How to Make Coffee in a French Press

If you’re pressed for time, using a French press to brew your coffee may not be the best option. However, if you can manage a few extra minutes, this flavorful brew is worth the wait because coffee brewed in a traditional coffee maker doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in comparison!

To make coffee in a French press, start with a large grind so that you won’t clog your filter – medium to coarse is best. The most delicious French press coffee is brewed at about 195 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit – just after your water reaches a boil.

Remove your lid and plunger, and add your coffee grinds to your pot. How much is subjective, but you may want to start by trying two heaping tablespoons to every eight ounces of water you use. Then, add your heated water, and gently stir. Making certain that your screen is pressed against the bottom of your lid, place your lid back on the press. If your lid has a position that will not allow steam to escape, adjust it to that position.

Now it’s time to take the plunge! After three to five minutes, depending on your grind (Finer grinds need less time.), hold the lid while carefully pushing your plunger down slowly – taking about 20 seconds to complete your plunge. Then enjoy!

Just one word of caution before you get your brew on…Don’t let your coffee sit in your French press, because it will keep brewing. Down that delectable drink directly!

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