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How to Make the Perfect French Press Coffee?

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I spent countless hours trying to brew coffee in a French Press but I was never satisfied, never got anything special. But one day, everything changed. I got inspired by World Barista Champ James Hoffmann and decided to try and break most of the traditional principles of the French Press brewing. It pays off to be brave!

Here it is, what I consider the best and most straightforward way to brew in a French Press. It’s easy, delicious, and consistent. Are you ready for your next-level french press game?

A few things to note:

This method requires more time, so don’t be in a hurry. Also, for best results, use freshly roasted coffee and grind it before you brew it. Don’t forget to use fresh, filtered, soft water. And if you are serious about coffee, you know you need a scale

Step 1. Don’t grind super coarse. Grind your coffee to a medium setting as you would for filter or drip coffee. 

What is the ratio for French Press? I like to use a little more than other methods, 35 grams of coffee and 500 grams of water. Add your ground coffee beans to the beaker of your French press.

Step 2. Boil and pour 500 grams of water. As you pour, try to cover the entire surface area of the grounds.

Step 3. Set up a timer. Steep the coffee for 4 minutes. 

Step 4. Break the crust. It means stirring the floating coffee grounds on the surface of the beaker by using a spoon. Now the ground coffee will start to fall to the bottom. If you still see floating bits on top, go ahead and remove them with a spoon and discard them. 

Step 5. Wait at least another 4 minutes. This step allows the fine sediments of the coffee to reach the bottom of the beaker. We don’t want to drink any of the slushes. The more you wait during this step, the better. 

Step 6. You don’t want to disrupt the beans, so carefully set the plunger on the surface of the coffee. Avoid pressing down on the plunger. 

Step 7. Slowly pour the coffee into a cup, trying not to move the sediments from the bottom of the beaker.

Go ahead and give this method a try and let us know what you think in the comments below! Did you enjoy this method? How would you make it better?