Saturday, April 28, 2012
The French Press Method
An even, course grind is essential to good grounds, so make sure your grinder is set accordingly. Your choice of water definitely affects the final outcome, so use the best filtered water you can access, as opposed to tap water that might be overly chlorinated. Here in Kailua-Kona, the county water tends to be a little on the brackish side, for example, unlike county water in other parts of the Island. Whatever your situation, water quality is of utmost importance.
The optimum temperature for water should be 200 degrees. Take the kettle off the stove just before the boiling point, right as the first small bubbles begin to rise. To make an 8-cup quantity of coffee, put a half cup of course grounds into the 8-cup beaker. Pour the 200-degree water slowly to the top, then stir the top layer to remove excess air. Let steep for exactly 2 minutes and 45 seconds before slowly pushing the plunger down. Serve right away with a little whipping cream. Brazen Hazen never tasted so good!