The world has changed very much in terms of its tastes for coffee and the days of instant coffee are almost over. These days we have a much higher level of expectation for the coffee which we make at home. The reason for this change is thanks to the cafes on our streets which offer a huge range of high class and complicated coffees which many of us have sought to replicate in the comfort of our own home.
One of the most popular items for coffee lovers in recent years has been the French press and today we are going to take a look at what it is and how to make the most out of a French press coffee maker.
How it Works?
The basic premise of the French press is a jig where you first place coarsely ground beans before adding hot water. Once the mixture has blended together and most of the coffee granules have been sacked up by the water, you push down at the top of the press which forces the water up, and the existing grains of coffee down, and though a filter. The result of this process is a clean and rich cup of coffee which is free from any grit.
Why Use It?
The short answer to why you should use a French press is because it makes the best coffee in the home that you can find. The reasons for this are that it uses a filter which offers clean results unlike paper filters which can absorb oils and flavorings that will then drip through the coffee. Using a French press also gives you the chance to brew your coffee to the flavor you want, unlike machines or instant coffee.
What Kind of Coffee?
The kind of coffee which you use with your French press is entirely up to you and depends on what kind of taste you are after. It should be noted however that your beans should only be coarsely ground in order to get the very most out of the flavor. When you grind the beans down to much, the heat of the grinder can remove much of the coffee’s flavor, and the result will be a weaker coffee than you are looking for. If you are going to buy coffee which has been ground already, ensure that you opt for the coarsely ground variety, you will find that most coffees are available in finely and coarsely ground varieties.
If you are a coffee lover then you will only need to try a French press once to understand just how much better the flavor is than through a percolator or the instant varieties. The taste is far richer and purer, the smell which is emitted from the press is mouth watering and the process of making coffee in this way is actually far easier than you may think. The only way to get the finest coffee in your own home, is through using a French press.