The French Press - the cafetière
The French Press coffee offers a dense and bold body, with a distinctive sophistication of its own. To freely express the richness of a French Press, immediately pour it into your cup once the timer has set.
What you will need
- a French Press
- a fresh bag of coffee beans (our spinnaker beans are a delight)
- a bean grinder
- a Kettle
- a scale
While the water is heating, grind your fresh coffee beans on the most coarse setting on your grinder (Or gently ask the barista to grind for you). We recommend starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. If you're using a 336 grams of water, you'd want 28 grams of coffee.
To start, pour some hot water into the glass to warm up the bottom of the glass, then discard the water.
Place the press on a scale, then tare to zero
Start the timer when inserting all the grounds, and add 75g of hot water to cover all the grounds. Then gently stir with a paddle or chopstick. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.
After 30 seconds, add the rest of your water until it reaches about one inch from the top of the press. Position the lid gently on top of the grounds. Don't plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for the remaining 3 minutes.
Press the filter down. also known as plunging. If it is hard to press, that means your ground beans are too fine; if the plunger doesn't have resistance down the floor, it means the ground beans are too coarse.
When you are finished pressing down, we'd strongly suggest to serve immediately. For french press brewing, letting it sit will result to a continued brewing and over-extracting.
Chin chin !