Hot Coffee:

You can make great French press coffee in just 7 simple steps.

1. Grind your coffee a couple of notches coarser than you would for drip coffee. Ideally you’ll want to use a burr grinder not a blade grinder. Burr grinders produce an even, uniform grind, which will mean less sediment in the bottom of your cup as well as improved flavor.

2. Fill the carafe of your press with hot tap water to warm it while you heat water in a kettle for making your coffee. This will help keep your coffee at the proper temperature as it brews.

3. When the water in the kettle is heated, pour the tap water out of the carafe and scoop in ground coffee. Use about 7 – 8 scoops for an 8 cup press.

4. Slowly pour heated water into the carafe leaving a little room at the top for the plunger. The water should be between 195 & 205 degrees. This is the ideal temperature range for brewing coffee.

5. Stir the coffee grounds and water with a spoon to ensure all the grounds are fully saturated. Grounds that don’t get good and wet won’t extract their full flavor.

6. Place the lid onto the carafe with the plunger near the top and allow your coffee to steep for 4 minutes. Keeping the lid on helps keep your coffee warm.

7. Slowly press the plunger to the bottom and serve.

 

Cold Brew Coffee:

You can also use your coffee press to make a cold brew coffee concentrate.

1. Grind your coffee from drip to a couple notches coarser than drip. Ideally you’ll want to use a burr grinder not a blade grinder. Burr grinders produce an even, uniform grind, which will mean less sediment in the bottom of your cup as well as improved flavor.

2. Add about 4 ounces of coffee for an 8 cup press or 6 ounces for a 12 cup press.

3. Pour cold water into the carafe leaving a little room at the top.

4. Stir the coffee grounds and water with a spoon to ensure all the grounds are fully saturated. Grounds that don’t get good and wet won’t extract their full flavor.

5. Place the lid onto the carafe with the plunger near the top and allow to steep at room temperature for 12 – 24 hours.

6. Press the plunger down and pour the coffee concentrate into another container for storage. If you used a finer grind, or want to ensure there is no sediment in your cup, pour the concentrate through a paper coffee filter held inside a mesh strainer.

7. To use, mix 1 to 2 parts coffee concentrate with 1 part water. Keep the concentrate in a sealed container in your refrigerator. It should be good for up to 10 days.

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