How To Use A French Press

What You Should Know About The French Press

Asking the question,"how to make French press coffee", might indicate that making absolutely terrific coffee is somewhat of a mystery. Nothing could be further from the truth. Certainly in today's get everything done in a hurry lifestyle the majority of coffee drinkers have becoBodum Chambord Coffee PressCredit: Amazonme accustomed to and developed a taste for what is really very poor quality coffee.

Once such a person is introduced to a full-bodied rich flavored cup of coffee properly brewed they may finally realize what they have been missing in their daily coffee. How difficult is it to brew the perfect cup of coffee?

Actually the average cowboy most likely brewed a better cup of coffee than the modern homemaker with their modern instant drip, ready in a few minutes coffee pots. We all watched those western  movies as those Tinseltown Cowboys threw a handful of coffee grounds, some eggshells and water in a beat up coffee pot and boiled it producing a full-bodied coffee that could keep them awake for hours during their nighttime cattle protection chores.

Basically that's all that's really necessary to make good coffee. Simply pour water just short of the boiling point over coffee grounds and allow to steep for a few minutes and a very full-bodied cup of coffee full of aroma will be produced if a decent grade of coffee was used.

Have you ever wondered why those cowboys and possibly your grandmother tossed those egg shells in the coffee pot? Just an old wives tale you might think. Actually the eggshells absorb some of the settlement which clouds the brew. High tech technology coming from ancient times.

As mentioned earlier making great coffee is a simple matter. Water at the proper temperature introduced to a good grade of properly ground coffee is all that's needed. Of course most coffee drinkers would not be content to consume coffee full of coffee grounds that were not remoBodum Brazil 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz, BlackCredit: Amazonved using this basic method.

So various methods of keeping the coffee grounds out of the finished cup have been used over the years. Some methods involved using a cloth bag containing coffee grounds which was simply placed into the water. Once the steeping was finished the bag could be removed leaving no residue behind. Keep these bags clean and uncontaminated can be a difficult chore.

Probably the most popular method today is to produce coffee fairly quickly and easily by allowing properly  heated  water  to saturate the coffee grounds and steep for three or 4 minutes. Then some method is used to force the grounds from the water leaving clear liquid.

This method is the French press method sometimes known as just the press method, plunger pot, or French Melior. In these pots coffee grounds are added to the bottom of the pot. Hot water is then added while stirring  the mixture and then the top of the pot, which contains a plunger mechanism is added. Once the brewing is completed the plunger is depressed which presses a filter plate down through the water forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container.

Here Is How To Make French Press Coffee. The Process Involves Just a Few Simple Steps.

   1. Make sure that the pot and plunger assembly are thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water.

  2. Rinse these items and the pot with hot water which will preheat them. This is an important step. The pot should not be cold starting this process. This is a step that many coffee makers forgo which will have a detrimental effect on the finished coffee.

  3. Coarsely ground coffee should be used in these plunger pots and of course it's important to add the proper amount. Most experienced coffee drinkers suggest 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water.

  4. Now heat the water just below the boiling point and pour it into the pot while stirring. Then place the top of the container containing the plunger mechanism onto the pot. This helps to retain the heat in the pot.

  5. Allow this mixture to steep for 4 min.

  6. Now the magic of the plunger pot comes into action. Making sure that the pouring spout of the pot is facing away from you slowly press the plunger down which will force the grounds to the bottom of the pot. Your coffee is now ready and should be served immediately.

French press pots as with any coffee apparatus are made with different materials such as aluminum, tin, stainless steel and glass . Some materials have proven to be superior to others.
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Aluminum for instance has a tendency to leave an aftertaste to the finished coffee and may also pit over time. Metal coffee pots have served well but you should take caution to make sure that these metal pots do not have creases or joints in areas that are exposed to coffee as they can become contaminated and very difficult to clean.

Heatproof glass press pots are very popular. They are attractive and easy to clean. However glass pots cannot be placed on heat plates to maintain the coffees heat because glass does not do a very good job of transmitting this heat. Because of this some coffee drinkers prefer stainless steel pots. Additionally some users are concerned about breaking the glass pots.

This simple process can consistently produce superior coffee if a few rules are followed.

Almost 90% of a cup of coffee is water so of course this is the first area of concern when producing quality coffee. If you start with bad water you'll end up with bad coffee. So-called hard water or water containing alkalines while not necessarily harming the flavor and aroma can mute some of the natural acids in the coffee producing a blander cup.

Unfortunately water treated with water softeners can produce poor quality coffee. In these cases the simplest cure is to use bottled water. You can also try more assidy coffees such as African, Arabian or Central American coffees.

So basically starting with clean utensils, good quality, properly ground coffee and properly heated good clean water are the answer to the question, “How To Make French Press Coffee”.

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