French Press Coffee: The Timeless Classic

French Press Coffee: The Timeless Classic

Are you tired of the same old filtered coffee day in and day out? Looking for a way to add some excitement and depth of flavour to your daily coffee routine? Look no further than French press coffee.

What is French press coffee?

French press coffee, also known as a press pot or plunger pot, is a type of coffee brewing method that has been around since the early 1900s. The process involves steeping coarse coffee grounds in hot water and then separating the coffee from the water by pressing a plunger through a mesh screen. This results in a full-bodied, rich, and flavourful cup of coffee that is unlike anything you’ve tasted before.


The History of French Press Coffee


The French press coffee maker was invented by a French designer named Attilio Calimani in 1929. However, the concept of a press pot has been around for centuries, dating back to the 17th century. French press coffee gained popularity in France in the early 1900s and quickly spread to the rest of Europe and eventually, the world. Today, French press coffee is a staple in coffee shops and homes all over the world, and for good reason.


The 4 Minute Method


To make French press coffee, you will need a French press coffee maker, coarse coffee grounds, and hot water. Start by adding the coffee grounds to the French press and then add the hot water. Let the coffee steep for one minute and then gently stir the coffee. After another three minutes have passed, press the plunger down to separate the coffee from the water. Your delicious French press coffee is now ready to be enjoyed.


Breaking the Crust


One of the unique aspects of French press coffee is the “crust” that forms on top of the coffee. This is a layer of coffee grounds that float to the surface of the water during the brewing process. While some people may see the crust as a negative aspect of French press coffee, it actually plays an important role in the flavour and aroma of the final brew.

The crust is formed when the coffee grounds and hot water are first combined. As the water steeps with the coffee, gases are released, causing the coffee grounds to float to the surface. This floating layer of grounds helps to trap the aroma and flavours of the coffee, resulting in a rich and full-bodied cup of coffee. That's why, after the first minute of steeping, we gently break the crust and stir the grinds back into the emersion. This helps to ensure that all of the coffee grounds are evenly steeped and contributes to a balanced flavour in the final brew.


Emersion vs Filtered Brew Methods


French press coffee is different from filtered brew methods like drip coffee and pour over. Filtered brew methods rely on a paper or cloth filter to separate the coffee grounds from the water. This results in a clean, clear cup of coffee with a lighter body and less flavour.

In contrast, French press coffee allows the coffee grounds to remain in contact with the water throughout the brewing process. This results in a full-bodied and flavourful cup of coffee with a rich, velvety texture. French press coffee is often described as having a bold and earthy flavour, with hints of chocolate and nuttiness.


Why Choose French Press Coffee?


So, why should you choose French press coffee over filtered brew methods? For starters, French press coffee is simple and easy to make. All you need is a French press, coffee grounds, and hot water. It’s also a great option for coffee lovers who want to experiment with different brewing methods and find the perfect cup of coffee for their tastes.

So, now that you know the ins and outs of French press coffee, it’s time to start brewing! A French press is an investment in your coffee-drinking experience and there are a variety of options available to suit your needs. You can find French presses made from a range of materials, including glass, stainless steel, and ceramic. A stainless steel press is especially great for those who like to take their coffee on the go as it’s durable and easy to clean.

If you’re looking for a new French press or some delicious coffee to brew, look no further than 2% Jazz Coffee. Our coffee is masterfully crafted and roasted with love, ensuring that you get the best possible flavor with every sip. Plus, when you purchase from 2% Jazz, you’re supporting a company that believes in ethical sourcing and paying their employees a living wage. So, not only are you getting great coffee, you’re also supporting your local community.

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So, what are you waiting for? Get your French press and some delicious coffee today, and start brewing your best cup yet!

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