amount and adjust to your taste.

5.  Bring filtered water to boil.  After the water reaches the boiling point, remove from heat source and let sit for 1 minute.

6.  Pour water slowly over coffee grounds in the French Press, making sure to pour the water over the surface of all the coffee grounds.

7.  Stir for a little bit to distribute the coffee grounds, and see the “bloom” at the top of the coffee.

8.  Place the lid and plunger over the coffee, but do not press down.  Let it sit for 3-4 minutes (experiment with timing and adjust to your taste).

9.  Once the time is up, slowly push the plunger to the bottom of the French Press.

10.  Serve immediately in warmed coffee mug.

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