Guide to Using a French Press

Many people receive a French press and immediately wonder what it is and how do they use it. At first glance it simply looks like a coffee mug; however, a closer look reveals the inner working of the French press including the plunger filter and the gift recipient realizes this is no ordinary coffee mug. This would be a good time to learn how to use a French press to make rich hot coffee and hot teas anytime.

The first step is to make sure the coffee beans are fresh and ground coarsely. There are several ways to do this. The first is to go to the local coffee shop and purchase coffee beans that are ground to any specification. This option may be a little more costly than purchasing the beans at the local grocery store and grinding them either at the store or at home.

Regardless of where the beans are purchased and ground the main point to remember is to make sure they are ground coarsely. If the grind is too fine the coffee may seep through and around the filter and cause the coffee to have a bitter taste. On the other hand, if the grind is too coarse the water may filter over the coffee too quickly and not have a chance to absorb the coffee’s flavor.

The coffee is placed in the bottom of the press. Hot water is then poured over the coffee grounds. The water should have been brought to a boil but not boiled continuously or the taste of the coffee will be altered. Once the water has been poured on top of the coffee the plunger filter assembly should be placed back in the cup but not pushed down yet.

The lid should be placed on the coffee press and the pot allowed to steep. The French press should be allowed to steep for approximately four minutes. This gives the water time to absorb the oils from the coffee and make a rich cup of java.

When the coffee has finished steeping the French press should be held securely with one hand while the plunger is pushed all the way down using the other hand. The plunger traps the coffee grounds underneath. Before the coffee is poured into cups it should be allowed to sit about thirty or forty-five seconds to allow the sediment time to settle.

After the coffee sediment is settled the coffee can be poured into cups for drinking. Because the French press does not use a hot plate to keep the coffee warm it should be enjoyed quickly before the coffee is cold.

Using a French press is simple and the coffee is excellent when used properly. Knowing how to use the French press can be a handy bit of information when one is received and no one knows how to use it.