It’s not really rocket science to prepare a great coffee as great as the one you enjoy at MacDonalds, right from your own home. As is almost owned in every American household, the French press which has existed for decades as proven to be one of the uniquely undisputed ways to easily brew your own coffee right at home. They’re readily available and very affordable – you probably already have one in your kitchen cupboards. It’s very easy to make a bad cup of coffee with a french press, however, follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to get the perfect brew every time:
Ready? Set? Go!
Some Things You Will Need To Get Started
- Your French press
- A Kettle
- Your coffee of choice (ground coarsely)
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 1
Before we begin, make sure your french press is thoroughly cleaned. Remove any remnants of old coffee grinds and make sure the filter is completely free of debris. Anything left in the filter can seriously taint the taste of your brew. Also ensure the filter is in good physical condition to ensure it won’t allow any unwanted coffee grinds into your cup.
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 2
Add your ground coffee to your french press, paying close attention to these measuring guidelines:
Preparing For 3-cup serving – 2-3 tbsp
Preparing For 4-cup serving – 4-5 tbsp
Preparing For 8-cup serving – 8-10 tbsp
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 3
Prepare your boiling water. The amount of water you add is just as important as the amount of coffee so pay close attention to these measuring guidelines:
Preparing For 3-cup serving – 275ml
Preparing For 4-cup serving – 430ml
Preparing For 8-cup serving – 860ml
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 4
Pour between one third and one half of the water over the coffee grounds. This allows the coffee to bloom, and brings out some of the more subtle flavours and aromas. It also forces the coffee to release trapped gasses which can taint the taste of the final brew. During this process, a thick crust of coffee will form on the surface. Allow to sit for about 30 seconds.
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 5
Some highly concentrated effort will be needed here. Give the coffee a quick stir to break up the crust then add the remaining water in a slow and even stream. Immediately add the lid of the french press but make sure to leave the plunger in the upright position. This is simply to prevent heat loss as the coffee brews. Allow to sit for about 3 and a half minutes.
STEPS TO BREWING A GREAT COFFEE: STEP 6
With utmost care, begin to slowly press the plunger down. If you press down too fast, the coffee may spill out of the press and coffee grinds may seep through. Once plunged, serve coffee immediately – if left in the press for too it may become bitter.
So there you have it – not has hard as it looks right? Mornings have suddenly become a little bit brighter.