How to: French Press


A Spot of History

Right about now you are probably thinking that the French Press must be French right? Well we are here to tell you that, that is not quite the case.

Even though French and Italian people have fought over this same topic for years, the first patent found so far it is one dating back to 1928 by Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta back in Italy. Their invention consisted of a vessel that could contain water where a substance such as coffee could be infused, a slidable filter that would fit in a way that kept coffee at the bottom of the vessel only letting the water infusion through to be poured and drank as delicious coffee. 

As the years passed many other patents were registered with several modifications made to the original patent, the idea was similar but the materials and design used would always change. Even nowadays we can see many different types of French Press available in the market, however, they all still follow the same principle that it did almost 100 years ago.

What Does Coffee Brewed in a French Press Taste Like?

The French Press produces fuller body cups with more texture compared to other filter brewing methods due to more oils found in the final brew. This full immersion brewing method really allows you to control all of the different variables, from the brew time to the temperature to the grind size, it all depends on your personal preference! On the other hand, if you do not enjoy sandy mouthfeel this may not be the best brewing method for you.

Okay now that you have begun learning more about the wonderful world of The French Press let’s actually teach you how to brew one yourself!

Sippy’s French Press Recipe 

Step 1

  • Grind your coffee - The aim here is to get the coffee coarse, granules size rather than sand-like as if the grind is too fine the coffee will end up being over extracted.
  • We recommend using a ratio of 1:15 - 15 grams of ground coffee per every 225 grams of water, you can always play with the ratio depending on your own preference.

Step 2

  • Boil your water - Add some to the French Press to preheat the surface before adding your ground coffee beans. 

Step 3

  • Add the water - Slowly pour making sure to saturate all of the coffee beans. 

Step 4

  • Wait tight - Once all of the grounds begin to settle at the bottom remove the ones floating at the top with one of two spoons in a circular motion without unsettling the rest of the grounds.

Step 5

  • Don’t plunge yet! - Let it steep for 4 minutes or longer depending on how strong you want your cup to be.
Step 6
  • Plunge - Plunge halfway down and pour into your favourite cup, Enjoy!

Happy brewing! You have now graduated from The Sippy University as a French Press expert.

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