Michael Allen Smith of INeedCoffee has published a great set of reference tips for troubleshooting the French Press and the quality of coffee you can get from it.

We have long used the French Press - it is, by far, the cheapest and easiest way to get high quality coffee.

The tips offered encompass:

  • water quality
  • brewing temperature (just off a boil)
  • fresh coffee
  • grind size
  • steep time (may vary per coffee and as per your taste)
  • dosage

And, as Michael notes, don’t take that last sip of coffee. Unless you feel like filtering it, you’re going to get a mouthful of sediment. Not the yummiest part of the coffee.

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