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French Press

Brewing with a press pot is one of the easiest ways to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee at home. Press pot coffee is brewed using a full-immersion method, meaning the coffee is fully immersed in water for the entire brew time. This type of brewing produces a very full- bodied, hearty cup.  We really enjoy the full body and richness the french press highlights in our SweetSpot espresso blend.


Step One

Step One

Heat filtered water to boil.  Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Preheat brewer with hot water then dump. Grind coffee to a coarse grind. Pour coffee into brewer.

  • Step One

    Step One

    Heat filtered water to boil. Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Preheat brewer with hot water then dump. Grind coffee to a coarse grind. Pour coffee into brewer.

  • Step Two

    Step Two

    Pour majority of water onto coffee grounds with enough force to saturate them evenly. Stir coffee/water mixture to help settle bloom. Start timer for four minutes.

  • Step Three

    Step Three

    Once bloom has settled pour remainder of water into the mix.

  • Step Four

    Step Four

    Place lid on brewer. Let sit until the timer is to two minutes.

  • Step Five

    Step Five

    Remove lid and stir grounds three or four times. Replace lid and let sit until the remaining time elapses.

  • Step Six

    Step Six

    Once timer is down to 30 seconds start pressing the plunger down. Press plunger slowly and evenly.  Press should take 20 to 30 seconds.

  • Step Seven

    Step Seven

    Pour carefully…

  • Step Eight

    Step Eight

    Enjoy!

 

Detailed Instructions

What you’ll need
Scale or measuring spoon, grinder (preferably a burr grinder), coffee, filtered water, timer or watch, water kettle or other heating method, press pot (French press), stirring spoon, coffee cup and/or thermal carafe

Grind
You should always grind your coffee as close to brewing time as possible. You will need 16 grams or two tablespoons of coffee for every eight ounces of water. The coffee will be fully immersed for a long brew time so it’s necessary to use a coarse grind. As a general rule, the longer the immersion time the coarser the coffee needs to be ground. Once your coffee is ground pour it into an empty, clean and dry press pot.

Water
To ensure great results, you need to use filtered water heated to about 200 degrees. Coffee is 99 percent water so using good quality water is imperative. The best and easiest way to get the water to the correct temperature is to boil the water in an electric water kettle and let sit for 30 seconds after boiling. Boiling water on the stove or even the microwave will work as well. Once the water is at the proper temperature assertively pour it onto the the grounds. You want the water to contact the grounds with enough force to saturate them totally and evenly. Pour the majority of the water onto the grounds. There should be a prominent bloom if you are using fresh coffee. The bloom is caused by gas built-up in the coffee.

Time and Stir
Once you have poured the majority of your water start your timer set for four minutes and gently stir the contents of the press pot three or four times around to ensure even extraction and to settle the bloom. When the bloom settles pour the remaining water into the mix. After two minutes have passed stir again and then place the top and plunger on the press pot.

Press
Once three and a half minutes has passed, press the plunger down slowly and evenly. It should take 20 to 30 seconds to fully press the plunger.

Pour
You should pour your pressed coffee into serving cups or a thermal carafe as soon as it is brewed. Coffee left on the grounds in the press pot will quickly become over extracted and bitter.

Enjoy!

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