Brewing coffee in a French press (also called a press pot)
This is a classic and simple preparation method. Due to the relatively long contact of water with the coffee, the coffee brewed in a French press receives a full-bodied taste. In addition, the strong-flavoured oils present in the coffee are not filtered out by the filter. In brief: a simple preparation method with an intense coffee enjoyment. We recommend the following French presses:
Emsa NEO Kaffeebereiter für 8 Tassen (low-priced option)
Bodum Chambord Kaffeebereiter für 8 Tassen (more expensive option)
- Grind coffee beans (coarse grind, similar to coarsely ground pepper with a diameter of about 1 mm)
Due to the coarsely ground coffee the extraction is slow and equal, which produces a richer coffee flavour.
- Put the measured quantity of coffee into the pot
In order to get a balanced flavour and aroma, we recommend to take 65 grams of ground coffee (about 9 heaped tablespoons) for every 1 litre of water.
TIP: Preheat the pot with hot water before pouring coffee into it. This prevents the temperature of the coffee from dropping quickly, and thus reduces the loss of flavours.
- Heat up the water and pour it into the pot
After the water has boiled, let it cool for about 30 to 60 seconds. When it has reached the temperature of about 95° Celsius, pour it on the coffee. The optimum brewing time for a French press is 3-4 minutes.
TIP: Watch the time carefully so that no overextraction or underextraction takes place. Overextracted coffee is bitter and the unterextracted one tastes thin and watery.
- Stir the coffee
Stir the coffee shortly, put the lid on the pot and press it a few millimeters down the pot so that the ground coffee floating on the top is completely in contact with the water. Wait till the end of the brewing time.
- Press the coffee down the pot and & enjoy!
When the brewing time of 3-4 minutes is up, plunge slowly and evenly. Your coffee is ready to serve!
TIP: Be sure you pour your coffee into serving cups right away because if you leave the coffee sitting on top of the grounds, it will keep extracting and get stronger and bitter by the time you are ready for your second cup. It is therefore always best to brew as much coffee as you need at the moment.