French Press Coffee Bloom: Our Step By Step Guide

french press coffee bloom

Coffee has always been romanticized, and frankly, we can see why. From its engulfing aroma to its overpowering taste to the whole process of grinding, roasting, and brewing, coffee sure makes a statement. Like flowers in their spring season, coffee, too, in the right timing blooms to bless your taste buds with its robust flavor. But how do you do the perfect French press coffee bloom?

You’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn how blooming your coffee can affect your French press coffee, why it’s done, and how it’s done. And if you’re new to this grand world of coffee, no worries!

You’ll learn all you need to know about French press coffee. You’ll find instructions on how to do a step by step French press coffee bloom, and some little tricks to perfect your coffee. Also don’t miss out on the French press coffee makers hand-picked just for you!

Roasting and Degassing of Coffee

Here is a brief chemistry lesson; during the roasting of coffee beans, the high temperature causes lots of reactions to take place. This results in the distinctive and striking smell of coffee as well as its vast array of flavors. In addition, it causes the generation of carbon dioxide, or the process known as degassing.

This process of degassing takes weeks, although it’s more intense in the first few days. The release of all the carbon dioxide in coffee is the reason behind coffee going stale. This is why it’s very important to brew coffee after three days of its roasting. This is to ensure that the amount of carbon dioxide contained in the beans is the right amount.

Brewing right after roasting or later than three days will lead to coffee losing its renowned aroma. It could also become acidic or weak.

How and Why Do You Bloom Coffee?

Pouring French press coffee into a cup on the working table at home

Let’s say you decide to brew your coffee on the third day after roasting. There’s still carbon dioxide being generated. When you start pouring the boiling water, the carbon dioxide released will increase significantly, creating a kind of barrier.

Author Note: This bubbling of gas you see affects the brewing of your coffee. It not only causes a sour taste but it’ll prevent the water from extracting the rich taste of coffee as well.

Coffee blooming is a trick that helps you to maneuver this situation. You simply pour just a little bit of water on your ground coffee beans. Then you wait for 30 to 40 seconds to allow the carbon dioxide to escape. After that, give the mixture a gentle stir and continue pouring the water. This is a crucial step in allowing your French press coffee to bloom.

Such a simple step makes all the difference!

How Do You Make French Press Coffee?

If your coffee of choice is a French press brew, then you must know that it requires a bit more work than simple coffee machines. This one is for those who enjoy the process of making their own cup of coffee.

Before we get into details, it’s worth mentioning that you’ll probably need a kitchen scale, and a coffee grinder, as well as, your french press maker. And remember the golden ratio is 1 coffee to 15 water. Of course, according to preferences, this number can be slightly modified.

  1. You’ll start off with measuring your ingredients, we suggest 27g of coffee to 400g of water.
  2. Then heat your French press maker and your plunger.
  3. Grind your coffee to coarse texture and add it to the press.
  4. After that, follow the bloom method mentioned above.
  5. Once you’ve added the water, cover it with the plunge but don’t push.
  6. Wait for 4 minutes for the coffee to brew.
  7. Next, it’s time to plunge!
  8. Plunge to the bottom, and pour into your favorite mug. Bon appetit!

It’s notable not to plunge or keep pressing while pouring in your cup, this will cause a bitter taste to be extracted from the coffee.

Also, another step you can add before pouring is removing some of the sediments from the surface of the french press using two spoons. Or, you can wait for the sediments to sink and settle.

Lastly, use pure water, or filtered water so that it doesn’t affect the taste of your coffee.

Our French Press Recommendations

Now that you know how to make the perfect coffee, you’d need a premium quality French press like the Mueller French Press.

This one comes with a triple-layered filter that guarantees you a coffee free of any sediments. Not to mention, it’s made out of stainless steel, with a heat-insulating layer, and a handle that stays cool to the touch.

Author Note: Since it’s made out of stainless steel, it has a silver glimmer that is very eye-catching. Most importantly though, there’s no risk of shattering. It’s also easy to assemble and to clean such a user-friendly product.

The only thing we didn’t like about the product is that there are no measuring units on the press. But, considering the quality, this hardly matters.

Another French press maker we really like is the Utopia Kitchen French Coffee Press. This one is more affordable for all of us on budgets. And it is sold in irresistible sleek black glass.

It has a 4 – filter screen system to keep the coffee grains at bay. Its capacity is 34 Oz so you can always make coffee for the ones you love too.

Although it’s made out of heat-resistant Borosilicate glass, it’s still breakable so be careful with it.

The Right Timing to Grind Your Coffee Beans

This is probably the only situation where procrastinating is for the best. Grinding needs to be done at the last minute right before you start brewing. Otherwise, even leaving it for mere minutes takes away from the flavor.

The more time you leave your ground coffee beans, the more they lose from their gases and oils. That, and with all the surface area available for oxygen to react with, your coffee is bound to go stale and flat. Freshly ground coffee will help you immensely when learning to French press coffee bloom.

All About Coffee Beans’ Different Textures

Coffee from french press pouring into cup

It’s preferable to use coarsely ground coffee beans, but why?

The reason grinding is essential is that by crushing down the coffee bean we expose more surface area for the water to penetrate. The more surface area, the more extraction occurs.

Author Note: There is a fine balance between ideal extraction and over-extraction or under-extraction. Under-extraction tastes sour or sharp on the tongue, while over-extraction causes a dull, dry taste.

The right amount of extraction will give you a rich coffee taste with the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. Depending on your coffee brewing style you’ll want to find the right texture to get the ideal extraction.

French Press goes best with coarse coffee beans. That is due to the 4 minutes of immersion included in the brewing process. A coarse grind allows for a slow and ideal extraction. So, if you’re having trouble with your coffee check the coarseness of your beans!

Frequently Asked Questions

No matter how much of an expert you’re at making coffee, there’s always more to know. So check out these questions we know have crossed your mind at least once.

Q: What happens if you use finely ground beans?

A: Finely ground coffee beans would be too smooth and powdery that they’ll pass right through the mesh screen in the French press. This will result in more sediments and a muddy feel in your coffee.

Q: What happens if you use whole coffee beans?

A: Using whole coffee beans will require more immersion time for extraction. However, the water might cool and won’t be effective resulting in under-extraction.

Q: Is blooming for French press coffee only?

A: If you’re interested in the art of coffee making, and the chemistry of the beans, you’re probably wondering about other coffee machines and blooming.

Whether it’s a pour-over coffee machine or automatic drip coffee makers, you’ll find blooming a vital step.

Q: Can you bloom coffee with cold or room temperature water?

A: Short answer is no. It’s best to have your water be 92-96 degrees, a lower temperature would result in an ineffective bloom and flat coffee. Much like temperature surfing an espresso machine, there’s the right temperature to do it at.

Q: What do coffee bloom Bubbles tell you about the coffee beans?

French press coffee and cup on table with scattered coffee beans

A: Can you imagine knowing how roasted or how fresh your coffee is from the number of bubbles surfacing while blooming your coffee.

As weird as it sounds it’s true. The more bubbles the fresher your coffee is. And the fewer bubbles the more roasted the coffee beans are!

Q: What makes French press coffee the right coffee for you?

A: French press coffee machines are designed to give you a dense or concentrated cup of coffee full of oils and flavor. It’s certainly for you if you like it strong and fulfilling.

Q: How does roasted coffee storing affect the end result?

A: Keep your coffee beans in a dark and cool place away from moisture and heat. You don’t want to speed up the degassing process or stimulate an oxidation process. This will have your coffee stale in no time.

Sum Up

Although the instructions for doing a French press coffee bloom could seem long and intimidating, the process, in reality, takes quite a short time and is really pleasant.

It’s very interesting how little steps, a few minutes and a difference in texture could all affect the brewing of coffee.

So, always try to use a timer until you get the hang of the timing, and don’t skip the blooming for an enhanced, full-flavored cup of coffee. This makes all the difference when doing a French press coffee bloom.

Lastly, remember that the right cup of coffee can change your whole mood.

Stay caffeinated friends!

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