The French press is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to brew fantastic coffee at home. All you need is some freshly roasted Crosby Coffee, preferably whole bean – in which case you’ll need a grinder, a French press, a kettle, a timer, and a deserving mug! We recommend either our Colombian La Primavera or our signature Iron Men Crosby blend for this brew.
- Grind your coffee to a medium coarse grind. After making a few cafetieres you can experiment with the grind, if your coffee tastes too strong or bitter you’re most likely grinding too fine, if it tastes a little weak and watery you are grinding too coarse. We recommend starting with a 1:10 coffee-to-water ratio. If you're using 350 grams of water, you’ll want 35 grams of coffee, although you can experiment with the quantity depending on strength preference.
- Put the kettle on, switch it off just as it reaches a gentle boil, around 95 degrees is the perfect temperature and pour a little water into your French press to pre heat it, give it a quick dry and tip your freshly ground coffee in.
- Pre-infuse your coffee by pouring just enough water to cover your grounds, giving them a quick stir and start your timer, this allows the gasses produced by the coffee to be released, you may see bubbles rise and burst, this should take 20-30 seconds.
- Brew! After 20-30 seconds pour the rest of the water in, give it a gentle stir and put the plunger on, wait a further 3 and a half minutes then press the plunger down. This process is another way of testing your grind, if the plunger presses without any resistance, your grind may be a little coarse, if you have a difficult time pushing, your grind is probably too fine.
When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately. Don’t let it sit, as this will cause it to continue brewing and over-extract. Leaving coffee to sit in your French press = bad. Sitting yourself on the sofa and drinking your fresh coffee = good.