If you know French Press only as the 'teapot' where coffee or tea is served, then you should read this article. Because French Press actually has "something" that can make your morning coffee more delicious if you use it properly.
French press is not a new name in the coffee world. Its presence has long been one of the choices for manual brew methods in brewing coffee. Unlike other manual brew tools that use paper filters or able kone, french press is different from its simplicity which actually makes it alluring and timeless.
Then how is coffee produced? If you know how to use it, coffee brewed using a french press will give you a "characteristic" that is no less delicious than other methods. Without a paper filter, the French press produces a richer, smoother and slightly oily taste. Even so, the french press allows your coffee to taste stronger and certainly pleasant.
Then how do you use the french press in a good and correct way so that the coffee produced is as expected? Here we describe the steps so that your French press produces the correct coffee.
Use good water
Coffee contains 98% H2O, therefore good coffee must come from good water too. Make sure the water to be used is not contaminated by other substances and flavors. The container for your water must be really clean so that there are no traces of taste or smell from other drinks sticking to it. It would be nice to try the water you will use to make coffee first. If you think the water tastes right, it means it's also right for brewing coffee.
Use coffee that is completely fresh and new
Old coffee will not provide the same enjoyment as freshly roasted coffee beans and it will affect when brewed by the french press. Coffee beans that are left too long with an open package do not have the same aroma and taste as those that are still tightly closed in the package. Fresh and fresh coffee beans have a strong aroma and look a little oily. And that's what good coffee should be like.
Grind coffee beans before brewing
For best results, use freshly ground coffee, not ground coffee that has been ground for days. Grind coffee just before brewing for maximum results. Like fruit, cut the apple just before eating. As with coffee, grind the seeds just before brewing for the best flavor and aroma you'll enjoy in the final result. Make sure the coffee grounds are not too fine as this can clog the french press filter. Medium is the right choice.
Don't follow standard french press measurements
Your coffee is your personal taste. So if you want to enjoy coffee according to your personal taste, measure the amount of coffee and water you want yourself. Usually 18-20 grams of coffee for 8 ounces of water is the right size for beginners. If you want a stronger taste maybe you can increase the coffee or reduce the water. Experiment with taste. Don't let the guidebook dictate you. Determine the taste of your coffee.
Use water with the right temperature
Water that is too hot will give off an unnecessarily bitter taste. Meanwhile, water that is not hot will not bring out the taste you want from delicious coffee. Therefore, usually 94 degrees Celsius is the right temperature for a French press. But if you don't want to bother getting a thermometer out, heat the water to a boil and let it steep for 30 seconds before using. Then you can get the right temperature.
Brew your coffee!
Put the coffee grounds into the french press base and pour one-third of the water over it. Let the coffee and water sit for 30 seconds and then stir gently. Make sure the coffee and water are "cooked" perfectly so that you get the pleasure you want. After that, pour in the remaining water and let the brewing process begin.
Timing affects taste
The brewing process that is too short will make your coffee taste sour and thin. If the brewing process takes too long, your coffee will end up bitter. For best results, let your coffee sit in the french press for 4 minutes before you enjoy it.
Be careful of 'pressing'
After the brewing process is complete, press the plunger firmly, slowly and carefully. Pressing too hard will cause the coffee to spray out and things get messy. Great care is needed in this process.
Enjoy your coffee!
After everything is done, pour the coffee into your cup. Enjoy coffee to the maximum. But remember, if you don't want to finish your coffee all in one french press, don't let the rest sit in the french press. Pour the rest of the coffee into another container. Because of coffee