French press coffee is a simple, popular method of making coffee at home. It’s excellent at drawing out the aromas and oils from your coffee, providing the full depth of flavour of whatever bean you choose.
If you’ve never tried French press, you’re certainly missing out. Here are our tips to get the perfect French press coffee to get you started — or to remind you if you’ve been doing it a while.
1. Pour A Small Amount of Water On The Beans First
It’s tempting to just pour the hot water over the beans, but the real trick is to let your beans soak for about 30 seconds first. This gives the grinds time to bloom, as well as remove carbon dioxide that will sour the coffee flavour.
After you’ve given your coffee a chance to bloom, add the rest of the water.
2. Buy A Scale And Weigh Your Beans
Consistency is key. The problem is, not all coffee beans are consistent. Some have different densities, which means measuring by volume doesn’t give you the same weight. Coffee beans from Africa are often denser than those from South America, for example.
To compensate, buy a set of scales and use the weightof the beans, rather than the volume, when measuring out your coffee.
Your ratio should be about 1:16-1:18 coffee:water, depending on your taste. So for every gram of coffee, you need 16-18 grams of water. Luckily with water 1 ml = 1 gram, so don’t worry too much about weighing the water. Weigh the beans, then measure out the water accordingly.
If you’re finding your coffee is too strong or too weak, dial in the ratio to suit.
3. Grinds Will Rise; Stir Them To Take Them Down
Your grinds will almost inevitably rise to the top of the water — if not all of them, then at least some.
Give them a good stir about a minute into the brewing to drive them back down to the bottom. If the grinds aren’t fully submerged, they won’t brew as fully.
4. Brew Your French Press For 4 Minutes
We briefly mentioned this in the introduction, but it’s important to state: let the coffee brew for about 4 minutes before pouring. Start the timer when the water hits the coffee (but after they’ve soaked).
5. Pour Coffee Through A Paper Filter After Plunging
So once the coffee has brewed and you’ve pressed it, don’t just pour it straight into the mug! Pour the coffee through paper filter. Even the best French press will leave some grinds floating around in the coffee; the filter will pick up the last of these solubles and leave you with clean, pure coffee like you’ve always dreamed of.
All of the beans available from Perth Coffee Exchange can be made in a French press. Using this method, you’ll get the full, rich flavour from any of our beans you desire. Try them today.