Ever since the late 1950’s, the French press has been touted as one of the best ways to get a flavorful cup of coffee. The French press uses a steel mesh filter, as opposed to a paper one, which allows the oils found naturally in coffee to pass through, giving the cup a more pronounced flavor. The different French presses may vary in style and materials used in construction, but nearly all have the same three basic parts: a steel mesh filter attached to a plunger, a cover, and a body chamber.
To make 16 ounces of coffee with a French press, start out by grinding 4-5 tablespoons of your favorite coffee beans on a very coarse setting, and set some water to boil in a kettle. When the water has become hot, add some water to the French press and the cups to pre heat them, which will make your coffee stay hot longer. Put 16 ounces of fresh filtered water into a kettle and let it heat up until the temperature reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour hot water out of the now warm French press and add the ground coffee. Once the water has come to the proper temperature, slowly pour it into the French press, affix the plunger lid and set a timer for 4 minutes. When the 4 minutes are up, depress the plunger and quickly pour your coffee into the preheated mugs or a preheated carafe. The coffee will continue to brew if left in the press with the grounds.
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