French Press Coffee - How To Make It Best

A FRENCH PRESS CAN DELIVER A RICH, HEADY CUP EVERY TIME. HERE'S HOW TO DO IT.

Great for darker roasts, the french press offers a low tech, consistent, and reliably dense coffee.

needs:         water / kettle / french press / coffee / grinder / timer / spoon

prep:            boil water. scoop 56 grams coffee (about 8 tbsp) for a regular sized press. grind coarse (like bread crumbs). put grinds into press.

first minute:     about 30 seconds off boil, fill press halfway with water and start timer. at 1:00, give it a stir and add remaining hot water to top. cover.

wait 4 minutes:     at 4 minutes, press the plunger and pour all coffee out immediately. don't wait to pour coffee out. makes about 2 mugs of hot, rich coffee. add milk, or cardamom.

a note:           people go wrong with french press' in one simple way: typically they'll pour a cup and leave the other in the press. the result? an over-extracted, silty, bitter second cup. make sure and decanter all your coffee at the 4 minute mark. :)

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GOLDEN RATIOS FOR COMMON FRENCH PRESS SIZES:

4 Cup (17 oz.): 3.5 scoops (about 26 grams)

8 Cup (34 oz.): 8 scoops (about 56 grams)

12 Cup (51 oz.): 10.5 scoops (about 78 grams)

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