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Coffee-French Press Grind

There are several factors that go into making a great cup of French press coffee not the least of which is the grind of the coffee used. So, what is the best grind for French press coffee?

The first thing to understand about grinding coffee is that it is important to have a good grinder. A good grinder really makes a big difference. We recommend the use of burr grinders over blade grinders. The most important aspect of a coffee grinder is that it provides a perfectly even grind. A cheap grinder will give you uneven particles that are both large and small in size; "boulders and dust".

The Perfect French Press Grind

Many people don't realize it but the particle size of the coffee grounds is just as important with a French press as it is with other methods of brewing coffee, like espresso. The difference between a French press and other coffee grinds is that you want uniformly large particles. Exceptionally small particles, like those you would use for espresso, will inevitably create the dreaded coffee sludge. A good rule of thumb is that you always want the grind to be coarser than the type you have for automatic drip coffee.

Many people who drink French press coffee regularly accept that there will be a certain amount of sludge at the bottom of the cup. Don't accept sub-par coffee though. You always be striving to make the best possible cup of coffee. And, that means you should do what it takes to limit or eliminate the sludge at the bottom of the cup. Your best defense is a near-perfect grind.

Furthermore, the fineness of the grind also determines how easy or hard the plunger is to press. The finer the grind, the harder it is to press. Of course, the size and quality of the press also plays a factor but getting the grind right really makes a huge difference.

There is one other factor to consider when trying to get the best possible grind for your French press and that is the type of filter you use. The type of filter actually dictates what level of grind you should have. For example, a metal filter requires a far coarser grind than those of nylon filters. Keep in mind that no matter what filter you use, you will still want the grind to be coarser than automatic drip grind.

Other important factors in making French press coffee are the quality of beans, the quality of the water and the general cleanliness of your equipment you are using. In most cases, you want the freshest possible coffee beans but that is not the case with a French press. While you still want to use fresh coffee, you should not use coffee that has been roasted less than 2 to 3 days before you use it. The reason is when beans are only a day or two off the roast; they contain a lot of Co2. That Co2 will cause a massive amount of brown suds to form on top of your press. So, it's best to let freshly roasted coffee beans rest for a few days before attempting to use it with a French press.

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