French Press

How to use a plunger (French press)

How to use a plunger (French press)

Using a coffee plunger, also known as a French press, is a straightforward method for making a rich, full-bodied coffee. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Materials Needed:
- French press (coffee plunger)
- Fresh KO coffee beans
- Grinder (if you have whole beans)
- Hot water (about 200°F or 93°C)
- Stirrer or spoon
- Timer
- Mug

Steps:

1. Grind the Coffee:
- Use about 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of coffee beans for every 350 millilitres (12 ounces) of water.
- Grind the beans to a coarse consistency, similar to breadcrumbs. Alternatively, purchase your KO coffee already ground for you by selecting ‘plunger’ as your grind. 

2. Preheat the French Press:
- Pour hot water into the French press to preheat it, then discard the water.

3. Add Coffee Grounds:
- Add the coarsely ground coffee to the French press.

4. Add Water:
- Pour hot water over the coffee grounds, ensuring all grounds are saturated. Start with a small amount to bloom the coffee, allowing it to release trapped gases (about 30 seconds).
- After blooming, pour the remaining hot water into the French press.

5. Stir and Steep:
- Give the mixture a gentle stir to ensure all grounds are evenly soaked.
- Place the lid on the French press with the plunger pulled all the way up.
- Let the coffee steep for about 4 minutes.

6. Plunge:
- After 4 minutes, press the plunger down slowly and steadily. This should take about 20-30 seconds.
- Ensure you apply even pressure and don't rush the process to avoid grounds escaping into your coffee.

7. Serve:
- Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug immediately to prevent over-extraction.
- Enjoy your rich, flavourful French press KO coffee!

Tips:
- Experiment with the coffee-to-water ratio and steeping time to find your preferred taste.
- Use fresh, high-quality coffee beans for the best results.
- Clean the French press thoroughly after each use to maintain the quality of your brews.

Enjoy your French press KO coffee!

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