So you own a French press, and you hear about how it makes a better, more full bodied pot of coffee. You brew a cup for yourself (8 oz), and let it steep for 4 minutes just like the box said only to have it come out a bit...bitter. Is this what people mean by "more full bodied?"
As it turns out, no. When using a French press, something almost no instruction sheet will tell you is that the brewing time for a press varies on the amount (volume) being brewed. We had a technical article published on the subject, but here I will just show the you the end results.
An 8oz or less French press can be brewed for about 90 seconds before being poured.
A 16oz French press can be brewed for about 180 seconds before being poured.
A 24oz French press can be brewed for about 240 seconds before being poured.
You can experiment with your own press to find that sweet spot of perfect brew time and volume, but this guideline will greatly help over the standard 4 minutes.
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