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A BENCH PRESS is the ultimate no-nonsense way to produce incredible results in the gym.
A French press is the ultimate no-nonsense way to produce incredible results anywhere you like.
A clear advantage I'm sure you'll agree.
As with any press you can think of (bench, French, trench, wrench or otherwise) perfect form and technique is essential.
Our Five Minute Masterclass on French press coffee brewing will ensure your technique never fails you at the critical moment.
Get your hands on some good coffee.
Use 2.6oz (75g) of it to 34floz (1l) water in a Gator brewer. Stick to the same ratio of water to coffee if your brewer is a different size.
A local roaster is the ideal place to check first. It'll be fresh and they'll be able to recommend something well-suited to French press brewing. Grind it at home if you can.
Failing that, get it pre-ground from the supermarket. It won't be as good but we don't live in an ideal world and some coffee is better than no coffee.
You'll also need water (try bottled or distilled for optimum results), a kettle (we can help with that) and of course, a French press (we can definitely help with that).
If you like it hot, warm your brewer and cups by filling them with hot water first. You can pour it away once you're ready to brew.
A fine to medium grind is best for French press. Too small and the grounds will slip through the filter into the cup (horrible). Too big and the coffee will come out weak and watery (also horrible). The better the grinder, the more likely the grounds will all be a uniform size and the more balanced your coffee will taste.
Something magical happens to coffee when you brew it with water at 205°f (96°c). Aim for that if you can.
If you can't be certain then water just off the boil from a kettle will do it.
Put the coffee in the press, pour in the water, give it a good stir and put the lid on.
After 4 minutes give it another good stir then spoon off any grounds that stay on the surface (they've done their job at this point).
If you're using a regular glass French press you can plunge and pour at this point.
If you're using a Gator press then you've got the option to continue the brew a bit longer. You'll get extra flavor benefits and don't need to worry about the coffee getting cold because of the double-wall insulation.
After another 5 minutes you've got two options:
1. The standard satisfying plunge
2. Partial plunge
Option 2 has the benefit of not stirring up the sediment so you'll find it less silty. Just press the plunger until you feel it touch the surface then leave the lid on and pour the coffee out through the filter.
That's it, folks. You're now a French press coffee master. Enjoy.
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