French Press

What you need

8 cup French Press brewer
Grinder
56g (8 Tablespoons) of fresh coffee (1:18, coffee:water)
Hot water just off the boil (about 96°C)
Wooden spoon or coffee paddle
Scale
Timer
Mug

Preparation

Step 1: Warm up the press
Warm up your empty French Press by rinsing it with very hot water. This helps maintain the temperature while brewing for best extraction.

Step 2: Measure and grind
Measure out your coffee and grind it as coarse as breadcrumbs.

Step 3: Add Water
Now that your French Press is warmed up, discard the hot water and add coffee into the empty press. Start your count-up timer as soon as you add hot water. Fill it up to the top saturating all the grounds, making sure that there are no dry spots.

Step 4: Let It Sit, Then Break & Stir

Leave it sit for four minutes to develop flavour. Break the crust then stir three times. Scrape the foam off using one or two spoons. Then discard the foam.

Step 5: Leave it sit again

Let the coffee sit for another five minutes. This allows all the small pieces to fall to the bottom and for the coffee to cool down a little.

Step 6: Don’t Press

Put the filter on top of the mixture, not fully down. Use the filter just to filter the coffee, not to press.

Step 7: Serve

Pour the coffee slowly so you don’t disturb the coffee at the bottom. Leave the coffee in the press if you like, the coffee isn’t over extracting in it!