Steps for using a French press
1. Rinse the French Press Coffee Pot with hot water.
2. Put the ground coffee into the French Press Coffee Pot. Start with 2 level tablespoons per 6oz water - as you gain experience you can put more or less depending on your taste.
3. Pour in just enough hot water to cover the grounds and stir it gently with chopsticks or with wooden spoon. The coffee will start to bloom (create a foam).
4. Pour in the rest of the water filling the French Press Coffee Pot to the desired level. Stir again.
5. Put the plunger back into the French Press Coffee Pot leaving the filter at the top of the French Press Coffee Pot.
6. Let the coffee brew for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Stir again.
8. Now press the filter down gently making sure that the plunger rod is kept straight. It should take about 20 - 30s to press the filter all the way down.
9. Pour the coffee into cups. Hold the top of the plunger while pouring out the coffee.
10. Leave the coffee stand in the cup for a minute or so. That allows any remaining sediment to settle.
Here are some tips for making a perfect cup of coffee with your French press
* Use good quality water. If your tap water does not taste well, you might want to filter it or use bottled water.
* The optimal temperature for brewing coffee is between 195°F and 205°F. If you don't have a thermometer then boil the water and then leave it stand for about 30 seconds.
* Use high quality freshly roasted coffee beans.
* Use coarsely ground coffee. It is best if you grind it yourself while you boil the water.
* It is important that the coffee is ground evenly. So you should use a good conical burr grinder. If you use blade grinder there will be a lot of small particles that will not be filtered out and the coffee will have a lot of sediment.
* Once the coffee finished brewing, don't leave it in the French Press Coffee Pot. If you leave it in contact with the grounds for too long then the brewing will carry on and the coffee may become bitter.
* Clean the French Press Coffee Pot thoroughly after each use. If you allow the coffee oils and sediment to build up it will add bitter taste to your coffee.
* Follow the coffee press safety precautions.