Born in France in the 19th century, but patented by an Italian in 1929, the "French Press" is more commonly known as a piston coffee maker. Halfway between filter and espresso, this coffee maker is very easy to use and will offer you aromatic and full-bodied coffees at the same time. If you want to learn the art of good coffee in all simplicity, this coffee maker is for you! Also known as a plunger coffee maker, the French press is the preparation method that comes closest to professional coffee tasting (cupping), i.e. a coffee infusion. It is the ideal tool to discover the richness and diversity of the coffee world.
This brewing method is not intended for brewing espressos. One of the advantages of the French press is that it is easy to use and you only need the French press, water, and coffee. The French press does not need filter paper, which gives the coffee a rich taste but can leave coffee residue in your cup. To minimize the amount of ground coffee in the coffee, use a press with a double-layer filter.
"How to make French presses?" is a common inquiry. I see people asking this question all the time. If you are looking to learn how to make French coffee, then hopefully this article will be helpful. I'm going to assume here that you are in the mood for some homemade coffee and want to learn how to make French coffee. To be honest, I did not know how to make French coffee until I tried Amazon's version of the old-fashioned coffee press called the Bodum French Press.
After I got done testing it, I had high hopes for this product. The Amazon description claimed it was the perfect cup of Java and it has a very low acid concentration that supposedly promotes freshness. What else could I expect from an "expert" who uses a Bodum French Press every day? This is a good hot water and coffee mixture that I found when I compared it to the Bodum version. I would put this product in the microwave for a minute or so before preparing a cup of coffee for myself and always use a rubber ducky for insulation. For convenience, I can also use the Bodum French Press with my vacuum sealer to seal the packets and label them. That's about all the convenience I need.
First Step: To make a great cup of French coffee, I always measure two tablespoons of coffee grounds using a teaspoon and add them to about one-fourth of a cup of hot water. I then use a rubber ducky to seal the cup and turn the power on.
Second Step: With a quick twist, the Bodum French Press pops up with a long and narrow head. At this point, I prefer to use a paper filter to measure the amount of coffee grounds to use. Once I've determined how much is needed, I pour it over a rubber mat and let it sit for four minutes so the sediment in the bottom sinks to the bottom, and then I vacuum seal it.
Third Step: The difference in this process is the method in which the coffee beans are cleaned. Since this product is a vacuum sealer, there isn't a need to go through the trouble of locating great oiled beans. It's a matter of adding the appropriate amount of water to the package and then heating it to the proper temperature. The Bodum French Press is a little bit more expensive than other brands, but I think it's worth it because it saves time and provides a better cup of coffee, which is what we're after.
Fourth step: The fourth step is simply to stir it until it's all blended. I prefer a long wooden spoon for this because the long spoon stirs everything evenly and thoroughly, which allows for a better seal. You may want to stir several times, but that depends on how strong the coffee is. Once the pot has finished heating, you'll want to remove it from the heat source and then place it in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours to allow the liquid to solidify.
When it comes to the fifth and the final step: The final step is to add the sugar and coffee powders and then pour the mixture into two separate jars, one with the coffee and one with the sugar. Seal it tightly and then put it into the fridge. If the mixture doesn't freeze, you can add a little bit of ice, about two or three frozen bags or an ice cube tray, and then let it freeze for a couple of hours or so. Once it does freeze, you simply pop it into your French Press and start brewing! Some additional notes that you want to keep in mind. Not only the species but also the roasting is very important for the flavor. So with the same bean, you can get a very different coffee (from a very strong dark roast to a very light roast). In some places, I have seen Turkish coffee prepared by quickly roasting the dry coffee powder in a cezve before adding boiling water, which gave it an extra roasted aroma. In some places, Turkish coffee will be prepared with the addition of spices (e.g. cardamom), which you can also find already in some Turkish / Middle Eastern / Iranian ground coffee blends. This will most likely make a big difference in flavor compared to "French" coffee (or certain filter coffee blends that are sometimes prepared with the addition of hazelnut or vanilla flavors). This process takes only five minutes or so, but it's a good way to gauge how strong the coffee is without trying to actually pour the mixture itself. It certainly is easier to pour the French Press into a strainer than to stand in front of it and pour, but you won't get the same quality taste from using the plunger as you will from simply standing there with the press in your hand. It's not difficult, but it is different. Try it out today for yourself.