Coffee coffee coffee. Until someone figures out a practical way to get that IV-ed through our system 24/7, ya still gotta make it yourself (unless you get it delivered, heyo). Instead of pouring those quality beans into a grimy coffeemaker that’s probably never been cleaned (you know it’s true…), retire Mr. Coffee and upgrade to a better cup of joe at home with a French press.
Sounds great, but how do you actually make a good cup of coffee with this weird little contraption? This has been an ongoing office debate, so our coffee guru, Spencer, is setting the record straight and sharing a no-brainer guide on how to actually brew coffee with a French press. You’re welcome.
Coffee. For some it’s an occasional treat, for others it’s a very real necessity. Whichever camp you fall in, these fundamental truths will always apply:
- There’s never such a thing as too much coffee.
- As Ewan McGregor’s character in Black Hawk Down says, “It’s all in the grind, Sizemore. Can’t be too fine, can’t be too coarse.”
- There’s a golden ratio for coffee brewing. 1 part coffee to 16 parts water.
Got it? 👍🏼
Knowing what grind to use for your coffee brew of choice is very(!) important – it’s one of two ways to alter the extraction of flavor correctly, and is the most important of the two factors varying from brew method to brew method. If you’ve ever made coffee with a French Press and thought the flavor was completely off, the grind would be your first suspect. Over extraction = bitter coffee.
For a French Press, you want your coffee to be ground quite a bit coarser than you would for a regular drip, like so:
The other important factor? The actual amount of coffee. A good starting point is approximately 2 tablespoons per 8oz serving.
1. Once you’ve measured out the correct amount of ground coffee, place it in the base of your French Press and begin to heat the water. You‘re looking for approximately 200° degree water – so the point just before it starts to boil.
2. Pour the water gently over the ground coffee, and stir slightly for about 4.5 minutes. For each additional 8oz serving, add an extra 30 seconds of stirring.
3. Next, place the lid of the French Press on, but don’t plunge down yet – this will be the last step.
4. At 4.5 minutes, plunge the screen of the French Press down slowly, and voila – you’ve got coffee!
That was easy, right? Now that you’re a French Press aficionado…grab your press, grind up some fresh beans, and keep that caffeine flowing!