In modern times, there are dozens of different high-tech coffee makers that make a hot drink quickly. While these methods may be convenient, they do not produce the same results as some of the manual brewing options.
One particularly popular manual brewing method is a French Press. A French Press is a handheld coffee maker that produces a fresh cup of coffee that is full of flavour.
To get the most out of your French Press, you need to use a specific type of coffee ground. If you typically grab a bag of pre-ground coffee at the store, you may not be aware of other grind options. Here is a list of the top rated 5 French Presses in the UK.
Understanding French Press Pre-Ground Coffee
Most pre-ground coffee is fine or medium ground. However, you need very coarse ground coffee to get the best results from a French Press. Coarse ground coffee is best for a number of different reasons.
The primary reason is because it works better with the filter of a French Press. Finely ground coffee can seep through mesh filters, even if the filters are high-quality. This can produce a cup of coffee that has residue in it.
While some people do not mind this, it often impacts the flavor and texture in a negative way. Personally I hate when you are on your final sip and you get a mouth full of grainy sand lurking at the bottom of your cup or mug.
Many coffee enthusiasts state that coarse ground coffee produces a better flavor in a French Press. While this may be a matter of preference, it seems to be the majority opinion. If you frequent coffee blogs or do some research, you will see coffee drinkers who mention their preference for coarse ground coffee.
To get the best flavor when using your French Press, do not purchase pre-ground coffee.
Grind Your Own Coarse Grind at Home
Purchase whole coffee beans and grind them with an electric or manual grinder. Many of the better style coffee shops have grinders that you can use for this purpose. Ask them to select the "coarse" setting on the electric grinder; it may have a small icon of a French Press on it.
Most good coffee shops will know what thickness of grain to go for but it does no harm to check in case the assistant there is new to the job.
If you would prefer to grind your coffee at home, this is also very beneficial. It allows you to have extremely fresh coffee each morning. Make sure that you own or purchase a grinder that has a coarse setting on it. It is also important to clean the grinds from your grinder after each use.
The video below shows you how to grind coffee beans for a French Press.
Additionally, the French Press is very simple for anyone to use. You pour your coarse ground coffee grinds into the pitcher of the French Press, and then you boil water on the stove in a kettle. Pour the water over the grounds, let it set for four minutes, stir the water and grinds, and press down on the French Press plunger.
Then you have a fresh pot of hot coffee. If you would like the full details on how to make the perfect pot of French Press coffee, then please click here.
Overall, coarse ground coffee seems to be the best option for a French Press. Coarse grinds will not seep through the mesh filter, so you can rest assured your coffee is smooth.
Additionally, fresh coarse coffee grounds produce a high-quality flavor. Keep this information in mind if you are considering using a French Press.