How to make coffee with a piston coffee maker

Are you a fan of good coffee? Do you remember the best cup of coffee you ever had? What it tasted like? If you still remember it, then it may have been brewed in a plunger coffee maker. Its taste remains in your memory for life, sweet and sour. Coffee made with a plunger coffee maker is sweet and unique. A delight, some chefs prefer this coffee maker, which provides a balanced result while remaining simple to prepare and inexpensive.

Is it a word that sounds foreign to you? Well, it's just a cylindrical shaped cup that is quite narrow. It can be made of glass or metal. It has a lid and a plunger that fits rigidly into the brewing cylinder. The main element of any coffee maker? The filter. For a piston coffee maker, it is a fine mesh filter made of nylon or metal. 

Read on to learn how to become a pro at making creamy-bodied coffee with a plunger coffee maker!

The ingredients

First, we need to note the ingredients to start the preparation:

  • of water,
  • coffee beans,
  • a heating source,
  • sugar (if necessary).

Let's review the process of making coffee with a piston coffee maker. The process can be broadly classified into three sections.

  • Prepare the coffee beans and water.
  • Prepare the coffee and water mixture.
  • Prepare the coffee.

Prepare the coffee beans and water

Measure the coffee beans

To ensure that you get the right amount of coffee groundsIf you are going to use a coffee machine, you must carefully measure the coffee beans. Let's say you need to serve 3-4 people. You will need to make at least 90 cl of coffee. For such a quantity of coffee, you need to measure the coffee beans at 51 g.

Little tip: I always make the same amount of coffee in my piston coffee maker, so I don't have to weigh my coffee anymore because my automatic grinder grinds the right amount of coffee.

Grind the coffee beans to the right grind

Once the measurement is done accurately, put them in a coffee grinderé. Grind them coarsely to a crumb-like texture. To obtain the best flavour coffee, grinding should be done only 15 minutes before brewing. Grinding too early will result in stale and oxidized coffee. The coarser the grind, the more flavorful the coffee.

Boil the water and let it cool

As we have chosen to make 90 cl, we will need 4 cups of water, which is equivalent to 90 cl. The temperature of the water needed to make the coffee is 91 degrees Celsius. This is a little lower than the boiling point of water. Take an electric kettle or maybe even a container with water on the stove. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat source. Allow the water to cool for 30 seconds to a maximum of 1 minute before making the coffee. The water used should be either filtered or bottled. It is best not to use tap water as it spoils the taste of your hot beverage. 

Prepare your piston coffee maker

Check your coffee maker to make sure the plunger gadget inside that pushes the coffee grounds to the base of the pot to express their flavor into the heated water is working legitimately. Evacuate the top and plunger and put the ground beans into the press. Before making your coffee, it's a good idea to wash the plunger coffee maker with hot water. This will warm it up to help keep the coffee itself hot.

Prepare the coffee and water mixture

Fill only half of the coffee pot

After the water has cooled for a minute, add it to the grounds in the plunger coffee maker. Be careful not to add the water completely in one go. Instead, start by pouring enough water into the plunger coffee maker to fill it halfway. Let the coffee and water mixture sit in the coffee maker for about 1 minute.

Stir the mixture 

While the coffee and water have rested for a while, the grounds will probably float down and create a thick layer. Use a spoon to vigorously stir the coffee to mix the grounds with the water. Using an up and down motion with the spoon while stirring will ensure that the large particles of ground coffee and water are well mixed.

Add the rest of the water

After mixing the water and coffee grounds, you can pour what is left of the hot water into the coffee pot. Use a traffic circle motion by including it so that all grounds are soaked evenly. 

You can also choose to add all the water without waiting a moment at a time and quickly mix the coffee and water. In any case, it can be more difficult to guarantee that most of the ground is watered in case you pour all the water in one go.

Brew coffee

Allow the coffee mixture to steep for a few more minutes

When you have included most of the water, put the lid on the plunger coffee maker. Try not to squeeze the coffee just yet, but let the mixture sit for an additional 3 minutes to give it time to brew properly. When you are more experienced with brewing coffee with your plunger coffee maker, you can understand that some types of coffee taste better if they are steeped longer or less than 3 minutes. Change the brewing time to suit your own tastes.

Immerse the piston

After the coffee has soaked for three minutes, it's time to immerse the plunger. Press the plunger carefully until it touches the base of the coffee maker. 

Too much pressure on the plunger can make the coffee bitter. If you feel that something stops when you plunge, move the plunger up a few inches and press again until you reach the base. 

Now the immersion is done. The coffee is ready to be served. Pour it into cups and serve immediately. 

If you are going to drink or serve the coffee later, pour into a thermal carafe.

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