French press brewing is one of the more common and less intimidating brewing methods available. French presses can be found at nearly any market or home store making them an iconic brewing device. They are also easy to learn and come in a variety of sizes, thus making coffee for your friends becomes simple and easy. A french press provides a full bodied cup of coffee, which can be a little darker or denser, and uses a metal filter to allow more oils to pass through, compared to paper filters. This also means that the cup might contain a little sediment or grounds. Therefore, make sure your French press has been thoroughly cleaned since it's last use. Any old grounds or residue in the mesh filter can taint your coffee with bitter flavors. For those just dipping their toes into specialty coffee, and who like it a little darker and heavier, the french press is the way to go.
1. Boil water to 195-205 deg or 30 seconds off boil.
2. Measure coffee. Weigh out 1 gram of coffee per 15 grams of water.
3. Grind coffee. A French Press is an immersion brewing method which works best with coarsely ground coffee. You should grind your coffee similar to that of coarse sea salt.
4. Bloom. With your water at the proper temperature, wet the coffee grounds and wait 30 to 45 seconds to wake up the coffee before adding the rest of the water.
5. Stir. Once you have added all of your water, stir the water and grounds for 10 to 15 seconds.
6. Wait. You need to wait another 3 minutes for your coffee to brew.
7. Break crust and stir 3-4 rotations.
8. Press. Hold the lid and slowly press down to filter your coffee.
Pour and sip either by yourself or with a friend.
Pro tip: Some people like filtering out the sediment by running the brewed coffee through a v60 filter. Try it and see how you like it.