If you are on the market for a French press coffee maker, then chances are that you already know a bit or two about coffee and the French press for that matter. We will often hear – and this is coming from real coffee enthusiasts – that the French press is absolutely the best way to make coffee.
We like to call these people coffee puritans, but there is some truth in what they are saying. A French press was first designed in 1929 by Atillio Calimani, an Italian designer that was very fond of the beverage himself. It didn’t have too much sway back in the day until it was recognized by kitchenware companies as one of the best ways to get a rich taste from coffee beans. The rest is how they like to say history! Bodum, a Danish company, was instrumental in popularizing the French press and to this day they are hailed as one of the best French press manufacturers in the world.
We’ve wondered the same thing for a long time as well. But when we’ve tried it all our doubts and misconceptions were laid to rest. It tastes so much better and richer than coffee prepared with any other method. It is simply astounding.
There are a couple of reasons why coffee comes out tasting better from a French Press. For a layman, these reasons might be odd and something they have never even considered when brewing coffee which simply shows that coffee-making is, in fact, part art and part science – no wonder there are colleges in the world that offer structured education about the whole process!
These are the reasons why the French press has become the most sought-after coffee-making machine in the world. The coffee has a richer and bolder taste when you prepare it with a French press and another plus is the fact that most French presses are a bargain! It is definitely an underappreciated product that is selling for way less than it could!
If you are just starting to use the French press you will make mistakes. Don’t worry about it, it is a process. First, you have to understand what you like and how you like your coffee and then you will be able to make a wicked cup. However, there are some common mistakes we can help you avoid and set you on the right path.
The first thing you have to consider is the grind. The size of your grind has to be perfect if you want your coffee to taste great. If you have too finely grounded coffee you will end up with half of it in your mouth. On the other hand, if it is too coarse it will not extract well and you will end up drinking weak coffee. One way to know whether your coffee grind is good is the feel you get when you press down on it. If it runs through easily with no resistance, then it is too fine, but if you get too much resistance then it’s too coarse. You always want to be aiming for the golden middle.
The second point also touches upon the beans. You want your coffee beans to be freshly ground so you get the best out of them. If your coffee beans are old, your coffee with taste stale and not as good as it should.
Now, one more important thing to pay attention to is the amount of coffee you use. Putting too much will make it too strong, but if you decide to go with too little then your coffee will be weak. A good rule of thumb is to use a 1-10 coffee to water ratio. So use one gram of coffee for 10 milliliters of water. Of course, you don’t have to measure it every time you do it. If you are using a grinder you will know how much it grinds in one go. Mark down 200 milliliters and 400 milliliters on your press so you always know how much water you have and how much coffee you need.
The last thing you’ll want to know is that you should never leave coffee sitting in the French press for too long. As long as the coffee is in contact with the water it will continue brewing and the end result will be better coffee that is not something you would want to drink! So either always make just the amount you are going to drink or pour the coffee into a separate cup to prevent it from over brewing.
Keep these pointers in mind and you will soon be making excellent French press coffee and you’ll beat yourself up for not switching to it sooner. Check out our other articles and find out how to properly brew your coffee using a French press and how to clean it and take care of it after use!