How to make good coffee at home
The average home brewer just doesn’t get hot enough to capture the flavors of a premium bean. Try a French press instead — it’s just five quick steps to delicious coffee.
1 – Use Fresh Beans
When coffee goes stale, it loses all its distinctive flavors.
Check the roast date. Use beans within a week of the roast.
To make your beans last longer, freeze them in an airtight container.
Don’t thaw and re-freeze. Take only the beans you need and thaw before grinding.
2 – Grind the Coffee
Grinding at the time of brewing preserves all the aroma of your beans.
Grind medium-coarse, about the texture of gritty sand or kosher salt.
Use 2 rounded tablespoons of coffee for every 8 ounces of water.
Place the coffee in the bottom of the clean French press. See photo below:
3 – Add Hot Water
Extra-hot water is the secret to great brew.
The water should be 200°F, or just off the boil.
Use filtered water for best results.
Pour it into the French press aggressively, so the grinds get stirred up.
4 – Wait 4 Minutes
Put the lid on the French press but don’t press the plunger just yet.
Fresh-ground coffee will “bloom,” forming a thick layer of grinds on top.
At 4 minutes, the coffee will be rich and flavorful, not too bitter.
5 – Press Down the Plunger
Hence the term “PRESS” .
Press the plunger down slowly and carefully.
Rotate the lid to open the pour-spout.
Hold down the lid as you pour.
Add other items to suit your personal tastes.. ie. Cream, Milk, sugar, sweet and low, honey.. you get the idea..