May 09, 2022

Plunger coffee is a method of extraction made from infusing coursely ground coffee in a French Press, also known as a plunger. A French Press is a device that prepares coffee for you at home and requires no extra filtration. Plungers produce a rich full-flavoured coffee giving off a wonderful aroma. 

Plungers are also known as a coffee press or press pot. They are very easy to use, won’t burn a hole in your wallet, and are found everywhere. You can buy them in coffee shops, supermarkets and can even find them in hotel rooms. They are a popular choice among regular coffee drinkers and can be a great place to start if you’re new to coffee and want to learn more. 

But the question remains, how do you actually use a plunger? Read on below to figure out what you need to make plunger coffee and the best method.

What do you need to make plunger coffee?

To learn how to make plunger coffee, you first need to have the right equipment. You should have the following equipment:

  • Plunger or French Press
  • Scales and a timer
  • Ground coffee (coarse grind)

We recommend trying our single origin coffees and coffee blends.

  • Hot water (around 92 degrees)
  • Cup 

How to make plunger coffee?

Here are the steps to making your refreshing excellent cup of plunger coffee.

Step 1: Preheat your plunger

Before you start making your coffee, it is a good idea to preheat your plunger. Remove the lid and the plunger, and add boiling water to the jug. Once you feel that the plunger is hot enough, remove the water. 

Step 2: Prepare your coffee

Put ground coffee into your plunger. Approximate ratio 75gm per 1L water.

Step 3: Add hot water

Place the plunger on the scale, tare to zero and start timer as you add hot water. Make sure that the water is hot but not boiling. 

Step 4: Let the coffee brew

Stir, then put the lid on and allow the coffee to steep for no longer than 4 minutes. Any longer will lead to over extraction and bitter tasting coffee. 

Step 5: Plunge your coffee

Press the plunger down slowly. Once fully pressed, the plunger will halt the brewing process. The mesh in your plunger will make sure that the grounds stay out of your cup. 

Our French Press with Bru Stop has an ultra fine mesh screen to keep grounds out of your coffee and give you a fresh taste. Make sure you don’t press too hard. This can crush the grounds at the bottom and release a bitter taste. 

Step 6: Pour and serve

Decant into another serving jug immediately. Pour the coffee into your cup. Your deliciously rich coffee is ready!

Black Velvet Coffee is a proud supplier of all your coffee needs. Head over to our collection and find your delicious blend today. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information or questions. 

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