French Press

Coffee aficionados believe the French press provides one of the most unique brewing methods. Such esteem is attributable to the fact that the coffee mingles directly with the water, thereby drawing out the oils and sediments from the grinds. The result is a richly flavored coffee that is generally stronger, more full-bodied, and more aromatic that one brewed via alternative methods.

A French press works best with coffee of a coarser grind than does a drip brew coffee filter. Finer grounds, when immersed in water, have lower permeability, requiring an excessive amount of force to be applied by hand to lower the plunger and are more likely to seep through or around the perimeter of the press filter and into the coffee. Coffee is brewed by placing the ground coffee in the empty beaker and adding hot (93-96 degrees Celsius, 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit) water, in proportions of about 30 grams (1 ounce) of coffee grounds to 500 ml (15 fluid ounces) of water, more or less to taste. The brewing time is about two to four minutes. The plunger is pressed to separate the grounds and hold them at the bottom of the beaker. If the brewed coffee is allowed to remain in the beaker with the used grounds, the coffee may become astringent and bitter, though this is an effect that some users of the French press consider desirable. It is believed that the optimum time for brewing the coffee is around 4 minutes. Some consider the coffee spoiled after about 20 minutes. Other approaches, such as cold-brewing, require several hours of contact between the water and the grounds to achieve the desired extraction.

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Bodum Chambord 4-Cup French Press Coffee Maker
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