Another excellent method of brewing coffee is the French press or plunger method. The coarse ground coffee is placed in the bottom of a glass cylinder and very hot water is added. After steeping for three to five minutes, a plunger with a filter pushes the grinds to the bottom and allows the hot coffee to separate, resulting in a smooth pot of delicious coffee.
Using the correct ratio of coffee to water is essential for a good cup. Start with one ounce of freshly ground dry coffee for every 24 ounces of water. If you prefer your coffee lighter, adding hot water to the completed brew will give you a better cup than using less coffee for the batch.
A typical brewer should take five to seven minutes to finish the brewing cycle. Don’t cheat by pulling a cup before it’s done. You will rob the entire pot of flavor since the beginning of the cycle is stronger than the last few minutes. The grounds in your filter should be completely wet within the first 20 to 30 seconds after the cycle starts.