learn how to brew a traditional french press cafetiere with our easy step by step guide
How to Brew a french press
How To Brew A Traditional French Press
The french press, also known as a cafetiere, has been one of the most widely-used home brewing methods since it was modified and gained traction in the French coffee market in the late twenties. Its popularity is just as unparalleled today, and this is largely due to the simplicity of its classic design and function.
What You Need
scale & timer
mug or carafe
Bean To Cup Time
what you need<br>
french press brewer
grinder & dripper kettle
scale & timer
mug or caraf
quality coffee and hot water
bean to cup time<br>
MEASURE AND GRIND
Before you begin your brew, you need to calculate the correct coffee dose for your french press. to do this, fill your french press with water, measure the volume and then divide by 15 to get your dose. For example, our French press holds 550ml of water which provides us with a 35gm dose of coffee when divided by 15. weigh the correct amount of coffee and grind coarse, to a breadcrumb consistency.
PRE-HEAT FRENCH PRESS
pre-heat your empty French Press by rinsing it with near boiling water. This helps maintain the temperature while brewing for best extraction. discard of this water before just before you add your coffee. You can also pre-heat your serving cups in the same way.
carefully add your coffee to the french press, place on your scales and tare before adding any water. to bloom your coffee, add double the amount of water as your dose, so for 35 grams add 70ml of water. pour this for 10 seconds, then stir for 10 seconds, and then leave for a further 10 seconds before adding more volume.
POUR AND BREW
after 30 seconds add the remaining volume of water to fill your french press over the next 30 seconds. Make sure all grounds are saturated and the edges of your french press are free from rogue coffee grounds. once full wait for 3 minutes for your coffee to brew, taking this time to clean up and prepare your serving carafe and cups.
STIR AND PLUNGE
after 3 minutes give your coffee a last vigorous stir before applying your lid and slowly plunging, taking care to make sure all grounds remain on the underside of your mesh.
POUR AND SERVE
immediately after completing your plunge pour your brew into a separate vessel or carafe so it is no longer in contact with your coffee. French Press is an immersion brew method and will continue to extract after your plunge. Finally, serve into a pre-heated mug and enjoy!