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Of all brewing methods, the French press may be our favorite. It’s simple, elegant and brews fantastic coffee – no complicated equipment required.
The French press method yields multiple cups of full-bodied coffee in just four minutes. Heaven!
You’ll want to brew with water that’s just below a boil, so as not to scald the coffee. So bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat a smidge to maintain the correct temperature.
Use filtered water. Since water is the main ingredient in brewed coffee, chlorine and other contaminants can affect taste.
You’ll need a coarse, even grind for French press coffee. Grind to a breadcrumb consistency.
Buy whole bean coffee and grind immediately before brewing. If ground too soon, the beans will lose many of the compounds that give coffee such wonderful aromas and flavors.
The amount of coffee depends on the size of your French press. For the large Le Creuset French press, we recommend four tablespoons of ground coffee. For the small French press, just under two tablespoons should be fine.
Experiment with the amount of coffee to find the strength you like best.
Slowly pour the simmering water into the French press. Fill it halfway and pause a few seconds to let the coffee bloom. Pour in the remaining water, stopping just below the spout. Replace the lid, with the filter and metal rod pulled up. Let steep three to four minutes.
When hot water meets the coffee grounds, carbon dioxide is released, causing them to grow and rise. This is known as the bloom.
Slowly press down on the metal rod to trap the coffee grounds at the bottom. Leave the lid and filter in place when pouring. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Coffee will continue brewing in the French press, so if you have some left, pour it into a carafe to enjoy as a second cup.
A thriving part of Charleston, South Carolina’s culinary narrative, King Bean has created custom blends for some of the South’s most creative chefs. We roast daily on our cast iron Petroncini, and each bag is carefully hand-packed and delivered directly from our roastery.