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It's not as difficult as you may think to make perfect french press coffee. Using a french press properly requires a little bit of learning and technique but the convenience and taste of using a french press outweigh the hassle. I find that once you get good at it it takes about the same amount of time as a coffee machine and is less hassle than a percolator. Coffee from a french press tends to be much bolder in flavor and a little bit grittier than drip coffee because the design of a french press lets a small amount of the coffee grounds through. We country boys love a little grit in our coffee so no problem here!
Here is the process I use to make perfect french press coffee.
1. It starts with the press. A good quality press is essential for perfect french press coffee. A cheap press may break or make a poor seal inside the glass which will allow too much of the coffee grounds through. I recommend a Bodum french press. My family has been using ours for over 2 years and we love it.
2. Use good quality coarse-ground coffee. I have had the most success with grinding the coffee myself at the grocery store. Even coarse ground coffee in a bag tends to be a little finer than what you can grind up in the machine in store. Make sure to use good coffee and experiment a bit. Vanilla, hazelnut and irish crème all come out very flavorful in a french press.
3. Perfect your coffee to water ratio. This is key for perfect french press coffee. I use 2 tablespoons for every 6oz of water. This is not a hard rule as everybody likes their coffee a little different. Use this as a starting point and modify the ratio to suit your taste.
4. Brew for a maximum of 4 minutes stirring occasionally with a wooden or plastic spoon to avoid damaging the glass french press. This also requires some testing to get it right for your taste. I personally brew mine for a full 4 minutes and it's just perfect. Generally the coarser the coffee beans are ground, the longer you will have to brew it for to get the same strength
Well there it is, that's how I make perfect french press coffee. I love the convenience of being able to make a small amount whenever I like and not having a massive coffee machine taking up my limited counter space. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips or tricks that you use.