To steep or not to steep - that is the question.
There are many methods for brewing a perfect cup, but when it comes to steeping, there’s only one for the job – the French Press. There have been very few alterations to the original 1929 design created by Attilio Callimani, and that’s simply because it was such a brilliant concept – simple, elegant and user friendly!
What you’ll need:
- 5 minutes
- French Press (varies in size. Make sure to adjust ratios accordingly)
- Coffee & Grinder
- Boiling Water
- Stir Stick
For the sake of this guide we’ll use a 3-cup (12 fluid oz) press. This will amount to 17 grams coffee and 275 grams water with a standard ratio of 1:16 respectively. Make sure to work the numbers before you begin brewing.
Measure and boil 375g water. Only 275g will be used for brewing, but you’ll need an additional amount to rinse the Press.
Now, measure and grind 17 grams of coffee into a breadcrumb consistency.
Once the water has come to a boil, rinse the Press reserving at least 275 grams of water for brewing. Discard the water used for rinsing.
Place your Press on the scale, add the ground coffee, then zero the scale. Pour the water until half full, making sure all the grounds are saturated, then start the timer for 1 minute.
After 1 minute stir the top layer known as the “crust.” Be careful not to damage the Press while stirring.
Fill the Press with the remaining amount of 275g water, then carefully replace the top plunger. Let the coffee steep for four minutes.
After four minutes has elapsed, plunge and serve the coffee.