Early mornings around here always start with a French Press. It makes coffee faster than a drip coffee maker, and it’s simpler than espresso or Chemex. So, all around, it’s the perfect cup for the morning. If you’ve never made coffee in this simple device you might be a little unnerved on your first try. Don’t worry, the French Press is a no-fail system that works every time – 95% of the time.
How to use a french Press Step 1: Choose good materials
The best French Press won’t make cheap off-brand coffee taste good. Fantastic Coffee Shop quality beans won’t fix the problems with a cheap flimsy French Press. Choose quality. A Bodum press will function for around 2 years before it needs to be replaced, whereas a disposable off brand option might make 3 depressing pots (Ha! get it? Depressing… I’ll stop now) before you give up. Make sure you also buy the right size — Bodum make very exact amounts of coffee and any leftover brew will need to be placed in a carafe.
For your beans, you don’t need to reach for the sky, but definitely step up from Folgers. Choose 100% Arabica and opt for a coarse grind if possible.
How to use a french Press Step 2: Heat your water
Bring water to a boil in your house. Any way you like to boil water. Tea kettle, teapot, pot on the stove, x-ray vision, just boil the stuff. While that stuff boils, dump 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water. You’ll probably adjust this on your next cup, but do it because I said to.
How to use a french Press Step 3: Mix
Go ahead, dump the water into the pot. Do it with your best evil scientist laugh, I dare you. There really is nothing like a good evil laugh to start your morning. Some experts recommend stirring when you get to half full. I, however, don’t baby my coffee. If you’re soft on them now, then someday they’ll be living in your basement, eating your food.
How to use a french Press Step 4: Put that lid on top
That’s right, stick that lid on top. You’re going places. While you’re at it, swirl the lid around so the grate is facing away from the spout. Feel all grown up about your adhesion to safety now?
How to use a french Press Step 5: Stare and Beg
This part isn’t going any faster buddy. 4 long minutes. Go grab a piece of bread, go change, go shave, do something. This coffee is going nowhere until it’s ready. Nope? Alright, keep staring at it, I’m sure that time will fly right by.
How to use a french Press Step 6: Press
Ready to be taunted? Are you sure? Press that handle down, slowly. That’s right a full 30 seconds of slow delicious coffee pressing. Don’t burn yourself, btw. We don’t have insurance for that kind of thing.
How to use a french Press Step 7: Pour
Finally, you’ve made it. Congratulations on your first cup of French Press coffee. I’m sure you’ll go on to do great things. But, for gosh sakes, turn the grate around before you try to pour, we were serious about the insurance.