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Also called "French press", although it has been patented by an Italian, the French press is the coffee machine in its simplest device. If it seems very easy to use, you can quickly miss your little black. Here are the 3 mistakes not to make when preparing coffee with a French press.
Miss your ground coffee for the French press
Each coffee machine requires a grind, i.e. ground coffee, suitable for its use. And grinding your coffee is an important step for those who want to make a coffee to their taste. If you are not equipped or fear of not grinding your coffee properly, then go to a roaster, who will advise you in the choice of coffee like that of grinding. The French press is the one that requires the least fine grind of all (we say "big grind"), opposite the Turkish coffee pot (Cezve) whose grind is extra fine, similar to flour. For your French press, you will find that the right ground beans will have the resistance they need when squeezing, the filter taking care of stopping them to extract only their juice. We are talking aboutcoffee brew, the method that extracts all the aromas in the most delicate way.
Apply the wrong coffee-water ratio in your French press
Again, the quantities of ingredients are very important to the success of your coffee! It's about putting a specific amount of coffee, and matching a volume of water. If you do not respect a pre-established ratio - around 20 grams of coffee per cup of water (200 ml) - which can vary according to your requirements, your coffee may leave you with a bitter taste. Once you have mastered these proportions for your French press, you just need to place the dosed coffee at the bottom of the glass cylinder, add the corresponding water, and above all at the right temperature. It must be around 85 ° C to comply with all aromas beans but may vary depending on the type of coffee (up to 95 ° C). Slightly stir the coffee-water mixture, place the plunger cover on top of the coffee maker, then let steep 4-5 minutes. You can then lower the piston by applying light pressure, the filter will do the rest.
Leave the coffee in the coffee maker after squeezing it
Once your coffee is squeezed, the mistake not to make is to leave theextraction of coffee in the coffee maker. On the contrary, you should immediately pour your coffee into your cup and those of your guests. The coffee ends up being too brewed and full of bitterness if you forget it in your French press. Also it is important to determine the right doses of coffee as indicated above, to serve the right number of cups. If despite all these tips you hesitate to choose a French press, turn for example to the Italian press coffee maker, which only needs to be placed on the fire, once the water and coffee compartments are filled.