The Beginner’s Guide to Brewing with the French Press

The French Press, aka cafetière or coffee plunger, is probably one of the most popular coffee-brewing apparatus worldwide because it’s ubiquitous and terribly simple. So simple that some people describe it as boring, but hey, boring’s safe and reliable right?

So here’s what you’ll need

  • French Press
  • Hot water
    Approx. 385g of 95 degrees celcius. If you don’t have a way to check the temperature, bring the water to a complete boil then let it rest for 1 minute.
  • Freshly roasted coffee from Hook Coffee
    Approx. 25g of coarse grounded coffee. We can grind it for you if you’d like!
  • Mug/Cup

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Brew Method

  • Place 25g of the grounded coffee into the french press and slowly pour 385g of 95 degrees celsius water onto the coffee bed, ensuring you wet all the coffee grounds.
  • Let it steep for a total of 4 mins.

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  • After 4 minutes, place the cap on the french press and plunge down. This pushes the coffee grounds to the bottom of the cup, leaving you with only the good stuff up top.
    Pour the coffee into a mug and enjoy!
  • Important tip: Make sure to pour out immediately or your coffee will get too bitter.

Searching for the perfect cup

Brewing coffee to your liking is an ongoing journey of experiments and tweaks.
If your coffee is overtly bitter, it is likely your brew is over extracted. Try…

  • Using a coarser grind setting
  • Ensuring the water temperature is at the ideal 95 degrees celsius. The temperature may be too high.

If your coffee tastes bland or diluted, it is likely your brew is under extracted. Try…

  • Using a finer grind setting
  • Ensuring the water temperature is at the ideal 95 degrees celsius. The temperature may be too low.
  • Using freshly roasted and ground coffee (which won’t be a concern if you’re getting your coffee from us!)

Still not satisfied?

The best technique and equipment can’t make up for low-quality coffee beans. If you’re using beans bought from the supermarket or beans roasted months ago, maybe you should check us out here. We bring in some of the best beans from around the world, roasting the beans locally at our facility right before sending it to you.

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