How to Make French Press Coffee | Brew Guide – Kaldi's Coffee

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How to Make French Press Coffee

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Watch French Press Video on YoutubeOur own Kiersten brewed us an excellent French Press in this video, which may include helpful visuals for some of the techniques involved, though the recipe below should be comprehensive as well! You can also scroll down and play it below. 

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French Press coffee is perhaps the most common hand brewing technique in the world. While its popularity waned in the past decade as pour over coffee gained popularity, this simple device has gained new appreciation for its ease of use, wide availability, and its penchant for fool-proof brewing.

Better yet, techniques and know-how have progressed nicely through the years, and it’s easy to produce a clean, balanced cup of coffee while using a French Press.

Hand holding a Yama French Press

So, whether you just bought your first French Press or have been a lover of its full bodied brew for years, this recipe is for you!

We'll start by covering some frequently asked questions about the French Press, but if you just want to skip to the recipe you can do that in the link below.

SKIP TO BREW RECIPE

WHY BREW WITH A FRENCH PRESS

There is perhaps no easier way to brew exceptionally good coffee. Aside from that, the French Press also has these very useful features: 

  • Very forgiving because it uses the full immersion process
  • Does not require a lot of expensive brewing gear
  • Easily brews enough coffee for more than one person
  • Gives a full-bodied cup that is often very sweet 


WHAT IS FULL IMMERSION COFFEE BREWING?

All coffee grounds are in contact with all of the water during the brew. Think of it this way: when you make drip coffee using 20 grams of coffee and 320 milliliters of water, at any given point some water is in the tank or kettle, some is in the brewer itself, and some is in the server.

With full immersion - like a French Press - all of the water is with the coffee all of the time. Fully immersed!


French Press with a mug and Kaldi's 700 BlendWe especially love French Press coffee with medium roasts, like our 700  


FRENCH PRESS RATIO

We like to use 1 part coffee to 15 parts water (or a 1:15 ratio) for French Press coffee. You can adjust this to your taste within reason, but we feel like this "strength" adds nicely to the full-bodied mouthfeel that the French Press gives. 


WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER COFFEE GROUNDS

There are many things to do with your leftover coffee grounds, but please do not put them down your sink! Instead, consider:

  • Putting them in your compost 
  • Putting them around your garden as fertilizer and/or a natural pest repellant
  • Simply tossing them in your waste bin


A NOTE ON FRENCH PRESS STYLES AND SIZES

French Press coffee makers come in many shapes and styles. We have seen one cup versions and whoppers that can make two liters of coffee! We have seen double insulated options, options with extremely fine mesh screens, and all other sorts of bells and whistles. 

We believe that the beauty of French Press coffee is its simplicity. Coffee, water, time, strain. And, one of the best parts of the brewing process is that it doesn't really change brewer to brewer.

In our recipe, we have opted to use a 40:600 (1:15 coffee to water) ratio because we think it gives two great, well extracted, full cups to you and a friend. But, this recipe is easily repeatable across many brew (and French Press) sizes. 

Shop Yama French Press
Yama 6 Cup French Press

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Before we get started, you’ll want to make sure you have the following at hand:

  • Your French Press
  • 40 grams of coffee ground at a drip setting or slightly coarser
  • 700+ milliliters of water (for preheating and brewing)
  • a kettle
  • a scale
  • (optional) two spoons


A NOTE ON METHOD: TWO SPOONS & A SCOOP

Here, we advise a method where near the end of the brew, you gently scoop away any remaining foam and oils from the top of the brewed coffee. We find this provides a cleaner tasting cup, but it is totally optional!

LET'S GET BREWING!

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