Learn how-to brew a French Press with Quantum Coffee in Toronto
Pressed coffee also starts with freshly ground coffee, requires no additional filter besides the plunger already available in your Bodum (yes, this is an acceptable name for a French Press as Bodum holds one of the original patents). This type of brew involves pouring water over grounds to extract the flavours, steeping and then plunging the grinds to the bottom to reveal your coffee.
Timing: 4 minutes plus an additional 30 seconds for blooming
Method: Begin by pouring a cup of boiling water into the french press and plunge to warm the strainer and glass beaker to touch. Place your coffee grinds in the french press. Depending on the size of your Bodum, in a circular motion, pour the french pressed boiling water gently onto the grounds until full. Set a timer for 4 minutes letting your coffee bloom for 30 seconds. Then, carefully stir the coffee. Many coffee methods suggest stir 3 oft stirs. Once the timer goes off, cover your coffee plunge it slowly.
Appearance and Taste: Unlike the pour over, the french press brew offered a much more robust looking coffee. It was a touch lighter in colour but cloudy. You could tell there is going to be sediment. The taste of it is strong, but with very well rounded flavour. It is not a coffee that you are going to easily pick up the subtleties in flavour. This is the cup of coffee you want first thing in the morning to start your day on the right foot.
Need To Know
Paper filters prevent sediment, some oils and create a generally cleaner mouth feel.
The French Press will create a fuller bodied coffee because all of the oils are present and fine particles of coffee are suspended in the cup.
Fatty liquids: traditionally fatty liquids, such as cream or butter, are placed in coffee is not to change the flavour, but rather prevent the coffee from becoming bitter from oxygen exposure.
Coffee Storage: oxygen is not a friend of coffee. When you purchase coffee, it will provide the best flavour if freshly ground. After a day or two, the oxygen will penetrate the ground coffee and make for a less robust, and slightly bitter cup of coffee. If you do not have access to a grinder, then you portion your coffee for the week and place in a freezer until ready to use. You don’t want to freeze the coffee for anymore than a week or so.
Ratios: Just for reference, there are recommended ratios and measurements for making an ideal cup of coffee. Firstly, there are two methods for measuring, by weight or volume. The preferred method is to use a scale, which will produce the most consistent results for coffee day in and day out. You want between 1.5-2 grams of ground coffee per ounce of water. If you are measuring, it would be about 2.5 tbsp of ground coffee per cup of water. A typical North American mug holds 10 oz of liquid, so you will be using 3 tbsp of ground coffee.