Can you smell that delectable fresh roast coffee scent in the air? If you were a Folger’s filter person before, you’ll never be able to go back now. Coffee made in a French press is a whole different world. The preferred method of brewing in Europe, coffee connoisseurs the world over agree that this form of coffee brewing is superior. Also known as the plunger pot, the coffee press, or the press pot, French press brewing is also quickly becoming a favorite brewing method in the United States.

To brew coffee with a French press, you’ll need a glass cylinder, a fine mesh filter and fresh-ground coffee beans. The mesh filter serves to separate the hot water from the grounds. Here’s how to make an excellent cup of coffee this way:

1. Take the empty cylinder, sans filter and the cup you’ll be ultimately drinking out of and run them under warm tap water to heat them up.

2. Measure two tablespoons of ground coffee for each cup of water. For best results, use the best dark roasted beans you can find. The coffee needs to have been ground coarsely for this to work, since fine grounds will seep through the filter and might even clog it. 

3. Make sure the water you warmed the French press with has been fully dumped out and then pour the coffee grounds into it. 

4. Using the measurement guide above, boil the correct amount of water and add it to the French press on top of the coffee grounds, being sure all for at least an inch of space at the top. 

5. Now, take the filter/plunger and put it on top of the cylinder, sot that it forms a seal, but do NOT push the plunger down yet. Let the coffee steep for a few minutes first.

6. Once the coffee is ready, slowly press the plunger down with a nice even pressure. This prevents hot coffee from splashing out and also keeps the grounds under the filter, where they belong.

That’s all there is to it. The only thing left to do is enjoy your fresh-brewed cup of coffee! Add cream or sugar if you like, or savor it black if you prefer. Bon Apetit!

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