HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE
of coffee, this will make two regular sized cups. If you don’t have a scale, 1 heaped teaspoon of ground coffee weighs about 5 grams, and 1 cup of water is about 240g / 240ml. So use 8 teaspoons of coffee to 2.5 cups of water. You will want to grind your beans coarse, so it looks like sea salt. STEP 3 - Brew Pour in your coarse ground coffee. Tare (zero) your scale. Set your timer for 4 minutes, and pour water all over the coffee grounds, making sure they all get wet. Use water at a temperature of 200F/95C, or a minute off boil. If you use boil- ing water, your coffee will taste bitter. Set the lid on the top of the French press, but don’t plunge
the filter yet. Wait for 4 minutes. STEP 4 - STIR & PLUNGE
After 4 minutes have passed, remove the lid and use a spoon to break the crust that has formed on top of the coffee. You will notice that the grounds fall to the bottom of the French press. Put the lid back on, and gently press the plunger down. STEP 5 - DRINK! That’s it. Serve immediately and drink up! The coffee underneath the plunger will continue to extract, so if you are making a large pot, pour the coffee into another serving vessel or it will over- extract and become bitter. SUMMARY This method of brewing coffee has been used for over a hundred years, and is very popular world- wide. It’s also many people’s first introduction to ‘good coffee’, as it is simple and effective. I highly recommend trying each of the Vicarious Coffees using this method, the different flavour profiles will really shine through!
Making a great cup of coffee is easy, and if you follow our guide, you’ll be consistently making great coffee every time. One of the simplest methods to make coffee at home is the French Press. It’s a forgiving brew method that always makes a great cup, even if the measurements aren’t perfect. And the metal filter allows fine particulates and oils through, creating a rich body. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Vicarious Garage Time Fuel (i.e. some great
coffee) A Kettle A Coffee Grinder
A French Press A Scale / Timer STEP 1 - PREHEAT THE FRENCH PRESS
Boil the kettle, and partially fill the French press with boiling water. This will ensure that you won’t lose much temperature during brewing. Discard the water after 1 minute.
STEP 2 - WEIGH AND GRIND YOUR COFFEE
Use a ratio of about 15:1 (water to coffee) depending on taste. So 560g/ml of water to 40g
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