The French Press style of coffee making produces very rich, aromatic and tasty coffee. It uses very coarsely ground coffee that steeps in the brewing water for several minutes, allowing all the flavors to fully extract from the coffee grinds.
A French press coffee maker has two parts: a straight-sided container, usually made of glass, and a filter-plunger that pushes through the water to filter out the coffee after it has steeped. The plunger also serves as the lid.
To brew coffee with a French Press, first add the coffee grounds, then add the brewing water. You should stir the coffee grinds around to be sure all of them are in contact with water. Now place the plunger/lid on the pot. DO NOT press it down yet, it needs to steep for about four minutes for hot coffee and at least 12 hours for cold brew (a little more or less depending the coarseness of the grind).
Once the coffee has brewed enough, slowly press down on the plunger, trapping the grounds on the bottom. Do not force the plunger. If it doesn’t want to go down, simply lift the plunger up slightly and try again. The filter can jam on grinds that are too fine. Take your time and it will work. Experiment with the brewing time and grind coarseness until you get the taste you like best and you will have some of the best tasting coffee.
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