Tips About How to Brew French Press Coffee
According to studies conducted and statistics, coffee is the second most popular beverage in the world which places it after water. You can brew coffee using different methods. Some methods have been more popular than others for a variety of reasons. French press coffee is one of the most popular coffee brewing methods in the world. This is a classic method of brewing coffee. When done well, what results is rewarding. A lot of people struggle with getting the most out of their coffee to extract the optimal amount of flavor out of their beans. We will explain which beans you should go for and how to brew them appropriately.
fresh coffee beans
Freshly roasted beans are key to a flavorful cup. You do not want beans that have been exposed to air for a long time. The beans should look a little oily and smell fresh and aromatic. That is why we have flavor-sealed containers or bags. The unopened containers should be airtight, so the beans inside would remain in perfect condition until their expiration date (usually about 32 weeks after packaging). Once opened though, the beans will start to lose flavor after about a week. However, when it comes to unsealed containers or bags, that is, when you are buying beans in a package that is not air-sealed (like a paper bag), look for the roast date. Anything roasted more than a month ago will probably not be very fresh.
The Bean and the Grind
To get the best out of your French press, the grind is of great importance. If you want to extract maximum flavor and enjoy the underlying notes of your favorite coffee, it is best to grind your beans yourself. The French press needs a medium to coarse grind. That’s because the flavor extraction process needs maximum water surface area to be fully effective. This also facilitates better carbon dioxide release from the coffee grounds during steeping, further enhancing the flavor of the finished brew.
The Appropriate Water
Coffee is 98 percent water, so make sure your water tastes good. Bring the water to the right temperature. Water that is too hot can cause a bitter taste, while water that isn’t hot enough means you will miss out on its flavor. Aim for a temperature of around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring the water to a boil and let it sit for 30 seconds; this is the best way to make your water ready for brewing.
The best ratio
There is no such thing as the best ratio. There is a huge spectrum of tastes and preferences, variations in coffee beans, differences in roasts, etc. that can make each batch of coffee entirely different. So, start with a ratio, and then adjust from there based on how it tastes. It depends on how strong you want your brew. A good place to start is somewhere between 18 to 20 grams of coffee (about a heaping tablespoon) per eight ounces of water.
Filling up the French press
Add the coffee grounds to the French press and shake so that it would be leveled, pour about a third of the water over its top. Let everything sit for about 30 seconds, then give it a gentle stir. This makes sure all of the coffee grounds are fully saturated with water so that you would get a flavor-packed brew. Add the rest of the water and place the lid on your carafe with the French press filter pulled up.
Gently but firmly press the French press down. Too much pressure can cause the hot coffee to spray out of the carafe, so be careful.