Episode 2: The Starter Kit Brewing Guide – French Press

Learning to brew with a French Press is very simple and forgiving. The classic and well-engineered design has not changed much since its invention in 1929. It is perfect for making several cups of coffee in about 5 minutes. The method produces a rich, full-bodied, dense and heavy cup. Matt, our Chief Freshness Officer, takes his coffee black and prefers this method ahead of any other.

What you need:

Items Included in Starter Kit:

French Press Brewer
Burr Grinder
Fresh Coffee
Mug

Items Not Included in Starter Kit:

Hot water (205 degrees)
Large spoon (preferable wooden as to not break the glass)
Scale
Timer

Step 1:

Heat your water to 205 degrees (Bring to a boil then let rest 45 seconds)

Step 2:

Preheat French Press brewer with hot water by filling it halfway. This creates heat to keep the coffee warmer longer.

Step 3:

Weigh or measure out your coffee. We recommend a 1:16 ratio of coffee to water. For an 8-cup French press, we recommend 45 grams of coffee to 720 grams of water. This makes 25 ounces of coffee, perfect for two people.

Step 4:

Grind your coffee to a coarse setting, something similar in size to breadcrumbs or coarse sea salt.

Step 5:

Pour the hot water out of the French press (discard) then add the coffee grounds.

Step 6:

Add about 150 grams of water, enough to fully wet all the grounds. Stir to ensure even saturation and no dry spots. Wait about 1 minute for the coffee to bloom. A large bloom is a sign of fresh coffee!

Step 7:

After 1 minute of wetting the grounds, add the rest of your water (additional 570 grams to total 720 grams if using our ratio above) and stir again gently with the wooden spoon.

Step 8:

Put the top on the French Press but don’t push down. Allow to sit for 3 minutes.

Step 9:

Remove from scale (if used) and press down. Pour coffee into a mug or carafe immediately to avoid over extraction. If the coffee sits in the grounds too long, it will become bitter.

Note: if it’s hard to press down, your grinds are too fine. If it is too easy to press down, your grinds are too coarse. Looking for smooth press so adjust the next time you brew if needed.

Serve and enjoy!

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