GUEST BLOG—By Illy.com—In an era of artisan coffee for home consumption that’s dominated by the popularity of the pour over method, old fashioned French Press coffee makers, are making a comeback.
Reason is the public’s third wave fascination with exploring new beans, new regions is going hand in hand with brewing technology: new and old.
French Press refresher course for newbies or born again 70s types:
A cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee: that’s the simple beauty of the French press, method of choice for many the world over, creating an earthy, rich taste in the cup.
The secret is all in the grind: choose medium, with uniformity and consistency throughout. Very coarse grinds may clog the filter, while very fine grinds will pass through the filter, muddying the results.
Press like the best:
Place the pot on a dry, flat surface. Hold the handle firmly, then pull out the plunger
Add a heaping tablespoon (7-8 grams) of coffee to the pot per 200 ml (6.7 oz) of water
Pour hot water—not quite boiling—into the pot, and gently stir
Carefully reinsert the plunger into the pot, stopping just above the water and ground coffee (do not plunge yet), and let stand for 3-4 minutes
Press the plunger down slowly, exerting steady pressure.