Solve Crappy Office Coffee: Learn How to Use a French Press
By Melissa Schneider September 24, 2013 No Comments
Coffee at work is almost always bad, right? I don’t know which evil office conspirators colluded in this life situation, but from K-cups to Folgers, office coffee trends toward the terrible. The solution to bad work coffee is simple: learn how to use a French Press.
The French Press method is one of the cheapest ways to make coffee, one of the most delicious, and one of the simplest. What more could you want?
If you can boil water, you can enjoy wonderful coffee at your desk any day of the week. Follow these steps to master the art of the French Press at work.
- Pick good coffee. Consider Tyler’s Acid-Free Coffee for a bold South American flavor that won’t hurt your stomach.
- Grind it properly: You can’t use pre-ground stuff in the French Press, because the Press requires a very coarse grind, while drip coffee makers require a medium grind. In a home grinder, pulse the beans for just 10 seconds and check–they should look like pencil numbs, not dust. For best results, just bring your beans to the supermarket and set their commercial grinder to “French Press” (usually the highest setting.)
- Get your ratio on: The brewing ratio (ratio of coffee grounds to water) is an important part of good French press coffee. It’s so critical that many aficionados go so far as to weigh the coffee grounds and water! Try 70 grams of grounds per liter of water, or about 1/4 cup grounds per 4-1/4 cups water.
- Boil Water: Fill a tea kettle with this pre-measured water and bring to a boil.
- Remove the plunger from your French press.
- Drop the pre-measured ground coffee into the bottom of the press.
- Let the water sit for 30 seconds after boiled. Then pour your off-the-boil water over the coffee grounds.
- Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes — no more, no less.
- While it steeps, leave the plunger on the counter. This will help the coffee “bloom” as much as possible.
- After 4 minutes of steeping, use a large spoon to skim any stray grounds from the top of the carafe.
- Fit the plunger back on top and slowly depress it, keeping the lid in place with your other hand, to separate the grounds from the extracted coffee. Don’t splash yourself!
- Pour your coffee and enjoy!
- Tinker. Three variables affect the taste and strength of French press coffee: grind size, brewing ratio, and brewing time. So, if you use the same grind size and brewing time every time, you can easily adjust the taste by tweaking the brewing ratio to your liking.
Rock your at-work French Press-ing in style with Tyler’s Acid-Free Coffee. Ships anywhere in the US! A great gift for people with sensitive teeth or stomachs who still love great coffee. In fact, Tyler’s is the only acid-free coffee in the world! (Read more.)
How do you handle coffee at work? Leave a comment and tell us!