Perfect French Press Coffee

Most coffee snobs would say that drinking coffee, brewed from a French Press, is the purest way to enjoy a good cup of joe. In fact, Firebird Coffee’s lead roaster, Phil Meech, ALWAYS pours a French Press when trying beans from new origins, new blends, or when playing with roasting times and temperatures.

Personally, I love the French Press, although I don’t drink coffee that way at home as often as I would like. I have a nice stainless steel press that I acquired from the Green Siren years ago, and bring it on trips, camping, and have it available around the home. Around the camp fire, or after dinner with a rich dessert, it really is the most delicious way to enjoy your favorite coffee.

 There are many reasons to like the French Press. There is little argument that the coarser roast, in blazing hot water, “steeped” for around 3 minutes, is a great way to draw out the subtleties of a particular blend. Looking for cocoa? Acidity? Smoothness? Maybe some hints of citrus? Preparing your cup of coffee via the French Press will highlight those flavor profiles.  Many in the Asian community, would argue, however that a 24-hour cold brew is the right method and that drinking iced coffee is the best way to taste the nuance.  Or maybe a pour-over is your thing. We will get to that in another post.

Personally, I love a cold brew, but the French Press can’t be beaten for a hot, flavorful cup of coffee, especially if you favor higher end coffees, like Firebird’s HELIO Yirgacheffe or PHOENIX Batzchocola.

You will notice in the recipe that there are some variances, here is my opinion as to why I left those variances in there (proverbial “method to my madness”):

  • Amount of Ground Coffee – the reason there is a variance in the recipe is first and foremost, a matter of taste. People like what they like.   But, I thought it would be fun to share this with you this little nugget…coffees from Africa, tend to taste better with a little more coffee, so consider adding more by volume to the press. Coffees from the Americas, however, seem to taste better with a little less. Give it a go and let us know what you like!

Here is the quick recipe for putting together a delicious cup of coffee via the French Press.

Perfect French Press Coffee

Perfect French Press Coffee

Ingredients

  • 22-30 grams coarsely ground coffee – weighing is ideal
  • 8 cups filtered near boiling water (about 200-205 degrees)

Instructions

  1. Pour ground coffee into bottom of French Press.
  2. Add hot water. Boiling is slightly too hot. If cooking on a stovetop, just as it starts to form bubbles at the bottom of the pan. This should be around 200 degrees but no higher than 205.
  3. Give it a good stir.
  4. Place top on and let sit for about 3 minutes or accordingly based on your taste. Under 2 1/2 minutes and not enough, over 4 seems to be too much.

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