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French Press Brewing Method
|By far the easiest brewer to use, the French Press looks every bit as stylish as the coffee it renders. Also known as a press pot, plunger pot, or cafetiere, the coffee press brews by way of infusion.
Coarsely ground coffee, measured out as 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water, is steeped in water “just off the boil” for 4 minutes. A plunger equipped with a stainless steel filter that grips the interior walls of the pot is then pressed down gently. This forces the grounds to the bottom and brewed coffee to the top—ready to be consumed. To serve, simply turn the lid to open the pour spout.
|To achieve a "just off the boil" water temperature, bring water in a pot or a kettle to a rolling boil and then remove it from the heat for 10 seconds. This will ensure that the water temperature falls into the 195-205° F. range so that proper extraction occurs. This attention to correct brewing temperature, a factor that very few automatic home brewers can provide, will result in a coffee whose complete range of flavors have been pulled into the brew.
Enjoy this coffee within 20 minutes after it has been prepared.
Coffees Best Suited to the Press Method: Press brewing results in a very textured cup rich in natural coffee oils. It is a perfect match for dark roasted coffees, medium-roasted Latin American coffees, and low-acid coffees such as those from Sumatra and Nicaragua. The coffee press also offers the ideal brewing method for decaffeinated coffees whose flavors are accentuated by this extraction process.
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