French Press

French Press Brewing Guide for First Principle Coffee

Experience the true essence of Indian coffee beans with this step-by-step guide on how to brew your First Principle Coffee using a French Press.

What You'll Need:

  • Freshly Roasted First Principle Coffee beans
  • A burr grinder
  • A French press
  • A digital scale (optional, but recommended for precision)
  • Clean, filtered water
  • A kettle
  • A long spoon or stirrer
  • A timer

Step 1: Measure Your Coffee and Water

For the French press method, we suggest a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:15. That means for every 1 gram of coffee, you'll need 15 grams of water. Here's a simple breakdown for different brew sizes:

  • For a 3-cup French press, use 20 grams of coffee and 300 grams (300 ml) of water.
  • For a 4-cup French press, use 27 grams of coffee and 400 grams (400 ml) of water.
  • For an 8-cup French press, use 54 grams of coffee and 800 grams (800 ml) of water.

The above measurements can vary according to personal preference, but these provide a good starting point for balanced, full-bodied coffee.

Step 2: Heat Your Water

Heat your filtered water in a kettle until it reaches a temperature of about 200°F (93°C). If your kettle doesn't have a temperature gauge, bring the water to a boil and then let it sit for a minute off the heat to achieve approximately the right temperature.

Step 3: Grind Your Coffee

The French press requires a coarse grind. Your coffee grounds should have a consistency similar to coarse sea salt. If you have a burr grinder, adjust your grinder to a coarse setting. Grind your First Principle Coffee beans just before brewing to ensure maximum freshness.

Step 4: Preheat Your French Press

To maintain the optimal brewing temperature, rinse your French press with hot water. This preheats the vessel. Discard the hot water before proceeding to the next step.

Step 5: Add Your Coffee

Place your French press on the scale and tare it to zero. Add the ground coffee to the French press, making sure to record the weight to adhere to your desired coffee-to-water ratio.

Step 6: Start Your Brew

Start your timer and pour half of the heated water onto your coffee grounds, ensuring all are saturated. Stir the mixture gently with a spoon to ensure even extraction. Let it bloom for about 30 seconds. The coffee will expand and bubble a bit, releasing its delightful aromatics.

Step 7: Add the Rest of the Water

Pour in the remaining water until you reach the desired weight/volume according to your ratio. Stir again gently to mix.

Step 8: Steep the Coffee

Place the lid on the French press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes. This duration can be adjusted to taste, but 4 minutes is a good starting point for balanced extraction.

Step 9: Plunge

After 4 minutes, gently push down the plunger until it rests just above the coffee grounds. This should be done with minimal pressure.

Step 10: Serve Immediately

Pour your brewed First Principle Coffee into a cup immediately to prevent over-extraction. Any leftover coffee should be transferred to a carafe or thermos to maintain its temperature and flavor.

Enjoy the rich, full-bodied and robust flavor of your First Principle Coffee brewed with love and precision. Remember, the perfect cup of coffee is one that tastes best to you, so feel free to adjust the steps to your preference. Brewing is an art, so don't be afraid to experiment until you find your perfect balance.

Whether you’re new to brewing or a seasoned connoisseur, we hope this guide elevates your coffee experience with First Principle Coffee. Cheers to many delightful brewing moments!