If you're looking for a simple and affordable way to make a delicious cup of coffee, a French press might be just what you need. Also known as a press pot or plunger pot, a French press uses a metal mesh filter and a plunger to brew coffee and extract its full flavour. This method of brewing allows for more oils and flavours to be extracted from the coffee grounds, resulting in a rich and full-bodied cup of coffee. In this guide, we'll walk you through the basics of brewing with a French press, including the materials you'll need and the steps to follow to brew the perfect cup. Whether you're a coffee aficionado or a beginner, a French press is a great addition to any coffee lover's collection.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- French press
- Spring Valley Coffee Rongo, Zamanee or Gourmet beans
- Coffee grinder (optional)
- Stovetop or kettle
- Brewing guide:
- Boil water in a kettle or on a stovetop until it reaches around 93-96c.
- While the water is heating, grind your coffee beans to a coarse consistency. If you don't have a grinder, you can purchase pre-ground coffee, but freshly ground beans will yield a more flavourful cup of coffee.
- Add the coffee grounds to your French press. A good rule of thumb is to use 28 grams of coffee per 125 grams of water.
- Once the water has reached the proper temperature, pour it over the coffee grounds in the French press, ensuring that all the grounds are wet. Give it a quick stir to make sure the coffee is fully saturated.
- Place the plunger and lid on the French press, but don't press down just yet. Let the coffee brew for 4-5 minutes.
- After 4-5 minutes, press down the plunger slowly to separate the brewed coffee from the grounds.
- Pour the coffee into your favourite mug and enjoy! You can add milk or sweetener if desired.
Using a French press is a simple and easy way to make a great cup of coffee. By following these steps, you'll have a delicious cup of coffee in just a few minutes. Enjoy!