Post By TC
Newbie trying make French Press coffee right
I'll start by saying i'm pretty much a newbie to making coffee, and in the french press way which i is why i joined this forum to learn, after reading a number of posts/info and watching video's on youtube, ive tried a few techniques but i still think i havent quite grasped it, my main issue is once i have let my french press settle for 4 mins, the ground coffee on the bottom looks exactly the same as when when i put it in about 2 heaped tablespoons, i know it isnt instant coffee but i also read post at limiting the amount left at the bottom, this is where im confused? how much ground coffee should be left after letting it sit? My french press is a bodum 12 oz
Last edited by Westkid45; 9th May 2016 at 03:43 PM.
It's a funny thing the press. I let 50g of coarse ground (think turbinado sugar or sea salt) light roasted coffee sit in my press (Bodum 1 ltr.) for 20 minutes wrapped in two thick tea towels. Some time soon I'm going for 30 minutes with an Ethiopian coffee.
Originally Posted by Westkid45
As far as what's left or right, I can't say; I only go off the taste. If you're using darker coffee you won't need to steep the grounds as long probably.
Experimenting is the key to the press: how hot the water is going in vs. coarseness vs. how long until pressing vs. roast grade and bean origin.
There are many options and I actually suggest you try a few to find what works for you. There's a few areas that there isn't much room to move, but all variables can be adjusted to personal taste.
Personally I don't really like the method described on the Talk Coffee website. It does produce a cleaner cup, but in my opinion if you want a clean cup you should buy an Aeropress.
My preferred method can be found in a few YouTube tutorials such as the Stumptown Coffee one. Here's the basics:
1. Preheat all equipment
2. Fresh course ground coffee
3. Empty the water from French press
4. Put coffee in carafe and pour in just enough water to wet and float all the grounds (bloom)
5. Allow to 'bloom' for 1min. The coffee grounds will float to the surface.
6. After 1min break up the crust on the surface, give a good stir then add the rest of the water.
7. Place plunger in carafe to retain heat, but do not plunge.
8. After another 3min or so plunge the filter.
9. Wait about 30sec for a bit of sediment to settle to the bottom.
10. Pour and enjoy.
This is just the basic method. Experiment with different grind levels, water temp, brew ratios (water amount) and brew times. Most of the online tutorials tend to give what I consider a weak drink, so I use much less water and also usually at a lower temp of about 85deg. This is just my preference, try a few things to see what works for you.