1L French Press Coffee Brewing Recipe. Contrabean. Kitchener Waterloo
A French Press or plunger pot is an often-underrated method of brewing coffee. It is a simple, inexpensive and reliable way to make a great, full-bodied cup of coffee.
Current thinking for French press coffee calls for a finer grind than filter coffee. This is driven by a lot science and the extraction efficiency of the french press. Use a ratio of coffee to water of 1:16 to 1:18.
What you will need: water, coffee, French press, cereal spoon, scale, timer
Dosage: 45 - 50 grams of ground coffee; 800 mL (800 g) of hot water
Grind: Medium sand (like sugar) (15-ish on a Baratza) - finer than you are likely used to, but this improves the extraction and flavour
Water Temp: 30 seconds off boil (200° F)
Total Time: 4 minutes (no longer than 6 minutes)
- Fill the French press pot with hot water to pre-heat.
- Weigh and grind your coffee while you boil your water for brewing.
- Empty the pre-heat water from the French press pot.
- Add the ground coffee to the press pot and place the pot on your scale. Tare your scale.
- Start timer.
- Pour in the correct weight (800 g) of water (30 seconds off the boil) slowly, in a circular motion. If you are not using a scale, measure and add the correct volume of water, 30 seconds off the boil. The coffee when wet releases gas and will rise to the top in a “bloom”.
- Gently dunk the bloom with a spoon, moving around the outside and then center to release the gases. Don’t stir the coffee.
- Place the plunger in the pot and press down until the bloom is just submerged.
- After 4 minutes, plunge slowly and gently, and then pour.
- French Press coffee will have some sediment. To minimize getting that grit, leave about a centimetre of coffee in the press pot.