French press coffee produces a full bodied, strong cup that is still smooth. To achieve a full expression of the coffee, pour it off immediately after brewing so it doesn’t become over-extracted and bitter. It only takes four minutes to brew.
Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil. For a 17-oz press, you'll need about 350 grams (12 ounces).
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
While the water is heating, grind your coffee. French press coffee is best with a coarse, even grind. We recommend 15g per 8 oz of water. If you're using 12 oz of water, you'll want 22 grams of coffee. Feel free to experiment and find what works best to achieve your desired taste.
To start, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 22 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 45 grams of water.
Give the grounds a gentle stir. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.
Pour the remaining water and place the lid back onto the french press. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes.
At four minutes, press the filter down. If it’s hard to press, that means your grind is too fine; if the plunger drops immediately down to the floor, it means your grind is too coarse.
When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately. Don’t let it sit, it will continue to brew and over-extract.