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How to make the best plunger coffee

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People always ask me, how do you make the best plunger coffee? I’ve explored the world, and sifted out the ultimate recipe, so that your plunger coffee will be the best it’s ever been.

Fresh Beans for Plunger Coffee

The most important part of any brewing method though, is beans that are fresh from the roaster. The longer they age after roasting, the more CO2 they let out, and the less flavourful they become.

Those supermarket coffee beans you’re drinking right now? Yeah, they’re around 3 months old when they get to the supermarket shelf.

Do yourself a favour and order some beans online, we’ll deliver them to you fresh from the roaster, before they reach their peak flavours at 2 weeks.

Try our quiz, and we’ll even match the beans we’re sending to what you enjoy about coffee. With such a huge range of roasters, we’ve got something for everyone – you can’t go wrong.

Right, back to how to make the best plunger coffee in the universe.

To make Plunger Coffee you will need:

Spoon for scraping the crust in your plunger coffee

Two Spoons

Kettle symbol

Boiling Water

a french press or plunger

A French Press / Plunger

A bag of coffee for plunger coffee

Coffee (Fresh)

The French Press / Plunger Recipe

Measure your coffee out. Ratios for French Press or Plunger coffee can vary depending on how strong you like your coffee. They range from around 15g to 19g of water, per 1g of coffee. If you like it stronger, go to the lower end. Have a play around with this each time you brew. If your coffee is bitter, you probably need to decrease the amount you’re using. If it tastes a bit salty, you need to increase it.

Step 1.

Grind your coffee medium-coarse. It’s always best to have your coffee freshly ground. As soon as you grind it, your coffee will begin to degrade much faster because of its larger surface area. If you’re buying pre-ground coffee, you’ll need to be aware of this and use it relatively quickly. 

Step 2.

Pour your coffee into your plunger, followed by the appropriate amount of boiling water. I like to sit my plunger on scales so I know exactly how much is going in. Simple kitchen scales will suffice, but digital to-the-gram scales are ultimately better.

Step 3.

Stir your coffee vigorously with a spoon. Make sure all your grounds are saturated so that they’re all exuding the great coffee flavours. 

Step 4.

Now we wait for 5 minutes. 

Step 5.

After 5 minutes has passed, you can go ahead and use two spoons to scrape the floaties off the top. I usually use my spoons in a scooping motion, getting the floaties but avoiding taking out too much liquid. 

Step 6.

After the floaties have been scraped, we wait another 4 minutes. This is to let your coffee settle a bit after being disturbed. Don’t move your coffee around during this stage. 

Step 7.

Now the fun part. Press your plunger down until it rests on top of the liquid. We don’t push it all the way through because it stirs up all those grinds that we’ve just let settle. 

Step 7.

Gently pick up the plunger, and pour through the plunger mesh into your cup. 

Now you know how to make plunger coffee.

Delicious.

Seriously though, before you make plunger coffee...

I can’t stress enough how important fresh beans are, and that they are catered to your tastes and brew method. If you’re wanting to get your hands on the best money coffee can buy catered to you, then head over to our quiz page, answer a few simple questions, and we’ll hand pick coffee for you based on your answers. 

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