About the French Press
The French Presss is a coffee brewer with controversy. People seem to either love it or hate it - we personally find it delighful, not to mention amazing for the environment as there are no dispopsable filters.
As one of the most common household items used to brew coffee, we felt compelled into making a tutorial for it. We guarantee you will get a clean, bold, delicious cup of coffee every time.
The secret? Time. You need to give the coffee gorunds time to sink to the bottom of the French Press to ensure you get a clean cup of coffee at the end.
Tip: when done serving, if you're left with coffee in the French Press, be sure to pour it into a clean container; if it stays in the French Press, it will continue to brew and eventually turn bitter.
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STEP 1: GET THE ESSENTIALS
Your French Press should come as it does on the picture to the left. We suggest preheating everything before you start. You should have:
- Syzygy Specialty Coffee
- French Press
- Kettle (gooseneck preferred)
STEP 2: THE RIGHT GRIND
Coarse Grind is key. Coffee will interact with the hot water for a while, so the extraction needs to be slow. We'll be using 30gr of coffee.
STEP 3: TURN UP THE HEAT
For the 30grams of coffee, we'll need 450mL of water heated to 89°C (192°F). Heat up a little extra to pre-heat the French Press.
We're doing 30gr of coffee so we need 450mL of water (a 1:15 ratio).
STEP 4: ADD THE COFFEE
Add the coffee to the pre-heated French Press. Do it on top of a scale to measure the precise amount.
STEP 5: BLOOM IT!
Pour 2x as much water as you have coffee - in this case, 60mL. Wait 30 seconds. Your fresh coffee should build some golden/light brown foam.
This expands the coffee in a process called blooming which releases excess CO2 and removes bitterness from the coffee.
STEP 6: POUR THE REST
Stir the coffee to ensure you break up any possible clumps. We like using the stirrer that comes with thew AeroPress.
We suggest not using anything hard or metallic as it could break the glass.
STEP 8: CLEANUP
This step is optional but recommended.
Using spoons, scrape the top layer to remove excess bits of coffee that don't sink to the bottom. This will help give you a cleaner cup of coffee at the end.
STEP 9: T-MINUS 4 MINUTES
Place the lid on top of the French Press and don't push down. Wait approximately 4 minutes.
This will allow the grounds to settle to the bottom while brewing. Don't move the French Press as this can make the grounds float back up.
STEP 10: A SLIGHT PUSH
The coffee should have settled to the bottom. Now, very gently, push the French Press's mesh about 1/4 of an inch into the brewed coffee.
Do it very slowly to avoid stirring the coffee. You don't need to push all the way down.
STEP 12: SERVE AND ENJOY!
Being very gentle, avoid stirring the coffee, and slowly serve. Enjoy!
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