Brewing your coffee in a French press results in a heavier body since their is no paper filter (like in drip and pour over coffees) to absorb the oils. Below are instructions to brew a perfect cup.
- Dose 2 oz or 56 grams of coffee in a 20oz French press. (1oz coffee per 10oz water)
- Temperature - Water should be poured when just off boiling (around 202-204*)
- Grind your Barefoot Coffee beans on a coarse setting.
- Time - Set a timer for 4 minutes and start it immediately as you pour the water in a thin stream over the grounds. While pouring, try to ensure that the grounds are evenly saturated by the stream of water. Ideally pour about half way.
- Leave room when filling for the bloom. The grounds release gasses when in contact with the hot water, so the coffee will continue to rise to the top of the french-press. Fresher coffees can bloom up to 4 inches in a narrow French-press.
- After 1 minute has elapsed, break the “crust” by gently stirring the grounds. By now the bloom should have stopped expanding and might even have shrunk slightly.
- Immediately add hot water to fill the French press. Replace the lid so it is resting on top, but do not press it down.
After 3 minutes, gently press the grounds down to the bottom of the pot.
- Do not let the coffee sit in the press, or it will over-extract and taste astringent and bitter.
How to Clean A French Press
- After emptying grounds, rinse with water and wipe out any oils/ residue. Do not use soap. It will leave a residue and taint the taste of your coffee.
- When washing the lid/filter, be careful! The prongs around the filter are delicate and can easily be bend out of shape. Rinse it thoroughly. Don't forget to clean the inside of the lid.