How to make coffee with a French press coffee maker
Welcome to our tutorial about how to make great coffee with your French press coffee maker. Also known as a cafetière, it is without doubt one of the simplest ways to prepare a high quality cup of filter coffee. It allows you, in just a few minutes, to produce a full-bodied coffee with a pleasantly intense aroma. That’s why the French press is often used to enjoy pure origin coffees.
Which ground coffee should you use?
The consistency of your coffee grind is very important when using a French press: put simply, you must choose coffee that has been coarsely ground. This will stop the grounds of coffee from passing through the mesh of your French press. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to find appropriately ground coffee sold by large retailers. You are far more likely to find what you’re looking for in our special selection of ground coffee for cafetières.
It goes without saying that, in an ideal world, you would always grind your coffee at the very last moment using a grinder. This is the only way to obtain genuine freshly ground coffee, guaranteeing the maximum aroma and a more intense taste.
The pros and cons of the French press
- Quick and easy to use.
- No paper filter which can absorb the coffee’s aromatic oils.
- Total control over the infusion time and water temperature.
- A harmonious diffusion of coffee aromas.
- Requires coarsely ground coffee that is not available in supermarkets.
- Small deposit of coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup.
- To be served immediately following preparation, otherwise the infusion will continue in the cafetière.
How to make your coffee using a French press
- Add one spoonful of coffee (measuring around 7.5 g) per cup
- Pour in hot water up to 2 cm from the top
- Let the coffee infuse for 4 minutes
- Steadily press down the plunger until it reaches the bottom
Your French press uses a very simple method that allows you to make coffee without any great effort or specialist equipment
Make coffee like a pro!
Do you want to make your coffee like a real barista? We can suggest a more precise method that will give you a significantly better cup of coffee. To do so, we’ll be using a four-cup cafetiere (50 cl) and 30 g of coffee, aiming for a ratio of 83-84 g of coffee per litre of water.
A quick reminder:
For 2 cups: 15g of coffee and 180g of water
For 4 cups: 30g of coffee and 360g of water
For 8 cups: 60g of coffee and 720g of water
To prepare our coffee, we will also need a set of scales and a kettle.
- Place the cafetière on the scales and reset the weight
- Boil the water in the kettle (to between 88 °C and 92 °C, depending on how your coffee has been roasted)
- Pour the ground coffee in the cafetière
- Add 70 g of water (70 cl), stir the mixture with a spoon and wait for 30 seconds (the coffee will start to infuse and release aromas)
- Add the rest of the water and replace the lid of the French press
- Leave to infuse for 3 minutes 30 seconds
- Push the plunger
For the very best results, consider filtering your water, grinding your coffee immediately before infusion and pouring warm water into your cafetière in advance, in order to pre-heat it and therefore avoid any thermal shocks. Last but not least, do not allow your coffee to infuse for more than 4 minutes, or it will develop a bitter taste.
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