- Use 1⁄2 oz. (2 round tablespoons) per 9 oz. cup of coffee. Or for a 20 oz French Press use 2 oz(8 heaping tablespoons)of coffee. This yields a approx 5 mg serving of CBD per 9 oz. cup of coffee.
- Choose a coarse grind; brew using a hot water method such as French press or Moka pot.
- Avoid paper filters, they absorb the beneficial hemp oil!
The best way to enjoy coffee is to purchase whole bean coffee and grind it yourself, just before brewing. More & more people are discovering the amazing amount of freshness that comes from freshly grinding coffee at home. Whole beans maintain their freshness much longer than purchasing ground coffee.
If you grind it yourself, it is wise to invest in a good "burr" coffee grinder. The less expensive "blade" grinders essentially chop the coffee bean instead of grinding it. Most use a push button without a predetermined time for how coarse or fine the coffee is ground. This leads to inconsistent grinding.
With a blade grinder, it is difficult to grind to the proper coarseness. Blade grinders also create a lot of heat, which reduces the quality of the coffee.
In contrast, a good "burr" grinder will consistently grind your beans to a desired level of coarseness. They generate less heat and create a much more consistent grind.
FRENCH PRESS GRIND - this is a coarse grind for use in a french press or press pot. The coarser grind prevents the coffee grounds from seeping through the mesh screen of the press. French Press grind also works well for use in vacuum coffee makers and for use with a cold brew method of brewing.
How to Use a French Press (Press Pot)
A French press, sometimes called a press pot, is a wonderful way to enjoy your coffee. Many coffee purists believe this is the best way to brew coffee. This type of brewing is called direct contact brewing, because a french press uses no paper filter, yet relies on a flavor transfer through direct contact of coffee and water.
Not only is this a wonderful way to brew great coffee, it is also a handy way to enjoy coffee when you find yourself without the use of a drip coffee maker. A personal size press pot is a great solution for office coffee provided you have access to hot water. Invest in a French Press and you won't be sorry.
A French press consists of a glass or plastic pot that comes in various sizes. There is a plunger attached to the cover and a screen press at the bottom of the plunger.
1. Use "French Press Grind" (coarsely ground) Coffee - grind your coffee beans to a coarseness level for a french press. This level is essentially two levels coarser than for auto drip, or one level coarser than percolator. This degree of coarseness keeps the grounds from seeping through the mesh screen. If your grounds seep through, you are grinding the coffee too fine.
2. Coffee to Water Ratio for a French Press - since a French press uses coarsely ground coffee you should use 1.5 times more coffee than you would normally use in a drip coffee maker.
3. Add Ground Coffee - with the the cover removed, add your ground coffee into the bottom of the press pot.
4. Add Water - fill the pot with very hot or boiling water. Optimal brewing temperature should be about 195 - 205 degrees F.
5. Place Top on the Press - carefully place the top on the French press with the plunger in the raised position. DO NOT depress the plunger.
6. Brew Coffee - let your coffee brew for the desired time, typically about 5 minutes. Leave the plunger in the UP position during brewing. If you wish, you can remove the plunger during the brew cycle to stir the grounds and then replace the plunger.
7. Slowly Depress Plunger - very slowly press the plunger downward, forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom. It is very important to depress the plunger slowly. If the plunger is depressed too quickly you will end up with too many grounds in your coffee.
8. Pour Coffee and Enjoy - it is best to consume your coffee fairly quickly or pour the remaining coffee into a thermal carafe. If you let coffee sit too long in a french press it will continue to brew with the grounds at the bottom. The taste can become slightly bitter with continued brewing. Also, with a French press it is normal to expect a few coffee grounds in your coffee. Not many, but a few. If you have a lot of grounds, see our troubleshooting information below.
Troubleshooting a French Press - most typically ending up with too many coffee grounds in your coffee.
* Coffee Ground Too Fine - if you use a standard grind (auto drip) or finer grind, you will probably be disappointed with the amount of coffee grounds left in your cup. Coffee ground too fine will seep through the mesh strainer on the plunger and allow grounds back into the coffee. Grind it Coarse!
* Plunger Depressed Too Quickly - if you depress the plunger too quickly, you might receive too many grounds into your coffee. The grounds simply slide past the outside edges of the mesh screen and end up back in your coffee. Slowly depress the plunger!
What If My Coffee Flavor is Not Good?
- Water Quality - water is the key culprit when your coffee does not taste as it should. Most of the time a bad taste in the coffee results from the water source providing minerals and chemicals that alter the taste. The most common taste is a chlorine flavor, which can be eliminated by using filtered water. The best way to filter water is with a household water filter. Also, most modern refrigerators use a water filter that provides good tasting water from the dispenser. You can also use bottled water, but do not use distilled water in a coffee maker. A hard water supply can also contribute to minerals providing unwanted tastes in coffee. If you have hard water, use a water softener or filtered water.