Make at Home: French Press

This refers to the device that makes this type of coffee. Also known as a Press Pot or Plunger Pot. There are many manufacturers and the pots are readily available. Using this method will give you an excellent cup of coffee and your friends will be amused watching you prepare and brew the coffee right at your table!

You will need a French Press of course and a water kettle or heat source for water, and coffee. Milk and sweetener are optional.

Generally the French Press uses a medium to coarse grind. The grind must be large enough so that the mesh filter works and does not get clogged. Because of the larger grind, the brewing time is a bit longer than with other methods.

Water temperature is vital. Doing it correctly, you can make what many say is the perfect cup of coffee. Ideally, you want the temperature between 195 and 200 degrees F. One way to do this is to boil the water and use an “instant read” thermometer from any kitchen store or a water kettle that is temperature controlled.

Remove the lid and plunger. Use two rounded tablespoons of coffee for each eight oz. of water.

Using the proper temperature water, start slowly adding it to the pot. Most of the coffee will float. You can briefly stir the water at this point and many grinds will sink. The screen should be up against the bottom of the lid. Place the lid on the press.

The proper brewing time depends on your grind so you will need to practice. Timing from the addition of the water, you will need to begin the plunge after a total of THREE to FIVE minutes. The finer the grind you use, the shorter the time. We typically brew for five minutes. Hold the lid with one hand and carefully push the plunger down, the screen will push the grinds to the bottom.

Pour and enjoy!