How to Make Plunger Coffee

The coffee plunger method is probably the most economical and practical way to brew coffee. You only need a kettle and a plunger for coffee making equipment. And as most hotel rooms in Australia are equipped with a kettle, taking your coffee plunger with you when travelling makes it a portable coffee making solution.

The taste of plunger coffee is very different from coffee made with an espresso machine because of the way the coffee is extracted.

With the plunger, also called French Press, the coffee is brewed or infused for a few minutes with coarse coffee grounds that are strained before serving whereas with the espresso machine, the water is pushed rapidly and forcefully through compacted fine coffee grounds.

Different coffee making method, different coffee taste.

Coffee Plunger Essential Ingredients

Like in any recipe, the quality of your ingredients plays an important part in the success of your coffee.

Pure Water: Use filtered water because chlorine and chemicals in tap water can spoil the taste of your coffee.

Fresh Coffee: Buy locally roasted coffee beans because by the time, imported coffee beans reach the supermarket’s shelves, it’s already stale. More buying coffee tips

Ground coffee keeps fresh for a few days whereas whole coffee beans three to four weeks. So, grind coffee before use and don’t keep your coffee in the fridge or freezer. More coffee storing tips

Clean Coffee Plunger: Make sure your coffee making equipment is clean thoroughly. Leftover coffee oils and sediments from a previous brew will make your coffee taste bitter and rancid.

Now you have the ingredients, let’s make the coffee…

Step-by-step Coffee Plunger Method

  1. Pour hot water into the empty and clean coffee plunger and cup to preheat.
  2. Boil water and let it stand a few seconds to avoid scorching the coffee beans when pouring boiling water over them.
  3. While water is standing, empty the coffee plunger and add the coarsely ground coffee. One heaped tablespoon per cup.

    Speaking coffee lingo, a cup refers to a small espresso-sized cup, not a 200ml cup or mug. And as a rule of thumb, you need 7 to 9g of ground coffee per cup. So, for a 3-cup or 350ml coffee plunger, you need 3 heaped tablespoons.

  4. Pour water slowly in the plunger and let the coffee brew for 4 minutes.
  5. Stir the coffee grind 'crust' and then slowly press/plunge the filter down gently but firmly, keeping the filter in a straight position to avoid coffee grounds to slip out into the rest of the coffee.
  6. Leave the coffee to settle for a few seconds before serving. If you have a few coffee grounds that escaped during the plunging process, they will rest at the bottom of the plunger leaving your coffee free from sediments.

Now it's time to relax and enjoy your coffee.

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