Home Brewing Guide: French Press

French Press

Although the name says ‘French’ press, the final design was actually made by two Italian men, Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929. They based the design to a brewer patented in 1852 by two French men, Mayer and Delforge. French press makes a dense and heavy kind of coffee.

What you need:

  1. French press
  2. Grinder
  3. Gooseneck kettle
  4. Digital scale
  5. Timer
  6. Wooden spoon

Step 1:

Boil 12 oz (350 grams) of water, then grind 30 grams of coffee to a coarse, even setting.

Step 2:

Put the coffee grounds to your French press.

Step 3:

Gently pour water twice the weight of your coffee grounds. (e.g., 60 grams of water to 30 grams of coffee grounds.)

Step 3.1

Wait for the coffee to ‘bloom.’

Step 3.2

Step 4:

Pour the rest of the water, and gently stir the coffee with a wooden spoon (or paddle).

Step 4.1
Step 4.2

Step 5:

Gently place the lid, and strictly wait for coffee to steep for four minutes before plunging.

Step 6:

Give the coffee a plunge of 15-20 pounds of pressure. Serve the coffee as soon as you’re done pressing.

Step 6.1

Letting it sit will cause it to continue brewing and over-extract.

Step 6.2

Step 7:

Gently remove the lid, and pour it to your coffee cup. Enjoy!

Try it with Our Coffee

The Philippines is one of the few countries that produces the four species of coffee: Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa and Robusta. Climatic and soil conditions in the Philippines - from the lowland to mountain regions - make the country suitable for all four species. At Commune, we take pride in using only high quality beans, sourced directly from farmers, in various coffee-growing areas in the country like Benguet, Sagada, South Cotobato, Kapatagan and Bukidnon.

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