“The most complicated skill is to be simple.” -- Dejan Stojanovic
The French Press is as much a part of Portland coffee life as beards and tattoos. Restaurants, hotels, and coffeehouses throughout our city hold the beloved brew method as a common denominator between coffee lovers. It’s considered better than a drip pot, but not as intimidating as pour over. In a quick survey of the Coava family, most of our crew not only own a French Press, but also have worked in a coffee bar that exclusively used the method for their black coffee.
Long before the French Press became a part of our northwest culture, Attilio Calimani officially brought it to the world with a patent in 1929. Though it has undergone plenty of changes since then, the basic idea remains the same: saturate course ground coffee in hot water for a few minutes and then strain it through a filter to stop the extraction process. The key is in the simplicity.
To demonstrate brewing on the French Press, we chose the earthy and smooth Santa Sofia from El Salvador. By sticking close to the brew parameters below, we created a cup of coffee laced with a plum like acidity, floral aromatics, and a rich chocolate finish
4 Cup French Press
Dose: 40 grams
Grind: #8 (for finding your grind visit our post here)
Total Water: 600 grams
Yield: 540 grams or about 20 oz
One #coava250 gram bag yields 12 cups through a 4 cup French Press
- Preheat everything by pouring approximately 1.5 inches of hot water into your French Press. Insert the plunger and let sit while you accomplish step number two.
- Grind 40 grams of freshly roasted coffee a few notches coarser than a drip setting.
- Empty the hot water from the Press and add the freshly ground coffee to the Press.
- Start timer.
- Evenly pour water (just off of a boil) into your French Press. Quickly saturate as much of the coffee as possible and stop when the press is 1/3 full.
- When 45 seconds has passed, gently break up the top layer of grounds (the bloom) by topping off the French Press with more hot water. Stop approximately 1 inch from the top.
- Secure the lid on top of your French Press to retain as much heat as possible.
- At 4 minutes, press the coffee to the bottom.
- Pour coffee into mugs or a thermal container and enjoy.
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