Barrie House at Home: French Press
Do not settle for boring coffee …
Use these five steps to make extraordinary coffee with a French Press (in the comfort of your pajamas)
Most people are accustomed to the daily coffee shop run on their way to work, school, or when out doing errands. But what happens when your schedule doesn't allow it or you decide to save some extra cash and skip the coffee shop? Then it is back to the same old coffee making routine...but it does not have to be boring!
Be your own barista (or as we say: Barrie-sta…) and create your own cup of morning, mid-day or midnight magic. All it takes is five easy steps and a French Press.
Some of us may never have heard of a French press. Others may have heard of them but do not know how to use them. And unless you are a coffee connoisseur, the technique may be a bit intimidating to you. But it is really a quite simple and effective way to brew coffee.
The French Press has been around since the 1850’s. In 1852, the first design of the French Press was patented by two Frenchmen, Mayer and Delforge.
The history of the cafetiere. The very first French press. Mayer and Delforge 1852. Credit: beandelivered.com
An update to the design was later patented by two Italian men, Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929 and is closer in design to the French press we know today. The French Press is unlike usual coffee makers; it does not use a traditional filter. Instead, a French Press actually steeps the grounds in the carafe, allowing the hot water to soak the coarse coffee grounds and extract more flavor and natural oils. It then uses a cloth or metal mesh screen connected to a rod that pushes down, trapping the coffee grounds below the freshly steeped coffee, allowing the flavors and oils to infuse with the coffee.
In just five easy steps, you can experience the bold, full flavors of our coffees that only a French Press can deliver. And according to the book ‘The World Atlas of Coffee’ by James Hoffmann, the French press is the “most underrated method of brewing coffee.”
Now that you have a little bit of history on the French press, it is time for you to learn how to use one. Barrie House has made it even easier by developing pre-measured, coarse ground coffee packets specifically designed for the French press
French Press in Five Steps!
(The real first step in every brewing method is to Start with Really Good Coffee… Start with Barrie HouseTM)
Step 1: Add Coffee. Pour a packet of Barrie House premium ground coffee into French Press carafe.
Step 2: Add Water. Slowly pour hot (not boiling) water between 195ºF and 205ºF into the carafe leaving at least one inch of space at the top. Allow coffee to steep for approximately 30 seconds, then stir with a wooden or non-metal utensil.
Step 3: Cover & Steep. Place plunger into carafe leaving it in up position. Close spout to allow the coffee to steep and brew.
Step 4: Plunge. After the coffee steeps for four minutes, hold carafe firmly with spout pointed away and slowly apply pressure to the plunger, pushing down evenly until the plunger rests on the coffee grounds.
Step 5: Pour & Enjoy. Turn lid to open spout, pour and serve immediately for best flavor.
So go ahead and give it a try. Everything you need to make a perfect French press is only a click away.