French Press Demystified
There are so many ways to brew coffee. Old-school percolators (which actually deliver a great cup of coffee), automatic drip, single pour, single-serve, moka pots and espresso machines that can cost thousands of dollars. To me, that's a lot of money that would be far better spent on fresh, just-roasted coffee.
You see, in my opinion there is nothing better to deliver the truest essences and full flavors of fresh-roasted coffee than the French press.
The reason is simple: there is no filtration process. None. All of the natural oils that give your coffee its flavor stay in the brew and don't get filtered out.
And it's easy. Grind your coffee coarse, put it in the press and pour water that has cooled a few degrees off boiling directly onto it. Stir with a wooden spoon to get good contact between water and coffee. Let steep for 3-5 minutes, press and pour.
A common misconception about French press coffee is it's really strong. Not necessarily so. It can be. But remember: French press is a brewing method and, in many ways, it is the method that gives you, the home barista, the most control. This morning, I'm enjoying a cup of Chuck's Roast Rare, brewed in a press for just under 3 minutes. It is light, bright and yet full of rich, nutty undertones. It isn't thick or chewy. It could be - with a darker roast and a finer grind. But the press allows me to have total control on the coffee I want.
For more information, check out this short article by Mark Ramos.
There's not much to a French press. You can get a very serviceable model that will last you for years for $25. Since there are no filters, the press is a green and sustainable option. If you don't have one, why not give French press a whirl.