Every day, millions of people from all over the world begin a new day with a cup of invigorating coffee. Different varieties, methods of grinding and recipes for the preparation of this drink make it possible to get many different shades of taste. For sure among your friends, there are those who have their own recipes for making coffee – strong, fragrant, with a rich taste.
One of the simplest and most affordable ways of making coffee is to brew it in a French Press. Unlike a rather expensive and cumbersome coffee machine, this device does not take a lot of space in your kitchen and will not become a purchase that has a significant impact on your family budget.
Choosing the Right Model of a French Press
Of all the possible ways of brewing coffee, brewing in a French Press is one of the easiest, most inexpensive and convenient methods. But which model of a French Press should you choose? Here is how to make the right choice.
• Do not choose the cheapest models. Despite the fact that coffee in such French Presses will still be delicious, they break very quickly. Too expensive models are also useless — elite French Presses, as a rule, have a high price only because of their brand name or unusual design. In practice, they do not have real advantages in comparison to a medium-priced French Press.
• For convenient washing, choose a French Press which can be easily disassembled.
• It is best to choose models where the press flask is made of heat-resistant glass.
• In general, the flask is the most vulnerable place in the French Press. That’s why it’s worth paying attention to models where the flask is seated tightly in the holder and where there is a spare flask.
Using a French Press to Make Coffee
The peculiarity of the French Press for coffee is that you do not need to select a specific sort of grains. To prepare tasty, rich coffee in a French Press, any coffee varieties are suitable.
Thanks to its special structure, the French Press fully allows the aroma and taste of the coffee to open. But to make really delicious coffee, you need to know a few secrets.
Tip # 1: No Restrictions on Coffee Varieties and Favorite Spices
In the French Press, you can brew any sort of coffee, including flavored varieties. Also, you can immediately add your favorite spices to the coffee. The main thing here is not to overdo it with additional ingredients, so as not to lose the taste of the coffee itself.
Tip # 2: Better Choose Coarse Grind
Coarse-grained coffee is essential for the French Press. It is not a problem if there are large particles after grinding. Try to use 1 incomplete tablespoon for every 2 cups of water that fit in a French Press.
If you do not want to spend time grinding, then you can buy already ground coffee. It is best to buy medium roast coffee.
Tip # 3: Do Not Add Boiled Water
If you want your coffee to have a rich taste, add a little cold water to the French Press and stir it gently. Leave the coffee to infuse, for example, while the kettle is warming up. Be careful – you cannot add boiled water to the French Press if you do not want to ruin the taste of your coffee. The water temperature should not exceed 180 degrees.
Pour water but not up to the brim of the flask. Leave about 2 fingers of space. The cream formed on the surface should be immediately stirred with a spoon. Then cover the flask with the lid. Do not touch the piston so far.
Tip # 4: Determine the Duration of Coffee Brewing, Depending on the Desired Strength
With the right brewing, you will immediately see a creamy foam on the surface. It should be quickly stirred with a spoon. If suddenly you did not get a cream at this stage, then either the water temperature was wrong or the coffee was of poor quality.
One must take into account one small nuance – it takes much less time to brew coffee in a French Press than in a cezve. The time depends on what kind of coffee you want – strong or not. Standard coffee is brewed for not more than 4 minutes after the flask is filled with water. If you need stronger coffee, brew it for about 6-7 minutes.
Tip # 5: Lower the Piston Only After Brewing
After 4-7 minutes, once the coffee is brewed, remove the lid and stir the coffee again. Put the lid back in place and only now start to slowly push the piston.
The coffee should be poured over the cups as soon as the piston has reached the bottom. Do not keep the coffee in the French Press for too long or reheat it anew.