If you’re in a hurry to get your morning cup of Joe and get on the road to work, a French press isn’t the ideal option. It’s more time consuming than a Nespresso machine, or any other pod-based system, and even takes more time than your average drip coffee maker. However, for all that, it might be a worthwhile investment, particularly if you entertain a good deal or simply have the time required to use the press every morning.
To use a French press, you’ll first need to add your coffee to the beaker. You need coarse ground coffee – the grind you use for your drip coffee maker is too fine, and will float right through the tiny holes in the mesh screen. Next, you add hot water. Overall, you’ll need roughly 1 ounce of coffee grounds to 15 ounces of water. Add one-third of the water (at 200 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit), and stir the coffee grounds. Let it set for 30 seconds and allow the coffee to “bloom”. Next, add the rest of the water slowly. Cover the beaker with the lid and let it sit for about four minutes – this is the brewing period.
After brewing is done, press the plunger down to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid. Most French press users now pour the coffee into a serving carafe, or serve it in its entirety. If it sits too long in contact with the grounds at the bottom of the beaker, the coffee can develop a bitter taste that many find unpalatable.