One of the most popular coffee brewing methods in Europe is the French Press Coffee. It is also known as the plunger pot, coffee press, or press-pot. This method of coffee brewing makes a wonderful cup of coffee and is spreading all across America.
This popular method uses a cylindrical glass carafe and a stainless steel mesh filter to separate the coffee grounds from the water. The grounds stay at the bottom and the strained coffee stays above the filter, ready to pour.
Here are a set of directions on how to make French Press Coffee:
1. Remove the plunger unit from the French Press. Warm the French Press and each cup with hot water if you wish. Be sure to discard the warming water before pouring the coffee.
2. For each four-ounce cup of coffee grind 2 T of whole bean coffee. Dark roasted, oily beans are traditionally used. Use only coarsely ground coffee as finely ground coffee may clog the filter and create high pressure.
3. Place the coffee in the bottom of the French Press. Be sure to discard the warming water if you used it.
4. Add hot, not boiling water to the pot. Leave a minimum of one inch at the top. Stir gently.
5. Place the plunger unit back on top of pot. Turn the lid to close off the pour spout opening. Do NOT press down at this point. Allow the coffee to brew for at least four minutes.
6. Hold the pot handle firmly with the spout turned away from you. Use the weight of your hand to apply slight pressure on top of the knob and lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces the best results. Do not use excessive force, which can cause scalding liquid to shoot out of the pot. Turn the lid open the pour spout and pour coffee.
If you enjoy a quality cup of coffee then you really should try a French press coffee at your local café or purchase one for home use.
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