French Press Method
A Few Words about the French PRess
- French Press has been used worldwide for a very long time. The reason people like this brew method is because it is almost a "fool proof" way of brewing coffee. You grind the coffee, put it in the brewer, fill it up with hot water, press the plunger down, and voila! You have coffee. But it does present one potential "problem".
- The french press uses a metal filter. Metal filters do not filter out coffee fines and oils so when you plunge the coffee in a french press, a lot slips through. This creates sludge at the bottom of your cup. If you use a french press, wait till your at the bottom of your cup and you will see what I mean.
- A lot of coffee professionals have tried to alleviate this. James Hoffmann is one of the main ones that everyone points to (I will provide a link to that video if you are curious). My one issue with his method is it takes almost 10 minutes to brew. If you have that kind of time and patience, great! His method does really work and provides a great cup of coffee with the French Press, but we wanted to create a recipe that doesn't take that much time and doesn't take that much added effort.
- Our method that we have come up with after countless times of experimentation involves using a cloth filter (Link for these below!) that almost brews as a tea would in hot water. With some agitation with the plunger, this creates a full bodied cup, bright notes in the cup, absolutely no sludge, and the cleanup is so simple. No mess french press you could say!
- Yes, the allure of a french press is no added filters or gadgets, but think of it in terms of any other brew method. A V60 needs custom filters, a Mr. Coffee brewer needs certain filters, a Chemex needs filters. This is just basically a french press filter. It seriously is worth the added purchase. You get 100 filters for around $12.
- We hope you enjoy our version of french press brewing!