Ditch the Drip & Perfect the Press

So it seems like we’re unintentionally running with the coffee theme these last couple days! Between Tiff’s AMAZING soap recipe and the tutorial for today, I think it’s time to stock up on some coffee beans! Well, it’s always time to stock up for me…I just can’t get enough coffee! (Can you tell I’ve already had too much today!?)

Anyway, I’ve got to tell you my EXCITING news. I’ve reached a monumental moment in my coffee life. I’ve ditched the drip! Despite the fact that my drip maker has a wonderfully convenient timer that will automatically start brewing my morning addiction before I even make it downstairs, the reality is that’s it’s just not my favorite way to make coffee anymore.

My hubby and I have enjoyed experimenting with different brewing methods, and one that I love is using a French Press. You’ll get a bold brew that really highlights the natural flavors of the coffee. You can also get a press that makes a great looking pitcher. You’ll definitely impress your dinner guests when you pour this at your table!

Ready to embark upon a new brewing adventure? Follow these instructions provided by Eric at FreshGround Roasting and you’ll end up with one awesome cup of coffee.

What you’ll need…

  • 4 cup French Press
  • scale
  • electric kettle (or other water heating method)
  • grinder
  • timer or clock
  • spoon
  • freshly roasted whole coffee beans

How to brew…

1.  Heat the water to just under a boil – about 200-205 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, bring the water to a rolling boil and then remove it from the heat for about 30 seconds.

2.  While the water is heating, grind 38 grams (about 6 tablespoons) of coffee to a coarse grind.

3.  Pour the grounds into the French Press. Set the press on the scale and tare to zero.

4.  Pour a small amount of water over the grounds. Make sure all of the grounds get wet.

5.  Set the timer for 4 minutes and start it. Wait 30 seconds for the coffee to “bloom”.

6.  Once the grounds bloom, pour until the scale reads 500g of water (about 85% full). As you pour, move the water in a circular motion to ensure that the grounds are evenly saturated.

7.  When the timer is done, take a spoon and stir the grounds that have risen at the top of the press so they start to sink down.

8.  Insert the plunger and press down slowly and carefully.

9.  Pour and enjoy!

If you’ve never brewed using a French Press before, have no fear! It’ll take a little practice to perfect the brew, but you’ll end up with great coffee even when you first start trying it.

Happy brewing!

8 responses

  1. So I have a question: I have a small 16oz french press. Obviously I wouldn’t use that much coffee grounds (although that’s one way to cut down to one cup a day lol)..but the process would remain the same, right? Thanks!

  2. Oh… nothing like a good brew to start the day. I have been “french pressing” every morning, trying a chemex lately. Welcome to the club! 🙂

  3. My French Press was on a top shelf in the kitchen when one desperate morning I realized I had forgotten to buy coffee filters. Down came the french press maker. That was a month ago and I still haven’t bought coffee filters.

  4. My husband and I switched to a french press and got rid of our drip coffee maker also. I don’t bother with weighing I just mix pour the water over the grinds and then stir and wait 5 minutes. What do you do with your left over grinds? I have a strainer that I put a coffee filter in to let them drain and then I put them in my composter unless I am feeling lazy then I put them in a bag and throw them away.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: