How coarse coffee for the French press?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How coarse coffee for the French press?” methods to prepare French press coffee using coarse grounds and medium grounds as well as the coffee to water ratio.

How coarse coffee for the French press?

French press coffee should have a coarse even grind which resembles that of sea salt. A coarse grind is required because the water is in contact with beans for a long time period in the French press. 

If the grounds are fine, the coffee would taste bitter because of the over-extraction of flavors.

If you have bought a regular ground coffee from the store, then you can prepare standard French press coffee with a waiting time of 4 minutes. You can adjust the coffee to water ratio as per your requirement.

If the coffee tastes too strong, add more water. If the coffee tastes mild, you can add more coffee beans.

How to prepare French press coffee?

  • Heat water and bring it to a boil. If you require 17 ounces of the French press, you would require at least 12 ounces of water.
  • When the water is kept to a boil, you can start grinding your coffee. A coarse even grind is required for the coffee. The ratio of coffee to water should be 1:12 which means that if you are using 12 ounces of water, you would require 30 gms of coffee.
  • After the water boils, take it off the stove. Pour the water slowly into the coffee grounds. Pour twice the amount of water for coffee grounds and do not put the entire 12 ounces of water all at once.

If you have 30 gms of coffee beans, start by putting 60 gms of water. Stir the coffee gently and allow it to rest for 30 seconds. This is the blooming period of the coffee and the coffee grounds would slowly give out their flavor.

  • Pour the remaining water and close the top of the French press using a lid. Let the coffee bloom for 4 minutes. Avoid plunging.
  • Remove the French press from the scale and place it aside. Gently push the plunger down. If your plunger is difficult to push down then it would be an indication that the coffee grounds are coarse.
  • Serve the coffee immediately. Do not allow the coffee to sit in the French press for a long time as the coffee grounds would over-extract and the flavor would change.

What should be the coffee to water ratio for the French press?

For a milder tasting coffee, you can use a coffee to water ratio of 1:12. For moderately tasting French press coffee you can use a coffee to water ratio of 1:15. For a strongly tasting coffee, you can use a coffee to water ratio of 1:17. 

Moderately flavored coffee ideally tastes best. So you can try going for a 1:15 coffee to water ratio.

Can you steep French press for longer?

Yes, you can steep French press for a long time too. Slower extraction along with a coarser grind would give you a more flavorful cup. Set the grinder of your coffee to the coarsest grind.

Grind your coffee beans extra coarse and steep them for 8 minutes. You would also have to stir the coffee a second time after 7 minutes.

Can you prepare French press coffee using medium grounds?

Yes, you can prepare French press using medium ground coffee too. Follow the following steps for this method

  • Boil water in a kettle. Weigh your coffee grounds and ground them to a medium grind.
  • After the water has boiled, remove them from the stove. Let it cool for a minute.
  • Zero the scale. Start the timer and pour water slowly as per the amounts you require.
  • Stir the coffee gently. Avoid plunging, instead, keep the coffee for 4 minutes.
  • Stir the crust of the coffee slightly and then remove the foam formed over water. Remove only 2 tbsp of the foam.
  • Allow the coffee to settle for 8 minutes.
  • Place the plunger and gently press the coffee down. Using a strainer, you can remove the floaters.
  • Serve the coffee.

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What are some tips to prepare French press?

  • Use fresh coffee beans which have not passed the expiry date.
  • Grind the coffee beans before starting to brew them.
  • Use distilled or fresh water for preparing coffee.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How coarse coffee for the French press?” methods to prepare French press coffee using coarse grounds and medium grounds as well as the coffee to water ratio.

References

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/brew-guides/french-press