How To Use a French Coffee Press

Most people throughout the world wake up to a cup of coffee. It doesn't matter if it is hot, cold, strong, or weak as long as it's there. Gone are the days when coffee was a time to relax and just enjoy the day. The French coffee press brings back these moments.

    Items needed:

  • French coffee press
  • coffee beans
  • measuring spoon
  • water and pan to heat it

Fill the pan with enough water to fill the French press and heat to boiling. Once the water has boiled, it remove from the heat and set aside. Measure out the amount of coffee beans required. This is usually two tablespoons per six ounce cup of water. Grind the beans. They must be between a medium and a coarse grind. If the beans are too fine, they will clog the filter. Place the coffee into the coffee press. Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee. Using a spoon or small whisk, stir the water gently.

Replace the lid and plunger onto the coffee pot but do not push down. Allow the coffee to brew for about four minutes. The brew time and the amount of coffee will vary from person to person, depending on how strong you want your coffee to be.

Taking the lid firmly in one hand, slowly push down on the plunger with the other hand. Try to keep the rod in the plunger as straight as possible. This will prevent the grounds from getting into the rest of the coffee. It is also important that the water doesn't pour over the sides of the press, as this could result in a burn. After the press has been pushed completely down, allow the coffee to sit for thirty or forty seconds. This will allow the grounds to settle before you pour the coffee.

Taking the lid in one hand , turn it until it is open. The French press is now ready to pour the coffee.

The French press should be washed each time it is used. Remove the lid with the plunger still attached. The glass pot can then be washed in warm soapy water. Unscrew the plunger from the stem on the lid. The lid and stem are now ready to be washed.

The plunger can be taken apart and washed. There are several parts to the plunger: a mesh filter, a round threaded socket and a socket with a spiral edge circling it. All of these pieces can be washed in warm soapy water. After drying all of the parts, place the threaded socket on the bottom, with the filter next, followed by the socket with the edge on top. This is now ready to be put back on the plunger. The plunger is then screwed back onto the lid. 


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