Now, my husband and I attended a coffee class earlier this year which introduced us to three different ways to pour yourself a cup of slow coffee, including the filter coffee (which I talked about earlier) and said french press.
During the class we felt that we favoured the V60 over the french press so when trying my hand at the french press this afternoon I was wondering if I would stick with that choice.
Eventually, I still prefer the V60 over the french press. Although, I must admit: this wasn’t the perfect cup of coffee, I’m still a novice at this thing.
However, here’s a set of ground rules when using the french press. I’ll sure be using this checklist when brewing my next cup of coffee:
- French press coffee asks for a coarse, even grind (mine was way too fine, I realise now).
- Add just a tad bit of water and give the grounds a stir. Let the coffee bloom for about 30 seconds.
- Add the rest of the water, but don’t plunge yet. Instead, let the coffee steep for four minutes.
- After four minutes, press the filter down. If it’s hard to press, that means the grind is too fine. If the plunger immediately goes down to the pot’s floor, it is too coarse.
- Serve the coffee immediately as to when you let it sit, it will continue to brew (and we wouldn’t want that, would we?)
With that being said, I will try my hand on another french press, making sure to follow all these steps precisely. And while I’m at it, I could use my fancy Bodum travel mug to take my french press on the go.
the fine print: this post is a collab with fun, but as you know all opinions are entirely my own
all photos by kelly steenlandt