Coffee is love, it’s a cult culture. Coming in shapes and forms, coffee has an unmatched combination of both flavour and natural stimulants, blended in a cup of hot and cold, with and without, crème, milk, whatever suits you.
But the fundamentals of coffee making or rather coffee brewing remaining the same.
You need ground coffee, hot water, and you are good to go. But the variation in coffee making, which makes it one of the most varied served beverage is offered by the little tweaking of ingredients and adjustments in timings and temperature and exposure rate playing key roles.
Without jumping into the details of each and every coffee making protocol, let us talk about the easiest and the most fundamental, The French Press.
But it is really very difficult to get yourself the best cup of coffee with just the taste and strength you desire. And heading for an expensive Coffee Shop is simply does not offer justice to your wallets. So you might as well make it at home whenever you need it or at your office to let the coffee take charge of your mood.
This has become feasible with the advent of variety in coffee makers, which can be bought in digestible currency numbers. Some of the best and popular coffee makers widely used are the French Press, Aerobie Aero Press, Bialetti Moka Pot and so on.
This article primarily focuses upon your requirements with a French Press Coffee maker and to extract the best use out of it. Following are the easy steps that will give you a nice hot cup of coffee.
How to Make French Press Coffee?
- First of all, you should totally know the type of coffee you want to have. It depends on how many cups you are planning to make so that you can add just the right amount of ground coffee and enhance the taste.
- 1 cup needs about 2 tablespoons of coffee beans, 2 cups need about one-fourth cup of coffee beans, 4 cups need about a half cup of coffee beans and 8 cups need about one cup of coffee beans. So you must definitely measure this amount of coffee beans before grinding them in a press.
- Grind the beans if possible and available in the Burr grinder keeping it in the ’Coarse’ mode. If you don’t have the Burr grinder you can also use the Blade grinder, by stopping every couple of seconds and then inverting the grinder topside down and giving it a nice shake while holding the lid in its place so that all the beans are coarsely grounded.
- Now put this grounded coffee into the French press. Before putting the French press into use, you can warm some water and put it in the press in order to warm up the walls of the press. In a kettle heat the amount of water required as mentioned above. You have to heat it to about 195 degrees Fahrenheit (below 212 degrees Fahrenheit which is the boiling point of water at sea level). Then let the water cool for a minute and then pour it into the French press. Also if you are using one of those kettles with specified working modes then choose ‘Coffee’ and your work will get easier.
- Now for the best coffee in a cup, you need to stir the coffee and water pretty well for a minute or so. This should be vigorous with up and down motion.
- The final step is pressing the plunger. As soon as you are done with the stirring, you need to press the plunger right to the bottom and then serve the coffee in the cups. Also when you have pressed the plunger and prepared the coffee but do not want to drink it immediately, do not leave the ground coffee in the press as that will make it bitter. You can use a thermos flask as or a Carafe in order to keep the coffee hot.
Some Refinements That You Can Definitely Opt for in Order to Get the Best Cup of French Press Coffee Are Given Below:
1. Prevent sediment in your mug:
You can do this by using a paper or a cloth filter to remove the muddy sediment that is present in your coffee mug after it has been poured from the French press.
2. Do not squeeze the grounds!
Costs are increasing so everyone hates to have wastages, especially of the edible items. But in the case of the French press, you should never keep pressing the plunger even when the mug is full. The good flavours are extracted only during the normal press time. If after that you go for the pressing you are just inviting the bitter flavours into your mug of coffee.
3. Brewing continues after the plunge:
You will always find that the first cup that you poured from the press tastes better than the second cup into which you pour out the remaining coffee left in the press. It is because though plunging separates the grounds from the liquid coffee, doesn’t actually stop the brewing.
4. You can definitely enjoy cold coffee!
It is pretty time taking for cold water to absorb all the flavours from the coffee. So you have to be prepared in order to enjoy french press cold brew. Combine cold water with coffee and keep it for a long duration of time with frequent stirring. Twelve hours is apt for best results. Then put it into the French press and press the plunger. Store the concentrate in the refrigerator and then serve it with ice cubes.
Conclusion: How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker?
This was the lucid most tutorial to prepare french press coffee.
You can also view the list of Best French press coffee makers to ease the process even more. You can also use our method to prepare cold brew french press coffee.
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