How to Make the Best F’n French Press Coffee
Tomorrow morning is the first morning of the rest of your lives and it’s going to be awesome. You know why? Because you’re going to get up, brush your teeth, look in the mirror, tell yourself you’re a badass and then head out to the kitchen and make the best damn cup of french pressed coffee in your life.
There are many ways to make coffee, and in my opinion, I gotta say it doesn’t get much better than a simple french press to me.
Now if you watch some Youtube videos of people making a french press coffee, it’s crazy complicated. They’ve got measuring spoons out, they’re calibrating scales, it’s crazy. It might seem like you need a chemistry degree to make french press coffee “properly”.
You can take it as far as you want to really.
I am going to show you the easy way. You’ll end up with a really great cup of coffee, without messing with the grams of coffee grounds and taking a temperature reading of the water.
The first thing you will need is a kettle. I prefer a stovetop, but an electric kettle works fine. If you can, try to use a non-plastic kettle. I always find you can get a bit of a plastic taste with the cheap electric kettles. If not, no worries. Run what ya brung as the saying goes.
Now the proper way to do the next step is to preheat your french press with some boiling water. This will bring the glass up to temperature so that when you actually go to pour your water over your grinds, the cold glass doesn’t quickly drop the temp of the water.
Personally, I find that the water out of my faucet is hot enough, and I don’t notice a difference in taste so screw it!
So while your kettle is boiling, run some hot water in your press. Just do a little rinse out and warm that glass up a bit.
Once your press is “preheated” it time to add your delicious Kintore Coffee grounds. Always use a medium/coarse, or coarse grind for a french press.
Finding your proper grind is kind of important. Too fine, and you’ll end up with a bunch of sludge in the bottom of your cup (yummy). Too coarse, and you wont get enough extraction from your grinds. Extraction is how much flavor is being pulled out of your coffee grinds.
In a 4 cup french press you’re supposed to add about 27g of coffee grounds. So go grab that little digital scale out of your kids closet, the one they use for weighing their weed, and measure out 27g of coffee. Or, say F that, and put in around 4 or 5 big teaspoons of coffee and hope you’re close to the mark. There should be about 1 to 1.5 of your fingers of grounds in the bottom. That’s right, fingers are a great measurement. I told you we were not going to get scientific here.
After the water is boiling, make sure to take the kettle off the element for a bit. Maybe 15 seconds or so. Again, there is a very specific way to heat the water if we were doing this the “proper” way. The water is supposed to be poured at around 96 degrees. So if water boils at 100 degrees and it starts cooling as soon as you take it off the element, you’ll be close to the mark after 15 seconds or so off the burner.
Now for an actual important part.
Start pouring some water on the coffee grounds slowly. Just pour enough to wet the grounds. Make sure you get all the coffee wet but don’t fill the glass. Once all the grounds are wet, let it sit for about 30 seconds. What is this actually doing for the coffee? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist. But this is one thing that I find does make a bit of difference to the taste. So like I said, let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then stir it with a spoon and continue to pour the water over until the glass is filled to the top ring.
Holy cow. You’re almost ready to drink this unreal coffee.
Let this beautiful mix steep for at least 4 minutes.
Pros will tell you to start your timer and stare at the coffee for exactly 4 mins, no more, no less. But to be perfectly honest, I’ve left coffee steeping for 10 minutes or more and it still comes out as really good coffee. I do think it’s sort of important to leave it for at least 4 mins though. You don’t want to go through all this and have watered down coffee.
When at least 4 mins has passed, push down on the plunger real slowly, kind of like pushing the plunger on the least exciting acme TNT explosive.
You’re so close!!!
Now grab your Kintore Coffee engraved Yeti tumbler. (Don’t have one? Give us a shout.)
Slowly pour your first semi-properly made french pressed coffee. Take a sip, and make mental notes on how to tweak it tomorrow morning to your preferred taste.
It all seems like it might be a bit time consuming to do before work. In reality, its not.
Like I said:
- Put kettle on.
- While water is boiling go wink at yourself in the mirror and give a little flex.
- Come out of the bathroom and rinse out yesterdays grinds with hot water (this counts as your preheat).
- Add your Kintore Coffee (4 or 5 big teaspoons).
- Pour a bit of water just to wet the grounds.
- Let sit for 30 seconds.
- Fill up the french press to the top line.
- Start making your lunch.
- Press your coffee.
- Pour into your Kintore Coffee branded Yeti or thermos.
- Put lid on and wait. (Cuz it’s hot. It was boiling water 5 mins ago).
- Grab previously made lunch.
- Go kick today’s ass!
It’s easy as that.
So there it is. I hope this helps you in your coffee drinking experience. If not, there is no hope for you. You might as well just start drinking tea.