What makes a French press so special? What is all the fuzz about? In actuality, the answer is pretty simple: the coffee is customizable. Let’s see what I mean by this.
The thing about French presses, cafetieres, or coffee presses (you can find the same contraption under these different names) is that whatever beverage you end up with, you customized and controlled every step of the production process. For a coffee aficionado, this is invaluable and beats other, more conventional ways of brewing, such as the classic coffee maker or the cheaper single cup cone.
But anyways, that’s the thing about French presses: you decide. From the water temperature, to the grind size of your beans, to the amount of time the liquid will be brewing, it’s all up to you. It goes without saying, though, that this is not always a good thing. There are do’s and don’ts when it comes to pressed coffee.
When it comes to French presses, it looks like people either love them or hate them. Personally, I think that if a few things are taken into account, you can make a delicious cup of coffee that will be suited to your own personal taste, and that is hard to beat.
So I have compiled a list of useful and simple tricks from my own experience and from top notch guides like this one so you can take the most advantage out of this sophisticated coffee brewer. Once you get the hang of it, you will not want to come back. The French press truly is an amazing device:
- Take advantage of your phone’s stopwatch app. Timing your brewing process its crucial when using a press.
- Coarse ground beans. The coarsest available in your grinder if you ground your own beans.
- Give your mixture a thorough stir 30 or 45 seconds in.
- Be patient. Brewing can take around four minutes on average, so sit tight and wait. I promise you won’t regret it.
- Plunge (carefully!) and enjoy your freshly pressed cup of coffee.
- Lastly don’t use old (stale) beans. See this post for more on storing your coffee beans.