Four French Press Coffee Maker Options:
- Large French press: you can use this humongous 8-12 cup piece of equipment to brew several cups of delicious coffee in just a single batch.
- Small French press: This is ideal for one or two people, making 3-4 cups.
- Electric French press: This style of the unit makes an alternative for the manual option. It heats the water, brews the coffee, and stores it warm after it completes the brew cycle.
- Metal French press: This option is ideal if you reside in a cold area. It is more durable and retains heat better than glass.
French press coffee brewing: Step by Step GuideAre you ready to learn how to make excellent, flavorful java in your French press? Let’s look at how to get it don.
Gather all the items that you need:Before you embark on the process, ensure you have the following:
1. A French pressThis is a must-have to be able to brew your French press coffee. And just like any other store-bought equipment, ensure you get the right quality, so you don’t have to replace it within the first year of purchase.
2. Whole coffee beansGood beans and grind equals excellent coffee. Though most coffee lovers (who routinely utilize a French press) may prefer the ready-grounds—which in most cases come finely grounded, it would be best to grind the beans yourself for a uniformly coarse texture that ensures maximum flavor and color extraction. This brewer functions best with a medium to coarse grind. Although fine grounds make good coffee, but they tend to easily pass through the filter. Thus, they create sediment in your coffee.
3. Burr coffee grinderYou may want to choose a burr grinder over the regular blade grinder for consistency purposes—when it comes to grain texture. Unlike the regular blade coffee grinder, a burr grinder features two abrasive surfaces (the burrs)—between which the beans are grounded. The distance between the two surfaces is adjustable, making it possible to alter the size of the grind to your preferred texture. Whether manual or electric, a burr grinder guarantees a uniform grind, qualifying it as the ideal choice for a French press.
4. Digital food scaleUsing a digital food scale is the most accurate way to measure the right amount of coffee beans before grinding; however, if you don’t have one, use a standard measuring cup. Here is a general guide to help you work out the right ratios concerning coffee/water proportions.
- 8 fluid ounces (1 cup of water) — 14 grams (2 tablespoons) coffee beans
- 16 fluid ounces (2 cups of water) — 28 grams (1/4 cup) coffee beans
- 32 fluid ounces (4 cups of water) — 56 grams (1/2 cup) coffee beans
- 64 fluid ounces (8 cups of water) — 112 grams (1 cup) coffee) beans