The beauty of a French Press begins with the pure simplicity of the device. A glass vessel, a metal mesh filter, and a metal plunger. That's just about it. The Bodum Chambord Four Cup French Press certainly adds beauty and style to the French Press, but at its core it's such a timeless solution to brewing an amazing, full-bodied, delicious cup of coffee. An important thing to note when brewing with a French Press versus brewing filtered drip coffee is that there are significantly more dissolved solids in the coffee when brewing with a French Press.
At the end of the day, your cup of coffee is simply hot water and a tiny percentage of dissolved solids from the brewing process. A thick filtered (for example a Chemex Brewer) coffee will strain more dissolved solids than a French Press. So, when brewing with the Bodum Four Cup Chambord French Press, you can expect a more robust, full-bodied, hearty cup of coffee (which we HIGHLY recommend on those chill fall and winter mornings).
To make the most of your French Press here are a few tips to guide your brewing journey:
1. Add 30 grams (around two tablespoons) of fresh coarse ground coffee to your Bodum French Press. The coffee grind should be similar in size to sea salt. We recommend a rich and savory blend such as Sit & Stay Medium-Dark Roastwhen brewing with this method
2. Heat your water to approximately 195º. If your water is boiling, simply let is sit away from heat for 45 seconds and it will naturally drop into the perfect temperature range.
3. Soak the coffee grounds in hot water and let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds. Blooming is simply the release of stored CO2 from the coffee and will allow for a more even immersion of the grounds
4. Pour the remaining 8 oz of water over the coffee and quickly stir the coffee with a wooden spoon (or extra chop sticks if you're in a pinch) and add the lid with the plunger up
5. Let the coffee sit for 4-5 minutes before gently pressing the plunger down to complete the brewing process
6. Open the spout, pour the coffee into your mug, and enjoy! A quick tip for avoiding too much sediment or "sludge" at the bottom of your mug is to avoid tilting the French Press past parallel to the table. It's okay if you have a little water remaining in the vessel when you're done!
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