A lot of people, including myself, have wondered after having a fresh brew of coffee, “Wow, I wish I could have this every single morning.” A lot of us went online and got baffled by all the different techniques and the innumerable accessories that we just don’t want to put in the effort. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, and here we show you how you can brew your creamy, delicious cup o’ Joe every day, with little effort and which is easy on the wallet.

The French Press

Let me introduce you to the French Press. We’ve heard about this little wonder for a while now, and no wonder. This method is the easiest way of brewing that perfect cup of coffee for those lazy mornings. You may be wondering, “Well, sounds good but you probably need a ton of accessories anyways so why bother?”

Fortunately, you only need TWO things –

  1. A French press. You can choose any size you want, for our recipe, we used a 400 ml French press. You can find one right here. <insert image>2. One of the most important things which ensures you have the perfect taste and texture of your coffee is to ensure the right grind for your beans. We recommend using the burr grinder which ensures your coffee beans are ground just the right way unlike a blade grinder which leads to a more uneven grind and a less creamy taste. You may be wondering why a burr grinder, well it’s because a French press requires a different type of grind than a drip machine and other methods. Your French press however, requires a more coarse and evenly sized ground beans. You can get an excellent grinder right here. <insert image>{Note: – Side article ideas
  1. Types of grinders and which is good for what.
  2. Types of presses.
  3. Types of beans, storage and when to grind and why. Measure by volume vs weight.
  4. Is French press coffee bad for you and which is the “healthiest”?
  5. Overextraction vs underextraction and how to prevent both }

There, now that we have all we need, let’s get down to the recipe. You might want to put on some tunes and grab your stopwatch.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water (or any amount less, depending on your needs)
  • A stainless steel tea pot
  • A French press
  • A burr grinder
  • A long spoon
  1. Step 1: Measure the amount of coffee beans you need depending on the number of cups you want to brew. The simple guide given below should help –
  • 1 serving – 1 cup water (roughly 250 ml) + 2 tablespoons coffee beans
  • 2 servings – 2 cups water + 1/4 cup coffee beans
  • 4 servings – 4 cups + 1/2 cup coffee beans, and double the amount of water and beans if you would like 8 servings. <insert image>
  1. Step 2: The best time to grind your coffee beans is just before you brew, which ensures you don’t lose any of that good aroma and flavour which can be affected if you store ground beans. Grind the coffee beans in your burr grinder. If you do not have a burr grinder, just grind using your existing grinder till the pieces are evenly sized with the consistency of breadcrumbs. Remember – your coffee grounds must be rough and coarse without too much fine grit. Pour the grounds into your press. <insert image>
  2. Step 3: Heat the water till it boils and set it down for a minute to cool. The perfect temperature is 96 C or 195 F. You may use a thermometer to be super accurate but almost a minute of cooling after boiling does the trick as well. <insert image>
  3. Step 4: Pour the water into the press until it is half full. Wait for around 30 seconds to allow your brew to “bloom”. Now using your spoon, stir the contents using an up and down motion to mix it thoroughly. Add the remainder of the water and close the press lid. <insert image>
  4. Step 5: Put the time on the stopwatch to 4:00 minutes to steep your coffee.
  5. Step 6: Once the timer hits 4:00, plunge the press all the way to the bottom and pour your coffee into a cup. Voila! Your excellent cup of creamy French press coffee is yours to enjoy, with your friends or your pet! <insert image>

Tips:-

  1. You can warm your French press beforehand if you have the time by simply pouring hot water into it and giving it a nice rinse.
  2. If you are not going to drink your coffee immediately, transfer it into a thermos to keep it hot.
  3. French press coffee can become bitter if you let it stew for too long or use finer grounds for making it. Rough and coarser grounds with the consistency of breadcrumbs. Steeping for too long can lead to over extraction which makes it very bitter, and using fine grounds, will make your coffee muddier and grittier. The burr grinder solves the grind issue.
  4. You don’t want to burn your coffee grounds with boiling water neither do you want the water to be too cold to not be able to extract the goodies you want from them.
  5. Always clean your equipment and your French press after use, because old coffee stuck inside will make the new brew taste funky.