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
- electric kettle (or other water heating method)
- timer or clock
- 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.