How to French…Press Coffee

I know it seems like making French Press coffee is as simple as coffee grounds and hot water, but it’s the little extra steps that make a whole lotta difference:

Step 1: Purchase your beans whole for maximum flavor and freshness. Store beans in an airtight container and keep it out of direct sunlight — away from heat, cold, and moisture. Avoid storing your beans in the fridge or freezer; these places can facilitate odor contamination and damaging condensation.
Step 2: Use a burr grinder if you are grinding your own beans. Grinding with a blade grinder results in uneven bean particles, which affects coffee extraction and ultimately muddles the flavor.
Step 3: Try to grind your beans only right before you brew them.

Step 4: Making Coffee in a French Press

What You’ll Need:

French press, cleaned and dry
Spoon
Timer
Coffee Cup

– Grind coffee. It’s important that the coffee be ground coarse. If you don’t, the grounds can get through the press holes and make the coffee grainy.
– Add coffee to pot — One tablespoon of coffee for every 4 oz. of water.
– Add water. Bring the water just to a boil and then let it cool for about 45 seconds. Pour into the pot so that it saturates the grounds. The key is to saturate all the grounds evenly. You should move the stream around as you pour to facilitate this.
– Start timer for 4 minutes.
– After 1 minute, stir grounds in the pot.
– Put press/top on pot.
– Press the pot at exactly 4 minutes.
– Pour the coffee. Do this as soon as you’ve pressed the pot. The longer you leave the water mixed with the grounds, the more bitter the coffee will be.

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