How and Why French Press Brewing is For You

french press brewing

What Type of Coffee Drinker Are You?

There’s two types of coffee drinkers: the flavor enthusiasts, and the caffeinated wake-up callers. And what makes french press an incredibly special form of brewing is that it satisfies both crowds with exceptional performance.

For the Flavor Enthusiast

We know how important the coffee taste is for you flavor enthusiasts, so when you’re brewing your cup, you look for absolute perfection in flavor extraction. French presses are the perfect brewing method for the flavor enthusiast because, the combination of the plunger, with long-period steeping, pulls all of the essential oils out of the coffee beans and right into your cup.

For the Caffeinated Wake-Up Callers

For those who are looking for that caffeinated buzz to get you through the day, that french press’s superb extraction I mentioned? You’ll get the buzziest of buzzes for caffeine -- it’s a perfect cup to wake the dead (those who just feel like one).

So Why French Press?

Automatic coffee makers are purely designed for convenience. They run hot water through your grounds to pull just enough of the coffee to fill your cup. Coffee has natural oils that retain its unique flavor, but when using an automatic coffee maker with paper filters, a lot of those oils are lost into the filter. While using a pour-over (another great brewing method) is great for a light, tasteful cup, it doesn’t extract the full power out of your ground coffee beans.

french press coffee cup

How does it work?

For such a useful tool, it’s actually the simplest brewing method to clean and set up. All you would need is your french press and a grinder (or coarsely ground coffee). The grind of your coffee is incredibly important as it is ideal to have very coarse and large coffee particles to prevent your cup from becoming too mucky. And nobody likes that feeling of mucky coffee.

After having your ground coffee prepared, pour it at the bottom of your french press. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 8 oz. of near-boiling water you’ll be using and then let it sit for about four minutes. Feel free to stir for a few seconds with a chopstick or a wooden spoon (prevents glass scuffing) to allow the water to flow evenly throughout the grounds. Then comes the fun part, the press; push down on the plunger to extract the coffee and water, and watch as the dark coffee rise above the plunger.

You can adjust the strength by letting your coffee brew for longer or shorter before pressing.

The Cleanup

The most painful part of most coffee brewing is the cleanup. Coffee makers require disassembly and hand cleaning, pour-overs require the filters (unless disposable paper), cones, and pot to be cleaned, however, the French press? You only have to pull the plunger and clean the glass container and press.

french press pour

Are There Any Cons to French Press?

Of course there are cons, however, it’s purely subjective and based on personal opinions. Here are the most common negatives to a french press:

  • If the grind isn’t right, or the plunger has a little bit of damage, muck and coffee sediment can get into your cup which is entirely unpleasant.
  • You have to spend the time monitoring the coffee while remembering that temperature and grind size wholly matters. You can’t let it sit and then forget.
  • Some may consider that the clean-up is messy because you get your hands directly in contact with the coffee grounds, but some (like myself) don’t personally mind having their hands smell a bit like coffee.

And that pretty much sums the only issues with french presses. Of course, it’s all a matter of preference, as each brewing method has its own pros and cons, each has its own distinct flavor and caffeine strength; but for those who love flavor and maximum caffeine extraction, the french press brewing method is the go-to.

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