The French Press, also known as cafetière or press pot coffee maker, is a very common instrument for making coffee. This is a method in which the ground coffee is left immersed in hot water for a few minutes as when infusing tea. Then the drink is filtered to separate it from the ground thanks to a plunger with a filter.
The French Press is thought to have been invented in France in the mid 1800’s but its modern version was patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929.
The coffee obtained with a French Press is aromatic, has a well-rounded structure, a full body and more texture than drip coffee. This is due to the fact that coffee oils and sediment can pass through the mesh and remain intact in your beverage.
Brewing coffee with a French Press is relatively easy once you get the hang of it, the only thing you have to really careful is with the brewing time to avoid over-extracting, thus brewing a more bitter coffee.
Follow these simple steps to brew a great coffee with your French Press:
Pour water in your kettle and bring it to 95°C (This is the optimal temperature for brewing with a French Press) If you have a kettle with temperature control just set it to 95°C. To optimize the extraction, you can pre-heat your French Press with hot water, just remember to discard it.
Add your coffee. Don’t worry about optimal coffee grind size or dose. With GROUNDtoENJOY for French Press, everything is calibrated for a perfect brew. Just open it and empty the ground coffee in your French Press. Give your French Press a little shake to even the level of the coffee bed.
Pour about 35 ml of hot water into your French Press making sure to fully saturate all of the coffee grounds. Stir gently with a spoon or a spatula and let it bloom for 30 seconds.
Pour the remaining water to get to 250 ml. If you are using the 3 cups Chambord Bodum x Essense, you won’t need a scale: simply fill up to the level mark.
Put the lid on top of your carafe and don’t press the plunger yet. If you have the hourglass, just turn it around and wait, otherwise set your timer for 4 minutes and let the brewing begin.
After the 4 minutes have passed, slowly press the plunger until it reaches the bottom. A delicate and constant pressure while pressing the plunger, will ensure a better filtering process.
Your Coffee is ready!
Pour your coffee immediately to avoid over-extracting.
Relax and take your time to savour this delicious cup of coffee…
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