From humble beginnings of a cheesecloth screen fitted on a rod, the French Press has undergone many design modifications. We love it for its simplicity, subtle fruit flavours and the fact that most households have one stashed in their cupboard.
Good tasting french press coffee starts with a clean plunger. Closely inspect the plunger to ensure no old coffee oils, grinds or dust are present as this will taint the flavours.
Put the kettle on to boil, we prefer to use filtered water. Make sure you have enough water for brewing as well as preheating the plunger.
Once the kettle boils pour hot water into the plunger to preheat, if the glass is cold it will suck all the warmth from the brewing water.
Measure/weigh out your ground coffee. We find that as a general rule, one heaped tablespoon per cup is a good ratio or 60-70 grams of coffee per litre of water.
Pour out the water used to preheat the plunger. Give the glass a quick wipe out, then drop the measured amount of ground coffee into the plunger pot.
Pour the hot water immediately over the coffee grinds. Use the stream of water to saturate the grinds as you pour. Don't forget to use the appropriate amount of water for the size of plunger.
Give the grind and water a thorough stir to ensure the bloom is fully saturated. This agitation allows for more flavour to be extracted from the grinds.
Set your brew timer to four minutes. If you have hot water left over, use this to preheat your cup/mug.
In the final 15 seconds, break the crust of the coffee grinds with the back of a spoon. Skim off the rest of the floating coffee grinds with your spoon before plunging. This process enables an easier press, better clarity and cleaner flavours.
Place the plunger filter into the plunger chamber. Plunge by pressing down with a firm but controlled pressure. Be sure to take care plunging, pressing too quickly can result in coffee squirting out of the spout. If the filter is difficult to plunge, stop immediately, the coffee may be ground too fine.
Once the filter reaches the bottom the brew is ready to drink. Pour out into your preheated cup, sip and enjoy.
Take your time sipping and really taste the coffee, the flavours and nuances change as the brew cools. If you like a stronger brew, try adding more ground coffee, grinding the coffee finer or brewing for longer than four minutes. We do not recommend exceeding six minutes. Please note that grinding finer than recommended can produce excess sediment in the cup and a dry astringent mouth feel.