One of the most misunderstood coffee makers is the French Press or coffee pot. The French Press is actually one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to make coffee, and for many coffee enthusiasts one of the purest forms of making coffee. To understand how to use the French Press you must first understand what makes up the French Press.
Its simple design is what keeps this form of making coffee so popular. The French Press almost looks like a standard drink carafe with a lid and plunger on the inside. A French Press can vary in size from 4cups to somewhere around 10cups, and just about any size in between.
To begin making coffee with a French Press you start off by bringing water to a simple boil. Once the water has started boiling turn off the heating source and let the water stand for about 3 minutes allowing it cool. While the water is boiling you will want to remove the top of the French Press and dump your coffee grinds into the carafe. For best results it is recommended that you use a coarser grind for you coffee, so that after plunging grinds do not make there way into the brewed coffee.
Once you have let the boiled water sit, slowly pour it into the French Press over the coffee grinds. Another tip is to pour just enough water to where you can no longer see dry grinds. Let that mixture sit for a minute before adding the rest of the water. Doing this will allow the coffee to percolate and brew properly.
After you have poured your desired amount of water into the grinds, stir the mixture together and let for about 5 minutes. (Note that the more water you use the weaker the coffee and less water you use the stronger the result. This may take some time experimenting on the right mixture.)
Once that is done you will begin to plunge the coffee. Insert the plunger back into the French Press and slowly press down until you feel it stop on the grinds at the bottom. What is left above the plunger is your freshly made coffee via French Press.
This may seem like a simple process and it actually is. The trick is making an end result that you desire and that will take some time. Have fun with the experience and work with different grinds of coffee (making sure they are reasonably coarse) and different amounts of water. You may soon find yourself brewing with your French Press quite often.