About the French Press
The French Press is a popular coffee brewing method that can be somewhat controversial. Some people love it, while others don't - but we happen to find it delightful, not to mention environmentally friendly, as there are no disposable filters required.
As one of the most common household items used to brew coffee, we felt compelled to create a tutorial to help you get the most out of your French Press. By giving the coffee grounds enough time to sink to the bottom of the press, you'll enjoy a bold, clean, and delicious cup of coffee every time.
The key to success is patience. Give the coffee time to steep, and don't rush the process. When you're done serving, be sure to pour any remaining coffee into a clean container to prevent it from over-brewing and becoming bitter.
With these simple tips, you'll be brewing perfect French Press coffee in no time. Join us in our commitment to eco-friendliness and great taste by giving the French Press a try today!
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The French Press - Step by Step Guide - VIDEO
STEP 1: GET THE ESSENTIALS
Your French Press should come as shown in the picture to the left. We recommend preheating all the equipment before starting the brewing process to ensure the best results.
Here's what you'll need:
- Syzygy Specialty Coffee
- French Press
- Kettle (preferably gooseneck)
With these essential items, you'll be ready to start brewing your own delicious French Press coffee. Let's get started!
STEP 2: THE RIGHT GRIND
A key factor in making a great French Press coffee is using a coarse grind. This is because the coffee needs time to interact with the hot water, and a coarse grind allows for a slower extraction process.
We recommend using 30 grams of Syzygy Specialty Coffee for the best results.
STEP 3: TURN UP THE HEAT
To make the perfect French Press coffee, we recommend using 30 grams of Syzygy Specialty Coffee with 450 mL of water heated to 89°C (192°F).
This ratio of coffee to water (1:15) is ideal for achieving a well-balanced flavor. It's also a good idea to heat up a little extra water to preheat the French Press before brewing.
STEP 4: ADD THE COFFEE
Add the 30 grams of Syzygy Specialty Coffee to the preheated French Press. Using a scale to measure the precise amount is recommended to ensure consistency in your brewing process.
STEP 5: BLOOM IT!
Pour twice the amount of water as you have coffee, in this case 60mL, over the grounds.
Wait for 30 seconds to allow the coffee to bloom and release excess CO2, which can cause bitterness. During this time, your fresh coffee should build a golden or light brown foam on the surface.
STEP 6: POUR THE REST
Pour the remaining water slowly and gently, making sure to cover all the coffee grounds. The total amount of water should be 450mL, as we are using a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio.
STEP 7: ADD THE REMAINING WATER
Using a gentle stirring motion, stir the coffee to ensure that any possible clumps are broken up. We recommend using the stirrer that comes with the AeroPress , as it is perfect for the job. Just make sure not to use anything hard or metallic, as it could potentially break the glass of the French Press.
STEP 8: CLEANUP
Scraping the top layer is a great tip to get a cleaner cup of coffee. However, it's worth noting that it's not necessary to do this step if you prefer a more full-bodied or textured cup. It's up to personal preference.
STEP 9: T-MINUS 4 MINUTES
Place the lid on top of the French Press and wait for approximately 4 minutes tol allow the coffee grounds to steep and settle to the bottom. During this time, it's important not to move the French Press as this can cause the grounds to float back up and affect the taste of the coffee.
STEP 10: A SLIGHT PUSH
The coffee should have settled to the bottom. Now, very gently, push the French Press's plunger all the way down to the bottom of the press. Do it very slowly to avoid stirring the coffee.
STEP 12: SERVE AND ENJOY!
Being very gentle, avoid stirring the coffee, and slowly pour your coffee. That's it! You have now made a delicious cup of French Press coffee.
Don't forget to clean the French Press afterward to keep it in good condition. Enjoy your cup of coffee!