Simple tips on how to use a coffee press

Coffee press or plunger

Coffee press or plunger

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!

Plunger on coffee press

Plunger on coffee press

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Put the lid on, but do not press the plunger down yet!
  4. Wait for 3 to 4 minutes (depending on how strong you like it).
  5. Press the plunger down slowly. Excessive force will cause the hot water to spurt out so be very gentle and careful.
  6. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
Don’t forget to use your coffee grounds as garden fertiliser!

If you use Vietnamese ground coffee, you might like to add some condensed milk for the perfect sweet, white coffee. For those of you who are experiencing summer at the moment, let that white coffee cool down and add ice for the best iced coffee! My suggestion would be to add extra condensed milk so that the ice won’t water it down too much and you can savour the sweetness. I happen to love taking mine from the coffee press as it is: black, no sugar.

About saphster

Twenty-two year old who loves coffee and chocolate too much for my own good. I bake in my free time and read food blogs until late in the night (avoid this; it causes hunger pangs!). If I had a bucket list, it'd consist of places that I'd like to dine at. I would love to learn about authentic French cuisine and I wish I could master making macarons - they're too darn intimidating. I whine about how unhealthy some foods can be, but I pack away dessert like I've been starving myself. This isn't much of a secret, but I adore McDonald's breakfast and French fries. I know I shouldn't! Oh, and I believe no one should eat mediocre food that they don't enjoy because it's not worth the calories.
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2 Responses to Simple tips on how to use a coffee press

  1. Zee says:

    chocolate + coffee = great morning 🙂

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