Coffee experts@The Coffee Lab
Hi Chandra, It's true that the French Press is not the first brewer you would think of in order to brew an espresso. The traditional way of brewing a classic espresso is via a machine called espresso machine. I personally would not use a French Press to try and make an espresso, I would only be disappointed with the result as it wouldn't be close to a real espresso at all. The French Press is designed to brew only coarse coffee grinds. A finer espresso has to be brewed in something like an espresso machine or a moka pot. If you don't have an espresso machine or a moka pot you can even use an Aeropress. Here is how: - Place a coffee filter in the chamber and screw on the cap - Add 2 scoops of coffee to the chamber - Grind your coffee beans to a medium/fine grind - Wet your grounds with 55 ml (or about 3 ounces) of hot water at 205 degrees Fahrenheit - Stir the grounds for about 10 seconds - Put the plunger in the up position and let it bloom for 30 seconds. - After 30 seconds start plunging slowly, and after 35 seconds plunge all the way down. If you're looking for an espresso like result, I would not recommend using a French Press but at least there are some other alternatives than the Moka Pot and the Aeropress if you want something espresso-like!
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