Brewing French press coffee makes you feel like a barista in your own kitchen. It lets you create bold and beautiful flavors from your favorite beans and puts you in charge of your coffee experience. However, are you really getting the most out your coffee if you’re making these three mistakes when brewing with your French press?
- Not properly grinding the beans
When using a French press, your coffee beans should be course and evenly broken down. You don’t want them too fine or too bulky. If so, your coffee won’t come out how it’s supposed to. You can avoid this issue by grinding your own beans, so you have control over the finished product. You can test your beans consistency when pushing down on the French press; if the top goes down with no resistance or is too hard to push down, your beans didn’t get ground just right.
- Using too much or too little coffee
What makes or breaks your French press creation is the coffee to water balance. Generally, you want a 1 to 10 ratio – 1 gram of coffee for every 10 grams of water. While this may add a few extra minutes to your morning routine, you’ll end up with a better-balanced brew.
- Leaving your coffee in the press after it’s done
Letting your coffee sit in the French press means the coffee is still brewing, even if the process is technically “complete”. When you go to drink what’s been sitting for a while, the coffee will end up extra bitter. It’s best to make just the amount of coffee you plan to drink or immediately pour the leftover brew into a different container for you to drink later.
Finding ways to improve and better your coffee routine keeps your creations current and constantly improving for your drinking pleasure.