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 will stay with you for the rest of your life, sweet and tangy. Coffee made with a plunger coffee maker is smooth and distinctive. A delight, some chefs prefer this coffee maker, which provides a balanced result while remaining simple to prepare and inexpensive.

Is this a word that sounds foreign to you? Well, it's just a cylindrical 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, this is a fine-mesh filter made of nylon or metal. 

Read on to learn how to become a pro at making creamy 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 want to make a coffee bean, you have to quantify the coffee beans carefully. 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, the coffee beans should be measured out at 51 g.

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 correct grind

Once the measurement is done accurately, put them in a coffee grinderé. Grind them coarsely to a breadcrumb-like texture. To obtain the best flavour coffee, grinding should only be done 15 minutes before brewing. Grinding too early will result in stale and oxidised coffee. The coarser the grind, the more flavourful 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 cooker. Boil the water. 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 choose tap water as it spoils the taste of your hot drink. 

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 flavour 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 is a good idea to wash the plunger coffee maker in 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 cooling the water for one 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 ensures 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 the remaining hot water into the coffee pot. Use a roundabout motion including it so that all the grounds are soaked evenly. 

You can also choose to add all the water at once and mix the coffee and water quickly. In any case, it may be more difficult to ensure that most of the land is watered if 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 coffee maker. Try not to squeeze the coffee yet, but let the mixture sit for another 3 minutes to allow it to brew properly. When you are more experienced in brewing coffee with your plunger coffee maker, you may find that some types of coffee taste better if brewed for longer or less than 3 minutes. Change the brewing time to suit your own taste.

Immerse the piston

After the coffee has soaked for three minutes, it is 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 centimetres 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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