FRENCH PRESS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • French Press / Cafetiere

  • Digital Scales

  • Kettle

  • Cup/Mug

  • Spoon

  • Timer

  • Coffee 1

  • Filtered Water

OPTIONAL

  • Grinder

  • Thermometer

SUGGESTED RECIPE

METHOD

  1. Boil your water to the desired temperature. If you do not have a thermometer, boil till 100°C and leave your kettle open for about a minute.

  2. Warm up your French Press by removing the lid and pouring the freshly boiled water and adding back the lid and plunger; once the brewer is warm discard into your serving cup/ decanter to heat up as well.

  3. Weigh out your coffee.

  4. Grind your coffee aiming for a medium grind resembling something like sand/white sugar2.

  5. Place  the French Press (lid off) onto the scale, add the coffee and tare the scale.

  6. Start timer and add all your water all at once. Create enough turbulence ensuring all the coffee grounds has been saturated. 

  7. Wait until 30 seconds and you will see a layer at the top.

  8. Break through the crust with a spoon, using a gentle patting motion.

  9. Place the lid on top to keep the heat in, do not plunge just yet.

  10. Steep the coffee for 4 minutes.

  11. Plunge only to the top of the solution to avoid disrupting the sediment at the bottom.

  12. Gently pour the coffee out onto a decanter / serving cup

HOW TO ADJUST

After brewing try the coffee and if its not to your liking, try to understand what you don't like about it. Also remember your results will  vary when you:

  • Switch coffee beans / roast

  • Change the temperature of the water

  • Change the grind size

  • Change the brew duration

 

The below will help give some tips to get the coffee tasting the way you want. We would recommend to change one thing at a time and not everything all at once, that way you'll be able to identify what affected your coffee. Once you found that sweet spot, write it down for your next brew.

COFFEE TASTES SOUR

Most likely this means that your coffee is "under extracted" (i.e. not enough coffee has dissolved into your water); we would recommend one of the below changes. All these steps are designed increase the rate of extraction.

  1. Once you break through the crust (Step 8) give the coffee a decent stir

  2. Increase the temperature of your water (by two - tree degrees)

  3. Decrease the size of your grind (make it smaller), This will give you a more viscous coffee

COFFEE TASTES BITTER/BURNT

Most likely this means that your coffee is "over extracted" (i.e. too much coffee has dissolved into your water); we would one of the below changes. All these steps are designed decreases the rate of extraction.

  1. Decrease the temperature of your water (by two - tree degrees)

  2. Increase the size of your grind (make it bigger),

COFFEE DOES NOT TASTE STRONG ENOUGH

Decrease the amount of water used, we recommend in 25g increments (this of course will result in less yield). Alternatively you can just increase the weight of coffee and keep the suggested water amount.

COFFEE TASTES TOO STRONG

Increase the amount of water used, we recommend in 25g increments (this dilute the coffee taste and give more yield). Alternatively you can just increase the weight of coffee and keep the suggested water amount.

TOO MUCH SEDIMENT IN MY COFFEE

  • Easiest way to reduce the sediment in your cup is to steep the coffee for longer, the longer you leave the coffee in the brewer untouched the more the coffee grind will sink to the bottom. Be gentle when pouring y into your cup so that the coffee bed is undisturbed.

  • Increase the size of the grind so that it is bigger (you may need to increase your brew time as a result of making this change). If this still does not fix the issue

1 For best results, use freshly roasted whole beans (ideally roast 1 - 3 weeks old) and grind when necessary. If this is not possible we recommend buying small batches of coffee from your local coffee shop ground for French Press.

2 Remeasure because you may need to add a bit more as you’ll lose some mass in the burrs of your grinder. 

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