If you would like to taste your coffee in a whole new way, consider making it with a French Press. Most of us are used to our coffee being brewed the most common way in an electrical, drip coffee maker. And most of us don’t know that this method has a flaw in the brewing process that hides the true fragrance of coffee: a paper filter. On one hand, the paper filter keeps most of the coffee scents from reaching your cup and prisons the coffee’s true potential. On the other hand, we can not just dump coffee grounds, pour in hot water into a cup and that’s it; the grounds are bitter, gritty, stick to teeth and must be separated. The French Press eliminates the coffee grounds but allows each of the flavors of the coffee come to life.
Although French Presses come in various sizes materials and shapes the Bodum Chambord Model remains to be a perfect example of a ubiquitous design found throughout the industry. The carafe holds the coffee and hot water. The handle attaches to the holder for the glass carafe. The carafe consists of a dome that shields the coffee while it brews. The plunger is a thin metal post with a ball on top that pushes through a little hole in the center of the dome. There is a filter at the bottom of the post, a wire mesh disc.
A quick note about ingredients. A cup of coffee is made of coffee beans and water. The water is just as crucial: make sure it is cold, fresh, and filtered.
So, how to make coffee in a French Press? Although, using a French Press is pretty self-explanatory, but for the perfectly brewed coffee, one has to follow a few simple steps.
1. Use only the clearest water, with no chlorine or hard minerals, so that nothing disturbs the coffee flavor.
2. Place your grinder to coarse. This will help to receive the largest coffee grounds possible and allow the water to derive the most flavor from the coffee. This will also help to decrease the amount of smaller grounds on the bottom of the cup. You will need about 2 round tablespoons of whole coffee beans per 8 oz. of water. Dump the coffee grounds into the carafe. Take a moment to feel the flavor of the dry ground coffee. Most of the brewers never miss this moment.
3. The perfect brewing temperature is 201-205 F. Just bring the water to a boil and rest 30 seconds to cool. Pour the water slowly into the carafe. But not too full! You will need some space for the plunger.
4. Notice the foaming action of the coffee and water. Stir with a spoon for 10 seconds. This will help to get rid of the foam and help the coffee to be brewed perfectly well.
5. Place the plunger on top of the carafe. But… do not press. Set a timer for 4 minutes. And wait. This will help the coffee to be perfectly brewed with no beautiful flavors and oils left in the coffee grounds.
6. At 4 minutes… Next, slowly press down the plunger to the bottom of the carafe, then pour the freshly brewed coffee in your cup. The coffee will be richer than if it has been brewed in a drip coffee maker. Breathe in the aroma. The smell is stronger, brighter. Taste the coffee before adding cream or sugar. When you reach the end of the cup you will notice some residue consisting of micro-grounds that made it through the filter.
7. Decant the coffee into a thermos as the coffee grounds at the bottom of the French Press will be continuing to brew the rest of the coffee and will eventually over brew it.
If you love coffee, you shall never miss a chance to try and purchase a French Press and make the best-tasting coffee in the simplest possible way. Prices begin at around $10 bucks for a 12 oz. unit.