If you're a long-time coffee drinker, you know that there are multiple ways to brew coffee. One popular method is using a French press. A French press, also known as a press pot or plunger pot, is a simple, immersion method to making a delicious cup of coffee at home.

If you’ve never used a French Press before, here's a step-by-step guide to brewing:

  1. Start with fresh, whole bean coffee. Choose a fresh, high-quality coffee that you enjoy and grind it at coarsely. If you’re using the Baratza Encore, start around #28 setting. 
  2. Boil water in a kettle or pot. Allow the water to cool a minute before pouring.
  3. Preheat your French press. Fill the press with hot water to warm it up, then discard the water.
  4. Add the coffee to the French press. Use a ratio between 1:12 and 1:15 coffee to water. For example, if you're using 15 grams of coffee, you'll need between 180g (15x12) and 225g (15x15) of water. Adjust the ratio to your taste preferences.
  5. Pour the water over the coffee to saturate all of the grounds. Stir the coffee gently to ensure that all the grounds are evenly saturated.
  6. Place the plunger on top of the French press. Allow the coffee to steep for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Press the plunger down slowly. The plunger will push the grounds to the bottom of the French press, separating the coffee from the grounds.
  8. Pour the coffee into your cup. Be sure to pour slowly and evenly to prevent any grounds from getting into your cup.
  9. Enjoy your delicious cup of coffee!

French press coffee is known for its full-bodied flavor and rich taste. With a little practice and adjusting to your preferences, you can create a perfectly brewed cup of coffee every time.

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