| Dominik Osele

Making coffee with the French Press

In the world of coffee preparation, the French press is a true classic that has a special place in the kitchen of every coffee lover. Simplicity paired with elegance - that is what makes using a coffee maker of this type so special. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of French press coffee. You will discover how a method that seems so uncomplicated at first glance can reveal a depth of flavor and sophistication that surprises even gourmet palates.

We'll explore how to make French press coffee to bring out every flavor of your favorite beans. From choosing the right grind size to the ideal water temperature to the perfect amount of coffee, no detail is overlooked. And because preparation is key, you'll get step-by-step instructions to show you how to get the most out of your coffee maker. Get ready for a journey through the world of flavors and textures that has more to offer than you can imagine.


Taste experience: The full-bodied character of the coffee from the French Press

The taste of the coffee you make with your French press is a revelation that goes far beyond what you are used to from conventional brewing methods. Of course, the aroma depends largely on the type of coffee you choose. But regardless of your choice, French press coffee powder reveals its full splendor in the cup. French press coffee is famous for its strong profile that caresses the palate with a rich, full-bodied taste.

Compared to filter methods, which focus on finer aromas, French press coffee is characterized by a strong body. The oily components of the coffee, which are often retained in other preparation methods, flow unhindered into your cup. These oils carry essential flavors that make the coffee more intense and complex. Be surprised by the robust elegance that every sip of your lovingly brewed French press coffee has to offer.


The key to aroma: French Press grind

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When it comes to the grind size for the French press, precision is key because it is crucial for the quality of your brew. The grain size of your coffee powder is not just a question of taste, but a science in itself. The grind size and the contact time of the coffee powder with the water are the key factors that determine how much of the delicious aroma is extracted from the coffee powder. With the French press method, the contact time is particularly long because the preparation takes place under very little pressure.

This extended period of time, during which the water caresses the coffee particles, requires a coarse grind. If the coffee is ground too finely, this method will quickly lead to over-extraction and leave a bitter taste. That's why it's essential that you grind your coffee coarser than you would for a filter machine. This will ensure the balance between strength and fineness and allow the characteristic notes of your coffee to fully develop. So remember: coarse is the key when setting the grind for your French press.


Heat meets aroma: The ideal water temperature French Press

Brewing coffee with a French press is a sensual interplay of time, temperature and quality. When it comes to the water temperature for the French press, precision is required. Water that is too hot can burn the coffee powder and affect the taste by releasing bitterness and undesirable flavors. But don't worry, with a little insider tip you can achieve the perfect result: the water should be hot, but not boiling. A temperature of 93-95°C is ideal for gently and completely extracting the aromas from the coffee.

So let your water cool down for 2-3 minutes after boiling before pouring it over the coffee powder. This will prevent overheating and ensure a balanced taste experience. Also note that the French press method works particularly well with soft water. Ideally, use water from the filter to minimize limescale deposits and preserve the purity of the coffee taste. With this method, you will be able to improve the quality of your coffee even further.


Coffee quantity for French Press

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The golden question "How much coffee for a French press?" leads us to a simple formula: around 6.5 grams of coffee powder per 100 milliliters of water. For a large French press with a capacity of 1 liter, this corresponds to around 65 grams or eight slightly heaped tablespoons. If you use a smaller coffee press with 350 milliliters, it is around 23 grams or three slightly heaped tablespoons. But consider this information as a rough guideline. The amount of coffee for a French press is also a matter of personal taste. So experiment a little until you find the perfect balance for you. A little more, a little less - fine-tune your coffee powder to suit your individual taste preferences.


Time is taste: The brewing time in the French Press

The length of time your coffee spends in the French press is a decisive factor for the end result. You should give the coffee between 3 and 5 minutes to fully develop its aromas. If you prefer a milder tasting coffee, tend towards a shorter brewing time of around 3 minutes. If, on the other hand, you like it more intense and strong, let the coffee brew for up to 5 minutes. Find out by experimenting at what time exactly hits the taste that you love. Your patience will be rewarded with every cup that suits your taste exactly.


Making coffee in the French Press: A step-by-step guide

1. First, remove the sieve stamp insert from the pot.

    2. Put the coffee powder into the pot.

    3. Fill with hot, not boiling, water.

    4. Stir vigorously so that the coffee powder is evenly distributed in the water.

    5. Let the coffee brew for between 3 and 5 minutes.

    6. Stir gently twice more and then skim the foam and coffee powder from the surface.

    7. Press the sieve stamp down slowly and evenly.

    8. Pour the finished French Press coffee into your cup and enjoy!


    Recommended coffee varieties for the French Press

    At this point we would like to give you a few recommendations from our range that we believe are particularly suitable for preparation in the French Press.

    We love strong, aromatic coffee and preparing it in the French press, just like preparing it in the Phin, is perfect for this. The strong, chocolatey taste of our KEO comes out wonderfully in the French press, as does the intense chocolatey taste of the Trâm Anh.

    But if you prefer a fruitier, lighter coffee, we recommend our HOA, which can also be prepared wonderfully in the French press.

    FAQ – Questions and answers about making coffee with the French Press

    What is special about French Press coffee preparation?

    The French press coffee preparation is characterized by its simple principle and full-bodied taste. It extracts the aromas through slow contact of the water with the coffee powder and allows the strength to be individually adjusted.

    How much coffee powder is needed for French Press?

    For preparation in the French press, about 6.5 grams of coffee powder per 100 milliliters of water are recommended. This corresponds to about 65 grams of coffee powder per liter.

    Which grind size is ideal for the French Press?

    When making coffee with a French press, the coffee powder should be coarsely ground. If the grind is too fine, it can lead to a bitter taste.

    How long should the French press coffee brew?

    The coffee should brew in the French press for between 3 and 5 minutes. The brewing time can be adjusted to personal taste, with shorter times resulting in a milder coffee and longer times resulting in a stronger one.

    What water temperature is ideal for French press coffee?

    For making coffee with a French press, a water temperature of 93-95°C is ideal. Water that is too hot can burn the coffee powder and affect the taste.

    Can I use regular tap water for the French press?

    It is better to use filtered water because the quality of the water has a significant impact on the taste of the coffee. Softer water results in a purer coffee taste.

    How many French Press grams of coffee do I need for one cup?

    For a standard cup of about 200 milliliters, you need about 13 grams of coffee powder. This can vary slightly depending on your taste.

    What is the best way to clean my French press?

    Cleaning the French press is easy: disassemble it into its individual parts and rinse them thoroughly. For a deeper cleaning, the parts can also be washed in the dishwasher.

    Can I also make tea with the French press?

    Yes, the French press is also great for making tea. Be careful not to let the tea brew for too long to avoid bitterness.

    How do I prevent my coffee from becoming bitter in the French press?

    To avoid bitterness, make sure the grind is right (coarse) and do not exceed the recommended brewing time of 5 minutes. The water temperature should also not be too high.