How to Make French Press Coffee (and Why You Should Start)

The French Press is one of the best and easiest coffee making tools you can own. If you're currently using coffee pods or a traditional coffee maker, you MUST read this, especially if you fancy yourself a coffee lover. 

How It Works

Despite the fact that it may look intimidating at first glance, the French Press is remarkably easy to use and one of our favorite ways to brew coffee. All you need is coffee, hot water, and maybe a little more time to brew than you're used to. Here's what you do:

  1. Heat water on a stove top until simmering or in the microwave for 2.5-3 minutes on high. If you have a tea kettle or electric kettle, that will work just fine.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of NeuRoast Classic to the NeuRoast French Press
  3. After the water has been heated, add it to the French Press and let the ground steep for 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Press the plunger down to the bottom to filter out the grounds.
  5. Pour and serve.

Optionally, you can add a little hot water (1-2 ounces) first, then the grounds, and then the rest of the hot water to steep. To clean your French Press, simply remove the plunger from the pot, pour out the grounds, and rinse both with water and a drop of detergent.

Why French Press?

We enjoy using a French Press for a few reasons:

  • Full extraction of the grounds' flavor.
  • Less plastic in the brewing process.
  • The coffee gets aerated making it less bitter and more balanced.

Full Extraction of the Ground's Flavor

When you make a k-cup or brew coffee with a traditional coffee maker, the coffee is steeped very briefly for the sake of convenience. It may only take a few minutes to brew a pot of coffee at home and generally less than a minute for a k-cup. 

With a French Press, the grounds are steeped for several minutes allowing for a more full-bodied, robust cup of coffee. Think of the steeping time as meditative minutes. Five more minutes per day that you get for yourself.

Less Plastic

Think about the amount of plastic that's being touched by hot water by the time you have a cup of coffee, if you brew coffee pods or with a traditional coffee maker. With coffee pods, water is heated inside of a plastic machine, then it runs through more plastic before flowing through a plastic pod filled with coffee and finally into your cup.

With a traditional coffee maker, water is heated in a plastic machine, then runs through more plastic before brewing your coffee in a plastic basket and then finally into a pot. 

With a French Press, you have far more control over the purity and flavor of your coffee from start to finish. 

French Press Aerates Coffee

Like swirling wine in a glass aerates the wine to make it less bitter, the French Press uses pressure to aerate your coffee and makes it more smooth and less bitter. The result is a perfect cup of coffee worth the extra few minutes.

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