French press coffee has a special aroma that makes it the coffee preparation method preferred by millions of people. Tasty and healthy, this method has a great advantage that the coffee grains aren’t boiled. Moreover, if you know how to prepare it, this coffee will cheer up your mornings with its awesome aroma and its delightful taste. Following the French press instructions, though, requires a specific procedure, as you are going to see in a moment.
The coffee beans have to be coarsely ground, in order to be suitable for this preparation method. The perfect grind is the one that enables you to push down the press and still feel a little resistance. If you can push without the slightest effort, this means the grind is too coarse. If on the contrary, you feel a lot of resistance, it means the grind is too fine.
The water needs to be hot, but not boiling. On the other hand, if the water isn’t hot enough, the coffee will have a sour taste. For best results, you should be able to measure the temperature, in order to obtain consistent results each and every time. Besides, you should pour the water over the coffee grains very slowly, evenly, without creating turbulence. Special kettles with gooseneck are the best, but they are quite pricey, so you may want to find another solution to avoid those turbulences.
For consistent results, you should use the same amount of coffee grains each and every time. This means you need kitchen scales or another accurate way of measuring this amount. You can use a measuring cup, but scales are the most accurate instruments, so you should probably buy one, as they aren’t extremely expensive.
The glass recipient needs to be warmed before you start preparing the coffee. After you put the coffee grains, you should pour a small amount of hot water over them and wait for a few seconds before pouring the rest of the water. Once you’re done, you need to watch that the total brewing time doesn’t exceed four minutes. You may mix the coffee before applying the press, but this is an optional step. As a matter of fact, some people claim you don’t have to mix before pressing, while others swear this is the best method to obtain an excellent drink. The best thing is to run your own tests and to make notes of the results so that you can compare them. This will enable you to determine the exact amount of coffee grinds, the water volume and the water temperature that produce the best cup of coffee. You may experiment with the preparation times, as well, until you find the perfect recipe for preparing a cup of coffee to die for.
As soon as you’re done with the preparation, you should pour the coffee into cups. Don’t let it sit in the French press for a while longer, because the prolonged contact between the coffee grinds and the water will result in a bitter taste of the drink. Besides, the strength is also going to intensify, so you may develop sleep troubles if you drink too much of this coffee.
It comes without saying that all the above steps aren’t going to lead you to the perfect result if you don’t use high-quality coffee beans, properly roasted and freshly ground. You should purchase solely Arabica coffee, as this is the highest quality sort that exists. You are welcome to experiment with the origin of the beans or with various blends, but you should never go for lower quality mixes.