The French Press is a full-immersion brewing method, meaning all the coffee grounds will become “immersed” by hot water for several minutes before being filtered and served.
Step 1. Weigh and Heat
The first step in brewing on a French Press is to weigh the beans. For the average French Press we will use 50 grams of coffee. After weighing the beans, use hot water to pre-heat the French Press vessel.
Step 2. Grind
After your water is heated (recommended between 200-205 degrees), grind your beans. The size should be similar to coarse sea salt. Once the coffee is ground, add it to the French Press.
Step 4. Bloom
First pour about 150 grams of water onto the beans. Immediately afterwards begin stirring the coffee in order to saturate all the grounds in the hot water. Once finished allow the “slurry” to sit for about 45 seconds.
*Slurry – Fancy coffee word for the mixture of grounds and hot water – aka coffee before it has been filtered
Step 5. Pour More
After 45 seconds fill the rest of the French Press with water and then stir again. Allow this to sit and for about 5 minutes total.
Step 6. Clean Up and Press
Most people would not add this to their “list of French Press” steps, but we’ve found it creates much less sediment and a much more enjoyable drinking experience.*
Once you reach about 5 minutes, use a spoon to gently remove all the coffee grounds that are floating at the top of the French Press. Once these grounds have been removed, insert the plunger and slowly begin to press down. This will filter the brewed coffee from the rest of the small sediment left.
Pro Tip: Press down very gently and slowly, and do not press down until you hit the bottom. Pressing too quickly or pressing hard onto the bottom will cause the grounds which have settled at the bottom to shoot back up, causing more fine grinds to end up in the finished cup.
Step 7. Enjoy
Now that you’ve sucessfully brewed a French Press it’s time to pour yourself a cup and enjoy!