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FutureStarrHow to Use a French Pressor
Your morning ritual might always include coffee and the ritual of filter brewing. But would it be possible to seriously improve coffee without buying a lot of new gadgets and gear? And what lasts longer, a coffee mug or French press?
What you measure out depends largely on the size of your coffee press and the amount of coffee you want. I hope you used a coffee grinder to freshly grind your beans. See the FAQ’s below for the right grind size. For the basic method, you want a medium-coarse grind but if you’re following the advanced bonus steps, you want a medium grind. AeroPress- The AeroPress uses pressure to extract flavor from coffee grounds. It produces delicious coffee, but also can only produce one cup of coffee at a time. We love taking our AeroPress camping. It is packable and perfect for calm mornings when you have the time!
Place grounds into the French press and slowly pour hot water into the French press. Then, use a long spoon to mix the ground to make sure they are fully submerged. Let brew for 5 minutes (or more if you like really strong coffee). We like to place the French press top on top of the grounds while it’s brewing so no hot air escapes. (Source: fitfoodiefinds.com)
When used properly, a French press coffee maker yields the perfect cup of joe — unless you’re using crappy coffee beans, then nothing can save you. When used poorly, though, it can easily ruin the brew, sending coffee grounds swirling into the liquid and destroying your beverage, your mood, and your morning. Many a coffee enthusiast out there has never even tried a hand at the French press given the device’s perilous reputation. (If you need more proof, just search “French Press Fails” on YouTube — there are way more than you might think.)
The other reason coarse grinds are the best for French press brewing is due to the way the hot water permeates these larger bits of the bean during the extended time the grounds and water spend together, which is different than drip coffee. Large grounds absorb more water than finer bits and subsequently release more flavor, yet they do not lead to the over-extraction common with finer grinds, thus the resulting brew is full-flavored without being acidic or astringent in taste. (On the other hand, a quick-brewing espresso requires an extra-fine grind, and some bitterness is expected and desired.) (Source: www.themanual.com)