8 Steps to Make Good Coffee from Home (pt. 3)

The last and final method in this 3-part series will be the French Press. The French Press method works a little different than the other types of methods that we’ve featured before as it requires the most labour to brew this deep but yet aromatic cup of coffee.

French or Italian Press?

For those who are new to the whole coffee making practice, the modern day French Press equipment was invented by an Italian by the name of Paolini Ugo. This simple but yet magnificent device consists of only two parts - the plunger and the filter screen.

The plunger is usually a rod with a handle at the top that you use to press the coffee grounds and connects to the filter screen at the bottom.

The filter screen consists of a filter and a disc, which is held together against the glass by a circular spring. Depending on the brand and model of the french press machine, it may contain up to three or four stainless mesh filters to ensure the coffee grounds stay at the bottom as you plunge through the machine. For those who are more conscious about their coffee, you may choose to attach a coffee filter to trap the natural oils that come in the coffee grounds which are blamed for its cholesterol increment characteristics.

It is often proclaimed that the grind of the coffee beans is important in producing a good cup of french pressed coffee. Hence, we recommend that you use our Single Origin Premium Arabica Beans which are known to be carefully selected and are generally uniform in size - perfect for easy grinding to ensure the correct consistency of grind produced. For those who don’t have a coffee grinder or find it too cumbersome to grind coffee, don’t fret as we also have our almighty ground coffee house blend.

Items needed:

  • French Press Machine
  • Hot Water
  • Coffee Beans / Coffee Grounds
  • Coffee Filters (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. If using coffee beans, grind them to a rough and coarse consistency and try to have them uniformly sized. A visual guide would be to aim for a texture close to breadcrumbs. You would want to avoid adding any fine grit to the machine as well.
  3. Once the water is boiling, let it cool for about a minute.
  4. Add the coffee grounds and hot water into the machine and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  5. Fill the machine till it's about ¾ full.
  6. Let the mixture sit and brew for about 4-5 minutes.
  7. This is when you would insert the plunger and press downwards gently to segregate the coffee grounds from the mixture.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

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