Using the French press is one for many ways we fuss over our coffee. The French press happens to be one of the easiest, most comfortable ways to brew a great cup of coffee. It is the perfect low budget brewing methods for those lazy weekends. When done right, it is capable of producing an impressive hot, delicious cup of coffee with a great taste to the absolute pleasure of everyone. The brewing device consists of a narrow cylindrical beaker, pot or plunger that fits nicely into the pot and a mesh filter device. How long it takes to brew a great cup of coffee in a French press depends mainly on the process and the size of the press. However, it generally takes about 4 to five minutes to get done with coffee in a French press. In this article, we are going to analyze some of the ways to brew coffee and how long it typically takes.
A few factors to consider before Brewing coffee in a French press.
• Ensure that the French press has been thoroughly washed and cleansed from the time it was last used. This is essential because any old grounds stuck in the mesh filter will compromise the taste of the coffee with bitter flavors.
• Don’t grind the coffee too quickly. This is because it will quickly lose many of the compounds and elements that afford the coffee its great aromas and delightful flavors. Thus, for the best results, it is recommended that you start with the whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder right before brewing.
• We also advise that you make use of scaling equipment. This may seem a little too technical, but it makes the brewing process more comfortable, methodical and eliminates the occurrence for guesswork and errors.
• Boil the water to the appropriate temperature. You need to know that there is an ideal place to work the water temperature into. Too hot water will ruin the coffee and water not boiled enough will not extract and will equally turn the coffee muddy, bitter and unpleasant. These two factors usually disregarded and yet, are very important. All you need is a sense how hot the water is and a burr grinder. Getting the water temperature right is not rocket science. In most cases, it will suffice if you just take the water off the boiler and let it sit out for a few minutes before going ahead to brew.
That being said, it is time to jump ahead and tell you how to brew your coffee in not more than 6 minutes. From a glance, here are some of the essential ingredients and parameters you need to be aware of.
1. A French press (Of course)
2. Desired coffee beans. (Suggested measurement; for a 4-cup, 27 grams, i.e., 4-5 tablespoons)
3. Water (Suggested measurement for the above amount of coffee; 430 mL, plus additional for pre-heating)
4. Utensils to stir
5. A Kettle
6. A Timer
7. A Mug
8. Burr grinder (This item is recommended)
9. A scale (This item is also recommended for the reasons stated above.)
Step by Step Guidelines:
Allow the water heat up to slightly above a 200. To achieve this, follow the step we stated above by allowing it to boil and then letting it sit our cold for about 30 seconds.
Weight out the whole bean coffee using the scale and grind it on a course setting. You can expedite this process though if you are making use of a pre-ground coffee. After this is done, turn the contents of the ground coffee into the French press and shake it back and forth gently to settle the grounds.
This part is what we call the bloom and it when you get the timer on. With the ground coffee seated in the French press, pour just about half of the hot water over the grounds. What happens is that the hot water forces trapped gases out of the ground coffee, allowing for the expansion of the coffee and letting out wonderful aromas to perceive and enjoy. In this process, you will also notice that there is a thick formation of the coffee grounds. Don’t forget, once you pour the water on, start the timer watch it out for 30 seconds. Once the timer hits, gently stir the coffee evenly to break up the congealed coffee grounds for about five seconds and mix it with water.
Evenly pour water to the top of the press and add the lid, gently resting the plunger on the grounds. Wait until your timer reads 4:00, then slowly push the plunger all the way down.
Immediately decant the coffee to prevent over-extraction – if it sits for too long in your French press, it will turn bitter.
Now, everything is set for you to enjoy your cup of French press brewed coffee and you can settle down to enjoy it with friends. Thus, in very plain terms, it takes just about 5 minutes to have your coffee brewed in a French press.