Unlock the maximum flavor of your brew when you use a French press. A French press coffee gives you the aromatic and flavorful oils that can make a good cup of coffee, great.
In a nutshell, yes, French press coffee is stronger than regular pour-over coffee because of the mesh filter mechanism that allows maximum flavor. Also, it requires a longer brewing time because of the coarse grind and later needing to press it compactly.
Many people think that if they don't use filtered water or the water temperature at the beginning of brewing was not hot enough or too cold it causes a sour-tasting drink, but in fact, it all comes down to the short brew time.
You may not have thought about it or even considered using your French press for anything other than brewing coffee, and while a brew is always welcomed, you can maximize the efficiency and efficacy of owning a French press.
You never want to wash a French press with hot water followed immediately by cold water to get rid of the soap studs, this only results in a cracked, or worse shattered, French press canister when it could easily have been prevented.
Like other coffee makers, the unit should be cleaned after every use, and with a French press, it is recommended to do a deep clean once a week (if you are a regular or daily coffee drinker) to rid the vessel of built-up oils or residue that can leave a rancid taste on the glass.
Begin cleaning your pot by loosening the compacted coffee grounds at the bottom with a wooden spoon or plastic utensil. A wooden spoon won't scratch your press pot or crack the glass.
With the filter and plunger still connected rinse out any leftover coffee with water. Add a degreasing dishwashing liquid and fill the vessel halfway with water. Pump the plunger a few times to clean from top to bottom and to create suds to break down fats and oils.
Empty the water and rinse clean with hot water. Separate the pieces, rinse individually if there are still soap suds, and leave to air dry on the counter.
Or if you want to use it straight away, use a micro-fiber cloth (lint-free) to dry each part. It is now ready to use for your next cup of great-tasting coffee.
Most French coffee makers are dishwasher safe, but always read the packaging and manufacturer's instructions to be safe.
From coffee selection to brewing techniques, uncover the secrets behind a rich and flavorful French Press experience.