Why Use a French Press?
The French Press is a tried and true brewing method dating back to 1929. It has maintained its popularity due to its convenience, ease of use and the big bodied cups of coffee it produces. The French press uses a metal screen filter, which allows more of the oils and coffee fines to make their way into the final cup. The result is a dense mouthfeel, bolder flavor, and rounded sweetness.
You will need:
- 8 cup Fress Press
- Wooden spoon
- burr grinder
- electric gooseneck kettle
- digital gram scale
- filtered water
- whole bean Patriot coffee
Let’s Get Brewing!
Weigh & Grind
Weigh out 40g of your favorite whole bean coffee. Grind it on the coarsest setting your grinder will allow.
It should look about as coarse as breadcrumbs.
Set it Up
Warm your French Press up with hot water and dump the rinse water (this also helps temper the vessel).
Add the freshly ground coffee to the French Press and place the French Press on your scale. Make sure to zero out the scale.
Pour Your Water
Ensure your water is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start your timer as you begin pouring the water. Moving quickly, add water in concentric circles until your scale reaches 640g.
Stir the Crust
At the 45 second mark, use a spoon to stir the grounds and break the crust of coffee that has formed the top layer.
Give it a good stir, ensuring that all the grounds are evenly saturated. The color on top should now look more like a caramel foam.
Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew.
Take the Plunge
At the 4 minute mark, firmly press the plunger all the way down. If the plunger is resistant and difficult to press, use a coarser grind. If you feel the coffee tastes underextracted, try a slighter finer grind. For more troubleshooting tips, visit our Variables for Success blog post.
Pour & Enjoy
Pour into a mug and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Keep in mind, coffee left in the French Press will continue to extract, so it’s a good idea to pour any left overs into a carafe, or share with a friend.