How Coarse Should French Press Grinds Be?
Because a French press is an immersion brew method (meaning the coffee is completely submerged in water and stays in contact until the brewing is done), you want a very coarse and chunky grind size. The larger the surface area, the longer it takes for the water to extract the coffee out of the bean.
What is the proper water to grinds ratio for French press coffee?
In a French press, you want to be brewing at a ratio of four parts water to one part coffee. Pour the water over the grinds and let the coffee brew for four minutes. If you stir the coffee a few times you can speed the total brewing time up, but it’s not necessary to make a delicious French Press.
Can you burn coffee in a French press?
You can burn coffee and create an acrid brew if you use water that’s boiling. To ensure you’re using coffee at a perfect temperature, bring your water to a boil. Take it off the heat source and let it cool for 30 to 45 seconds. Your water should have cooled down to 205 degrees by then, which is in a perfect window to begin brewing.