The French Press, also known as a press pot or Melior, is a simple way to make a rich delicious cup of coffee. The French Press is a low tech portable coffee brewing method. Let hot water steep over coarsely ground coffee for 3-4 minutes before pressing down the filter and serving. It doesn’t get more simple than that.
Brewing with the French Press
Warm up your empty French Press by rinsing it with very hot water. This helps maintain the temperature while brewing for best extraction.
Measure out approximately two tablespoons of course ground coffee per 6 ounces of water. The amount of coffee you use depends on your desired brew strength. Here is a guide for our preferred brew strength per french press size:
3 cup (12 oz) = 3-4 tablespoons
4 cup (17 oz) = 4-5 tablespoons
8 cup (34 oz) = 9-10 tablespoons
12 cup (51 oz) = 13-15 tablespoon
Now that your French Press is warmed up, discard the hot water and add coffee into the empty press. Start your count-up timer as soon as you add hot water. Fill it up halfway to the top saturating all the grounds, making sure that there are no dry spots.
At 1:00, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the top layer we call the crust. We prefer to use wood and not metal so you don’t accidentally crack the glass. Give it a good stir.
Now, fill it all the way to the top with water. Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down.
At 4:00, you are ready to press. Firmly push the press all the way down.
Serve it up. Pour coffee into a carafe immediately to avoid over extraction. If the coffee sits on the grounds too long, it continues to extract and will become bitter. To clean the French Press, we find it easiest to add a little water to the grounds, give it a good swirl, and empty into the trash or compost bin.
Enjoy your fresh brewed Coffee!
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