How to Make French Press Coffee
A French press is cylindrical glass urn fitted with a filter plate on a plunger. You put the grounds in the bottom of the urn, add hot water, let the coffee sit a few minutes, and then press the plunger down, separating the coffee from the grounds. Many aficionados believe the French press produces a far richer coffee flavor than the traditional drip method.
- Boil as much water needed for the amount of coffee you want to make.
- Grind coffee beans, if necessary.
- Preheat French press by filling it with warm water from faucet.
- Allow boiled water to rest for a few minutes to cool to optimum temperature (195 to 205 degrees F).
- Pour warm water out of press and add ground coffee. Use two level tablespoons per six ounces of water.
- Pour just enough hot water over grounds to wet them. Fresh coffee will expand as gas escapes.
- Pour in remaining water and stir.
- Place the plunger over the press to keep the heat in, but don't press it down yet.
- Let the coffee brew for three to four minutes.
- Push plunger down slowly.
- Pour and drink the coffee.