Brewing Methods: The French Press

In this edition of Brewing Methods, we will go over the French Press. The French Press involves having a large bleaker with a plunger inside. The plunger contains a filter. Coffee is combined with water then plunged downward to separate the coffee grounds from the mixture. The French Press is very similar to the aeropress in that you can control your water temperature and brew time, but differs in that the grind of the coffee is much more coarse so that grinds do not seep through. This allows you to extract more of the natural oils and flavors, without the need of a paper filter, which can often affect flavor. The general seep time is about 4 minutes, but that all depends on how you like your cup of brew. If you really want to get picky with it, the speed and pressure with which you plunge are factors that can influence the extraction process. With a french press you can brew a single serving or up to 4 or five cups depending on the size of the press. The french press is relatively easy to use, and allows you to get the most out of your coffee as far as specific (often hidden) notes of flavor. A French press can range from twenty dollars to fifty dollars depending on brand, size, material and design. They are easy to travel with, but do not disassemble like an aeropress. If you are looking to take your coffee brewing to the next level, I highly recommend adding a french press to your brewing collection. You can usually find them at your local retail or coffee shop or you can visit for your best coffee maker!