The French press, also known as a coffee press, is a thrilling device that is used to brew coffee. It may also be known as a coffee plunger and the coffee that is brewed in it is known as plunger coffee. It is a cylinder shaped beaker which is usually made of glass, however nowadays even plastic and steel models are available.
To make coffee in a French press, you will require coffee that is more coarse than a drip brew coffee filter. This is because finely ground coffee will seep through the filter and into your coffee, which is rather undesirable. You will find that the piston of the plunger which is made of mesh allows the liquid to flow through it, while restraining large ground pieces. Thus the size of the beans will determine how fast the water will flow through the coffee and in turn affect the total brew time.
However, keeping factors such as brew time, brew yield and the size of your ground coffee in mind, it is noteworthy to know that you can stop the brew in ten seconds or even ten days, depending on how much quantity of coffee you want to make. In other words, the above three factors are not absolute in determining the taste of your coffee!
You can make amazing coffee at home through very simple methods. Here are some tips on how to make French press coffee. Start by placing the ground coffee in an empty jar or beaker. Approximately take 30 grams of coffee and add to it 450 ml of water. A great tip is to keep in mind that the water should be within 93-96 degrees Celsius.
Initially add only around one third of the water and give it a light stir for around thirty seconds. This will allow the coffee to “bloom”. Ground coffee cells contain certain solids that we need to extract. Carbon dioxide gas is contained in fresh coffee, trapped in the coffee cells, which is released when wetting. This is referred to as the bloom.
The remaining two-thirds of water should be poured over the entire surface of the coffee, gradually. Now cover the beaker and let it brew. Approximately, the entire brewing time should be four minutes. After the brewing time is over, you can press the plunger; this separates the coffee grounds and holds them at the bottom of the beaker. You can now pour out the remaining of the coffee. Though you may find that small pieces of coffee grind have seeped through the mesh, don’t let this discourage you.
If you prefer your coffee a little more strong and bitter, allow the brewed coffee to remain in the beaker along with the coffee grounds. You can allow this to take place up to twenty minutes, depending on your taste.
The French press is used for more gradual brewing which results in a brew that is full-flavoured, more syrupy and sweet!