I had the strangest craving today for coffee made with a press or plunger, despite the fact that I own a perfectly functioning Nespresso. But don’t get me wrong, coffee that is made with a press is not inferior in any way – it simply tastes different. To me, it seems lighter on the palate and sweeter than a long black or Americano, but I suppose everyone’s tastebuds are different.
It wasn’t too long ago when I received a text from a friend via BBM: how do you make coffee with a plunger? (Hi Zee!) She bought a plunger not only because does she love coffee, but she’s also one of those crazy people who survive on three cups of coffee and/or Red Bull when she’s rushing to meet deadlines, and it’s simply too expensive to buying so many from cafes. I don’t know how anyone does that without getting the shakes. It’s enough that I’m already chatty; I’d be a chatty bullet train if I had that much caffeine!
Anyway, it occurred to me that it might be useful to share a few tips with you guys about making coffee with a plunger. I don’t claim to be an expert or anything, but these are general tips and steps that you should find useful if you’re new to this:
- The ratio of ground coffee to cups is usually about 3 tablespoons of coffee to 1 cup of water (250 ml), so measure out your coffee and add to the plunger.
- Never use boiling hot water to make your coffee as it’ll burn the coffee. Once you boil the water in your kettle, let it cool for a bit before using. The water should be about 90 degrees Celsius. Pour the stipulated amount of water into the plunger. Stir if it’s not incorporated properly.
- Put the lid on, but do not press the plunger down yet!
- Wait for 3 to 4 minutes (depending on how strong you like it).
- Press the plunger down slowly. Excessive force will cause the hot water to spurt out so be very gentle and careful.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy.