Making a cup of coffee using the French press method requires a plunger-type coffee maker such as a Bodum, a thermometer, a scale, a simple timer and, first and foremost, freshly ground coffee.
Grind coffee beans to a rather coarse grind using beans roasted to your taste. We recommend using medium roast coffee beans, or even a lighter roast; this is entirely up to you and your taste buds. The suggested coffe-to-water ratio (in no way absolute) is ¼ ounce (7 gr) of coffee for 4 ounces of water (115 ml). With the plunger pulled out of the coffee maker, put the ground coffee in the bottom of the glass or stainless steel pot.
Boil water to 200 degrees F or 93 degrees C. If you don’t have a thermometer on hand, remove the water from the heat source as soon as it starts to simmer. Pour the water over the ground coffee resting at the bottom of the coffee maker, making sure to leave about one inch of free space at the top of the pot. Make sure that the coffee is completely submerged.
Wait one minute, then delicately stir the coffee. Place the plunger over the rim of the pot and push it down slightly in order to close the lid of the coffee maker. Wait an extra 3 minutes to allow the grinds to release their flavour; that means a total of 4 minutes, which is called the infusion stage. To obtain more acidity and a lighter brew, reduce the infusion time. On the other hand, if you prefer a more intense cup of coffee and more bitterness, let the coffee infuse up to 5 minutes.
Apply a gentle pressure on the plunger until the filter reaches the bottom of the pot. Pour the coffee in your favourite cup and enjoy!
Simplicity is good.