Using a Press Pot
Using a Press Pot, (French Press), is one of the best ways to get an excellent
cup at home, on the road or at work. A Press Pot is great because the hot
water is poured directly onto the coffee grounds at the correct temperature
for ideal extraction so all the flavors of the coffee are released.
To get good results you will need fresh high quality coffee, quality filtered
water, a burr grinder, a spoon, a timer and one or two cups. You can also
use a thermal carafe if preparing more than two cups.
Add the Coffee to the Pot
You will need two tablespoons, ( 14 grams), of coffee per cup of water,
(224 grams). Feel free to adjust this amount based on your own personal
taste. Use a measuring cup to pour water into your Press Pot to see how
many cups it holds. If you would like, use a sharpie marker to draw lines
on the outside of the glass so you will know how much water to add to your
ground coffee. You can also empty your Kettle and add one cup at a time
to get a correct amount of water.
Add the Water
Bring the water to a boil using an electric kettle or a stove top kettle.
Pour it aggressively over the coffee making sure that all the coffee gets
wet. Move the stream in a circle and look into the press pot to make sure
you are pushing down all the dry grounds with the hot water. Add the water
to the correct level, or if you have measured the water into the kettle
be sure to pour all the water out of the kettle.
Move your nose into the steam and smell the wonderful aroma. What do you
smell? Let the aroma enter your mind making a memory for each coffee origin,
farm and roast color. After one minute stir the cap into the water gently.
This gives you optimal extraction of all the coffee. On freshly roasted
coffee released gas can cause a foam that suspends the coffee out of the
water. For best brewing the coffee needs to be in the water.
Pour the Coffee
Don't pour all the coffee out of the pot. Leave some in the bottom because
down at the bottom there is quite a bit of suspended coffee particles in
the water that will cloud a cup. Don't pour out half the pot and leave
the remaining for later. The coffee will continue to brew making a bitter
over brewed liquid.
I like to preheat my cup with hot water so I am pouring hot coffee into
a warm cup. That way the coffee stays warm longer, so I can enjoy drinking
it over a longer period of time. Remember flavor and taste move with the
cooling coffee. Some coffees become bitter when cool so drink it while
it is hot to warm. Sit back, let the coffee roll over your tongue. What
is the flavor? Is the strength ok? Is it fruity and wonderfully acidic
or is it bold and intense? Oh the simple things of life.