French Press Brew Guide
French Press Brew Guide
French Press Brew Guide
French Press Brew Guide

French Press Brew Guide

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The French Press makes consistent immersion brewing easy. 

Featuring a borosilicate glass carafe, chrome-plated stainless steel legs, and zero filters to buy thanks to the multi-layered metal plunger, Bodum French Presses are perfect for many coffee lovers. Explore our Bodum selection at our Brew Gear page.

Recommended Brewing Parameters for the 12 fl oz "Blue Moon" + 34 fl oz "Chambord"

Brewing Volume: 12 fl or 34 fl oz

Coffee Brewing Ratio (Grounds:Poured Water): 1:15 - 1:14

Grind: Coarse

Brewing Time: 4 - 6 minutes

Brewing Temperature: Set Kettle to 205℉ 

Step-by-Step

1. Think about how much coffee you'd like to brew (~ 12 or 34 fl oz). The equivalent amount of Poured Water will be 300g or 900g. Begin heating this amount of water and just a little more, ideally in a BonaVITA Variable Temperature Kettle.

2. Divide your Poured Water number by 14 for a stronger cup and 15 for a weaker cup (or anywhere in-between the two Coffee Brewing Ratios) to figure out how much ground coffee you should use. Grind this amount of fresh, wholebean coffee coarsely (roughly the size of cracked black pepper). 

3. Place your French Press on a scale and tare to zero.

4. Weigh out your ground coffee dose into the French Press and re-tare to zero. When your kettle is at 205℉, you are ready to pour in two stages.

5. Start a timer and begin pouring until your French Press is half full.

6. Stir three times to mix the crust back into the water.

7. Resume pouring until you hit your pre-determined Poured Water weight, then place the plunger lid on top of the French Press (but don't plunge yet).

8. At 4 - 6 minutes, lift the plunger lid off and stir three more times. Reset the plunger on the French Press, then slowly and evenly plunge over 10 - 15 seconds. 

9. Decant by splitting the pours between cups in a 1, 2, 1, 2 style. This helps distribute the somewhat stratified brew evenly between the cups.

10. Smell and once it cools enough, taste the brew. Little Waves coffees should exhibit a nice sweetness (like honey, caramel, or ripe fruit), a moderately intense aroma, and medium-full body with a balanced mouthfeel. If the coffee tastes overly bitter, consider coarsening your grind one notch. If it tastes overly sour, consider fining your grind one notch. If it feels weak, consider using a slightly stronger Coffee Brewing Ratio. If the coffee feels strong, consider using a slightly weaker CBR (always within the 1:15 - 1:14 range).

11. Most importantly, enjoy your freshly brewed coffee!