What is a French Press?
A French Press also known as a Press Pot or Plunger Pot
is an unique easy way to make your coffee. Using
this Process will give you an excellent cup of coffee and
your friends will be amazed watching you prepare and brew
the coffee right at your dinner table. The French Press is
used at the restaurants in the old Colonial Williamsburg,
Virginia. This was the brewing process used back in the
1700's and everything there brings you back to that time.
Colonial Williamsburg brings you back to a time when our
country and Constitution was founded and makes for an
excellent vacation and history lesson. So much for that.
What do I need?
A French Press and a heat source, coffee,
filtered or bottled water preferred. Purchase a French Press
What type of coffee grind?
The French Press uses a medium to coarse grind. The grind
must be large enough so that the mesh filter on the plunger works and does
not get clogged. Because of the larger grind, the brewing
time is a bit longer than with other methods. I use 5
minutes as a general rule but you can adjust the time a
minute or two either way to suite your taste. A grind set
between drip and percolator is a good place to start as it
varies from one press pot brand to another
What else should I know?
Water temperature is vital and doing it correctly
makes a world of difference. You can
make what many say is the perfect cup of coffee buy using
fresh filtered or bottled water. I do not recommend using an
aluminum pot to boil water in. Stainless steel or a Pyrex
glass container is preferred. Ideally,
you want the temperature between 195 and 200 degrees F. One
way to do this is to boil the water and use an instant
read thermometer from any kitchen store. Once you remove the
water from the heat, see how long it takes to reach 200
degrees. It will probably take about 10 to 20 seconds to
cool to the desired temperature. In some
places, your water may boil at the proper temperature of 212
degrees. The elevation does have an effect at what
temperature the warder actually starts to boil. Do not allow
the water to boil more than a couple of seconds. Once you
know the timing, you are all set for your future coffee
the lid and plunger. Use two rounded tablespoons of coffee
for each 8 oz. of water. Note that coffee cups range from 5
to 10 ounces. The press
in the picture above
holds 32 oz. of water, that goes up to the bottom of the
silver band. I use five to six rounded coffee scoops
depending on the coffee beans I'm using that day.
Put the dry coffee into the clean pot.
the proper temperature water, start slowly adding it to the
pot. Most of the coffee will float. You can briefly, gently
stir the water at this point and many grinds will sink.
The screen should be up against the bottom of the
lid. Place the lid on the press. Many lids have a position
that does not allow steam to escape, use this position if
you have it.
After one minute, if you did not stir in Step 2, you can
remove the lid, give a brief stir, and replace the lid.
Now this time depends on your grind so you will need to
practice. Timing from the addition of the water, after a
total of THREE to FIVE minutes you will need to start the
plunge. The finer a grind you use, the shorter the time. I
typically brew for 5 minutes plus or minus 1 minute.
the lid with one hand and carefully push the plunger down,
the screen will push the grinds to the bottom. If the filter
screen is tilted and grinds are escaping, just remove it,
give a quick rinse, and replunge.
It should take about 20 seconds, this is not a fast push,
there is resistance and it gets a bit tougher as you go.
You are now ready to enjoy your
coffee. Just pour a cup and enjoy.
Note: Don’t let the coffee sit in the pot, it will actually
keep brewing. Also, be aware, there will be some grinds in
the bottom of your cup, it is best not to go for the last
French Press - Easiest form of rich flavor coffee brewing
- The French press method is a form of coffee brewing
which involves placing coarsely ground beans into a glass or
ceramic carafe and pouring heated water over the grounds and
letting it steep.
Coffee - No one type and size fits all. -
When it comes to coffee I can truly say:
"No one size or type fits all" because in this coffee
drinking City of New Orleans there are so many different
types of coffee that it will get your head spinning.
Best Espresso Maker
Under $90 -
Don't make the mistake and buy an
espresso maker based strictly on price because more expensive does not
always translate into better product. Pressure rating of 15-bars makes
DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker
the perfect choice for your home and priced under $90.
Buying the Right Espresso Machine-Just
as there are many different kinds of espresso flavors and drinks on the
market today, so too are there just as many different ways to make an
espresso beverage. The main difference, however, in making an espresso
base coffee beverage lies in the machine that is used to make it.
What Is Espresso-
Espresso really does have quite a different nature than
other coffees! Not only is espresso a more concentrated cup
of coffee, but the taste is very different as well and may
account for some of the reason why espresso is usually liked
more than coffee.
Magic Brew - How to Make Your Own Espresso
- once you get started making espresso then you will
have not only more control over your own beverage, but
you'll be able to perfect the art of making espresso so that
it comes out the same every time!
Why Should you buy a Home Espresso Machine? - Home
espresso machines are available everywhere and if you are
really passionate about coffee then there is no reason why
you shouldn’t have one in your kitchen. Just imagine waking
up every morning to your home brewed espresso, how would
Espresso - Unbelievable Shock & Awe of Rich Flavor Burst!
- You can believe you are in for an unbelievable flavor and
caffeine shock from the espresso coffee bean with your first
shot of espresso coffee beans.