French Press: Your Simple Guide
How to make coffee using a French press
The trick for great coffee, as we all know, is the careful mix of ground coffee and water. Ideally for your cup, you want to have ground coffee beans to water ratio of 1:15. This means for every gram of ground coffee, you need 15 grams (milliliters) of water.
As a great example, we'll start with 40 grams of ground coffee and 600 milliliters of water.
The Key Steps:
- Fill and start the kettle with 600 milliliters of water.
- Meanwhile, pour 40 grams of ground coffee into your French Press.
- Wait for the kettle to finish, then pour the hot water into the french press to fill a third of the height only.
- Wait for 30 seconds until a layer of foam starts to form then start a 5-minute timer.
- Pull the plunger all the way up.
- Pour the rest of the water then close the lid.
- At the 3:50 mark, slowly and gently push the plunger till the end.
- Your delicious cup of coffee is now ready to be served!
- Lastly, below you'll find the French Press Maintenance Process.
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For 40 grams of coffee and 600 milliliters the:
Estimated brewing time is: 4:40
Strength is: Medium-Strong
The Number of cups: 2
The above example is our recommendation, however, there is plenty of room to experiment and get creative (Tea maybe?). We're very interested to know what ratio worked best for you! (Get In Touch)
Another great thing about the French press is that it can be used in more than one way. Did you know that you can also brew tea in a French press? This device is a favorite of tea enthusiasts who like to drink loose tea leaves; It works great for steeping and filtering.
But you might be more interested in a more coffee-related use: Milk frothing. Just picture it: You’ve got your coffee, just how you want it, made using your very own French press. Yet today, you feel like black coffee just won’t cut it; You want a little cream, maybe a little foam. Ah, but you don’t have those fancy steam machines, so you can’t foam or froth the milk, isn’t that so? Not so fast!
Frothing milk with a French press
Nothing's more satisfying than making your own frothed milk. Here’s a very easy to follow guide for frothing milk that works using a full-fat, low-fat, soy, cashew, oat milk or any type of milk.
The Key Steps:
- In a small pot, heat up the milk to around 90C°. If using vegetable milk, 80°C is enough.
- Make sure the French press is empty, then pour the heated milk to about half the height.
- Pull the plunger of the press all the way up, then close the lid.
- Repeatedly thrust the plunger strongly back and forth for 30 seconds.
- Finally, gently remove the lid.
- Your frothed milk is now ready to serve!
For better-frothed milk, you can spend more time in step 3 (ideally 1 minute), however, be careful of milk spillage if you spend too much time.
Vegetable kinds of milk are more sensitive to heat and can be hard to froth properly if overheated as the milk texture will be ruined. This is particularly important for oat, rice, or any starchy milk.
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French press maintenance
It's best to clean your French Press straight after using it to avoid coffee beans sticking and ruining the device. If you're in a hurry, make sure to at least rinse it with water and leave it till you are able to get back to it.
If you forget to wash it or rinse it, don't worry we have your back! Here is what to do:
The Key Steps:
- Soak the filter in white vinegar overnight, then brush it with a sponge.
- Next. soak the filter in water with baking soda. Rub the mixture on the filter.
- Soak the filter in water with soap and hydrogen peroxide. Wash the rest with soap. Rinse thoroughly.
- Your French Press should now be clean and ready to be used again!
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You now know the secret of making a great cup of coffee. It's your turn to share with us your secret after adding your exquisite touch!