Cafetiere Brew Guide
The Cafetière (French Press): A Quick Introduction
The cafetière, or French press, is renowned for its simplicity and ability to extract bold flavors. This method relies on steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in hot water, allowing the oils and essential compounds to shine. Here's how to master it:
What You'll Need
- A cafetière (French press)
- Freshly roasted speciality coffee beans (coarse grind)
- A kettle
- A scale
- A timer
- A stirring utensil
- A mug or server
Step 1: Measure Your Coffee
To achieve a consistent brew, it's essential to measure your coffee and water accurately. Use a scale to measure 15g of coarsely ground coffee for every 250ml of water. Adjust the quantities based on your personal taste preferences.
Step 2: Heat the Water
Boil water, and then let it cool for a minute or two until it reaches about 93°C. This temperature ensures optimal extraction without scalding the coffee.
Step 3: Add Coffee Grounds
Place the cafetière on a flat, stable surface. Add the coarsely ground coffee to the bottom of the press.
Step 4: Begin the Bloom
Start your timer and pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds, just enough to saturate them. Give it a gentle stir to ensure all the grounds are wet, and then allow it to bloom for about 30 seconds. During this time, the coffee will release gases, and you'll notice a bloom forming.
Step 5: Pour the Remaining Water
After the bloom, slowly pour the rest of the hot water into the cafetière. Pour in a steady, controlled manner, making sure to evenly saturate all the grounds. Place the lid on the press but do not press down yet.
Step 6: Steep and Wait
Allow the coffee to brew for about 4 minutes. Adjust the brewing time according to your taste; longer brewing will yield a stronger brew.
Step 7: Plunge and Serve
After the steeping time, press down the plunger slowly but firmly. Use gentle, even pressure to avoid forcing the grounds through the mesh filter. Once the plunger reaches the bottom, your coffee is ready to be poured and enjoyed.
The cafetière, or French press, is a fantastic brewing method that brings out the full-bodied and robust flavors of your coffee beans. Whether you prefer a strong cup in the morning or want to unwind with a rich afternoon brew, mastering this technique will elevate your coffee experience.