Apr 12

Learn How To Make French Press Coffee

How To Make French Press Coffee (courtesy of ParisiCoffee.com)

Hello! I’m Jasper with Parisi Coffee, and today, we’re gonna show you how to make fabulous coffee, using a press! It’s really very simple.

The first thing we’re gonna do is get some water heated. It doesn’t matter if you use a microwave or the stove top. For this demonstration, we’re gonna use 34 ounces of water. The ideal water temperature for making coffee in a press is between 195 and 200 degrees.

It’s very important to have the right ratio of coffee to water. In a press, we recommend a gram and a half of coarsley ground coffee to every ounce of water. While the water heats, we’ll prepare the press. Take a regular home scale, put the press on it, and zero out the weight. Because this is a 34-ounce press, and our ratio of coffee to water is 1.5 grams of coffee to each ounce of water, I’m gonna put in 51 grams of coffee into the press. If you don’t have a scale, the french press does come with a scoop that holds roughly 7 grams of coffee.

Today, for our coffee, we’re using a Parisi Original Kengua blend. It’s an intense coffee that enhances the palette with a smooth, mellow flavor, rich body and distinctive bouquet. So, how do you know just how coarse the coffee needs to be? One simple way is to go to your nearest grocery store, buy a small amount of coffee beans – maybe a quarter pound – and grind it in the store’s coffee grinder, just like this one. Grind it on the coarse setting. Use this as your control sample, so you know what the coffee should look like when you grind it at home. You want to make sure there’s no coffee in the store’s grinder before you prepare your sample.

Once the water comes to a boil, give it a quick stir, and if you have a kitchen thermometer, check the temperature. Now, all you do is pour your heated water into the press and let it steep for 4 minutes. After about one minute, take a spoon and break the top crust of the coffee and give it a stir. Put the lid on to hold the heat in. Now we wait. Four minutes is just the right amount of time needed to extract the best flavors from the coffee beans.

Now, all you do is push down the press, and you’re ready to serve! Here’s a serving tip…if you make a full press of coffee, take the extra coffee that’s still in the press, and put it in either another press, or a thermal container. If you let the water stay in contact with the coffee for too long, the coffee may become bitter.

If you want to make really high quality coffee for a large dinner party, make as many presses as you need, and pour them into a thermal pot to keep your coffee hot. Enjoy!

Now, that’s a great cup of coffee!



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