frenchThe French Press has become iconic for good reason–it’s a brewing method both stylish and simple, and it works equally well for single cup brewing or catering to a group of coffee craving friends. There is a danger in over brewing your coffee when using a French Press, which is why we’ve put together this Step-by-Step brewing guide to ensure your Stringbean Coffee brews up just right.

Step One: Clean, Warm Parts

Start with a clean French Press. A French Press will consist of a glass pot and a plunger. The base of the plunger will have two filters and a cross plate. Unscrew these three layers when you clean your French Press to remove any remaining coffee grounds from previous brews. Once you’ve assembled your clean parts, swirl a little hot water around the bottom of the glass pot to warm it up.

Step Two: Grind Your Coffee

We recommend grinding your beans fresh with every pot you brew. This will ensure the freshest possible flavor. When using a French Press, you want a fairly coarse, even grind for your beans, similar in consistency to bread crumbs. Once your coffee is ground, place one Tablespoon of ground coffee per cup you plan to serve in the bottom of the pot. For example, if you’re using a 6 cup pot, add 6 Tablespoons of freshly ground coffee.

Step Three: The Bloom

Bring water to a boil and let it cool for about 30 seconds. Then, pour enough hot water in to fully saturate the coffee without filling the pot just yet. Lightly stir the grounds with the water, then let sit for 30 seconds to “bloom.”

Step Four: The Brew

Pour in the remaining hot water, leaving about an inch at the top of the pot. Place the lid securely on top. Do not press the plunger yet, just let the French Press sit for exactly 4 minutes. Use a timer if you need to, or just jam out to your favorite song. Too little time, and your coffee will be weak. Too much time, and you run the risk of overextraction, resulting in bitter, undrinkable coffee.

Step Five: Plunge and Serve

After 4 minutes is up, press the plunger down and immediately serve the coffee. If you have any leftovers, transfer immediately to a serving carafe to prevent bitterness. Drink while hot, and enjoy!