Wondering how to make better coffee in a French press? Technique and tips, plus the science behind why this brewing method is a bit different from the rest.
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Several years ago the folks at Dogfish Head created a device called Randall the Enamel Animal. It connects a keg faucet to a canister holding fresh hop cones. When the keg was attached to the Randall, the beer was pushed through the cones as it was poured, adding an intensely fresh hop aroma. These days, breweries and craft beer bars employ Randalls to infuse not just hops, but also fruits, spices, and coffee beans into their beers. Want to try it at home? All you needs is a French press.
Whether you're new or old to this kind of brewing, you may know that traditional French press brewing methods have lingered for years around the 3 to 4 minute infusion mark. Yet even this old guard of coffee preparation is not immune to new trends and thinking.
So you've been making coffee at home for years, months, or weeks, and you've noticed that your brewing equipment could be, shall we say...a little less grimy than you'd care to admit. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your home brewing equipment is essential to both the longevity of the brewers and the continued great flavor of each cup you make at home. But as with many things coffee, there's a right way to do things—and a not-so-right way. Here's a quick breakdown on how to get the most out of your cleaning routine.
Can it be that the French press was actually invented by—sacrebleu!—an Italian? Today, we'll investigate the origins of this user-friendly coffee brewer.
The recent hand-brewed coffee renaissance has, without a doubt, transformed the potential we see in making coffee at home—or anywhere. But one method of brewing that's fallen by the wayside is the French press, that familiar, rich and silty mode of brewing whose popularity has somewhat plunged. Can't French press catch a break? If the real question is taste, the people at Espro, a Canadian coffee equipment manufacturer, have reinvented the classic device with a sexy, double-filtered twist that focuses on just that.
A little advance planning—and some quick cheats to set yourself up to win—can ensure your post-Thanksgiving (or post-any) feast ends on a high note.
You've got freshly ground coffee brewing in your French press, your timer ticking the seconds away until that precious four-minute mark. You're mere moments away from enjoying the first cup of the morning when—uh oh—the plunger won't depress. What's going on? Here's how to avoid a shattered French Press, and why it happens in the first place.
Editor's note: Longtime Serious Eats contributor Allison Hemler knows her coffee, having spent two years as a barista and more than five in the service industry. She'll be joining us each week with Coffee Chronicles, taking a look at the...