5 Steps To Brewing Better French Press Coffee

The best way to prepare a delicious cup of coffee in the morning might just be to skip the expensive gadgets and complicated barista tricks and keep it simple with a French press. Here are five easy steps to brewing up the perfect pour:

Using a French press is easy and produces consistently delicious results.
Using a French press is easy and produces consistently delicious results.

1. Prepare materials: you’ll need a French press, ground coffee, water heated to somewhere between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit and a timer.
2. Add coffee to the brewer. Be careful to watch your proportions; you’ll want around an ounce of ground coffee to every 8-10 ounces of water, but feel free to adjust those quantities to taste.
3. Pour in half the water and let the coffee soak for one minute.
4. Stir, and then pour in the rest of the water.
5. Wait four minutes before pushing that plunger down, and then pour the coffee into a mug immediately.

The Kitchn warns against three common errors made by amateur French press users: grinding your beans either too finely or too coarsely, not measuring out the water and grounds, and allowing the coffee to sit in the press and grow bitter after brewing. However, if you follow the steps above and avoid these errors, you’ll have the fantastic beverage you crave with minimal fuss.

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