Did you know that your coffee maker could be filtering out the flavor? The filtered brewing process of most popular coffee makers on the market today removes the most important part of the coffee, the oil. Coffee oil is where most of the coffee’s flavor comes from and its lost when the coffee passes through a filter. To make a more aromatic and memorable cup of coffee you should try using a French press coffee maker.
A French press (sometimes called a coffee press) is usually a glass cylinder with a plunger like device inside. You place your coffee grinds inside and pour hot water into it. The water should not be boiling or you will scald your grinds, which will affect the taste. 200 degree water is the optimum temperature for a fine cup of coffee. If youre using a kettle to heat your water, remove it from the heat before if starts whistling. Either that or you can let the water boil but let it sit for a few minutes before pouring it into your coffee press. Remember to leave at least an inch of space when filling up the French press.
The coffee press works best with a grind that’s a little bigger than usual. If you’re grinding your own beans try to make them a little larger than what you’d buy for your automatic drip coffee maker. And you definitely don’t want to grind the beans down to dust. If the grinds are too fine, they will clog the coffee press.
Let the coffee steep in the water for about 4 minutes. Now its time for the press part of the French press. Place the French press on a no slip surface and slowly and smoothly press the plunger down. Press too hard or too quickly and in a worst case scenario, you could have boiling hot water shoot out all over you. This step is how the coffee grinds are forced to the bottom of the container and youre left with delicious fresh brewed coffee in the top chamber. You are now ready to pour and serve.
The coffee press is an old way to make coffee but manufacturers have modernized the equipment. There’s conversation starting glass and stainless steel French presses and they even make travel mug editions. So now your insulated travel mug will not only keep your coffee warm but it’ll brew it as well.
With coffee becoming such an important part of most peoples days, isn’t it time that we pampered ourselves with a better tasting brew. The French press is an easy and flavorful way to make a cup of coffee. So if youre tired of the brown water that comes out of coffee vending machines in your office, then the French press is perfect for you.