There are many ways to make coffee. Some bad, some great. Some, for whatever reason, are clouded in mystery. They have an aura that the common man is not capable of attempting such a feat in his humble domicile.
Maybe it’s the word “french” that instills an air of unapproachability. For whatever reason, the french press is seen as too complicated… or too slow… or too… something.
We’d like to put an end to that.
In reality, the french press is one of the easiest, least expensive, fastest and best ways to make great coffee at home or even in your office.
Set your grinder to a very corse grind. On our Baratza Virtuoso grinder we use a setting of 30.
For the 8 cup press we use 54 grams of coffee (Yeah, we’re that particular). If you’re not using a scale use about 9-10 tablespoons of coffee (that means actual tablespoons – with a tablespoon measure – not soup spoons).
ust off a boil – 202 degrees F. If you don’t have a thermometer, bring the pot to a boil, remove from heat and then let it sit for 30 seconds. For the 8 cup press we use 725 grams of water.
This is the most difficult part. Wait 4 minutes.
James Hoffman is one of our favorite YouTube coffee people and here's his french press coffee method.