How to Brew Coffee using a French Press
A french press (sometimes called a press pot) used to be a very popular brewing method that has seemed to fallen out of fashion the last few years. The major disadvantage of this brewing method is that it does not use a paper filter so there will be some "silt" that ends up at the bottom of your mug. There are a few methods you can use to reduce this, some involve skimming the coffee of the top before plunging or plunging much slower. The French presses disadvantage also happens to be its advantage. The fact that it does not use a paper filter so the oils of the coffee end up in your mug and not in a paper filter. This gives the coffee more weight and less flavor transparency.
What you will need to brew a French Press
Steps to Brewing a Great Cup of Coffee with a French Press
Since there are many different sizes of french press pots on the market you will need to know how much water yours holds before you make your first pot
The biggest mistake people make when brewing coffee with the French press method is that they leave the coffee in contact with the water. The issue with this is that consequently the coffee continues to brew. You don’t want that! So we suggest to decant immediately, or if you use two spoons to skim the coffee off of the top of the French press (much like you do in a cupping) and plunge the rest, you would reduce the amount of over extraction on the coffee left over in the French press vessel.