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HOW WE BREW: FRENCH PRESS

HOW WE BREW: FRENCH PRESS

Here with another at-home brew guide, we’re showing you the Madcap method for brewing with a French press. If you’re looking to brew a fuller, heavier bodied drink, we recommend using the French press. If you want a cleaner cup at the end, just leave a little of the liquid in the press when you decant the coffee at the end.

Some benefits of using a French press are that you can easily use any type of kettle and the steps are pretty streamlined, making it simple to brew a delicious cup.

coffee grinds

FRENCH PRESS YIELDS AROUND 2 CUPS

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Coffee
French press
Decanter (recommended)
2 spoons
Kettle
Scale

PREP:

Coffee Dose: 44g
Water: 710g @ 205
Grind Size: coarse
Brew Time: 5 minutes
Breaking the crust on the French press coffee brew

FRENCH PRESS BREWING RECIPE:

1. Weigh out coffee beans and grind
2. Put grounds into French press
3. Shake to level and tare scale
4. Start timer at beginning of pour
5. Aggressively pour in all 710g of water
6. Place lid on French press to retain heat (but do NOT plunge)
7. At 4:00 minutes, break the crust and skim the surface to remove the top layer of floating grounds
8. Let the brewed coffee settle for 30 seconds
9. At 5:00 minutes, slowly plunge for 20-30 seconds
10. Pour the brew into a decanter to prevent continued extraction
Decanting a French press into a server

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS WHEN BREWING WITH A FRENCH PRESS:

  • Use filtered water. Water is the main ingredient in brewed coffee. We recommend distilled water with Third Wave Water added.
  • Grind right before use. A burr grinder will give you the most even results.
Cheersing coffee after learning how to brew with a French press
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