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How to Use a French Press to Brew a Classic Kona Coffee

Good morning, fellow coffee lovers! Today, we embark on a journey to brew the perfect cup of Kona coffee using a French press. But be warned – this is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, skill, and a willingness to embrace the dark side of coffee. Yes, my friends, we are going deep into the black hole of caffeine addiction, where the only way out is through a cup of rich, dark Kona coffee. So, put on your hazmat suits and grab your French press, because we're about to brew some liquid gold. And who knows – by the end of this guide, you might just have a newfound appreciation for the art of coffee brewing, or you might just be more addicted than ever before. Either way, let's get brewing!


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The French press is perfect for 'big body' coffees like Kona

What you will need is a French press, a hot water kettle, a thermometer, and a scale. We don't recommend water that is free from minerals, just use regular spring water. And for this particular style of coffee, use a medium dark/full-city roast Kona coffee bean.

  1. Start by boiling some fresh water, but don't let it get too hot, or you'll end up with a cup of charred sadness. We recommend using temperatures between 185F to 190F.

  2. Grind your Kona coffee beans to a medium-coarse consistency. This is like Goldilocks – not too fine, not too coarse – just right. Imagine between your thumb and index fingers, rock salt-sized coffee.

  3. Add the coffee grounds to your French press, but be sure to use enough coffee to make you feel alive, or what's the point? For a cup of coffee just for yourself... 20g is plenty.

  4. Pour 340ml of hot water over the coffee grounds and watch them come to life like zombies rising from the dead. Let it sit for 30 seconds to let the "blooming" process do its thing.

  5. Give the coffee grounds on the top a gentle stir, as if you're conducting a symphony, to ensure all the grounds are wet.

  6. Wait with patience, what I usually do is hold the right button on my iPhone and ask Siri to "Set a timer for 5 minutes". And go about doing other things that don't take more than 5 minutes.

  7. After 5 minutes, place the plunger on top of the glass vessel, and slowly press it down, as if you're crushing your enemies, to separate the brewed coffee from the grounds.

  8. To prevent the tiny little annoying coffee grounds from getting into your mouth, pour the brewed coffee slowly into your cup and take a sip, as if you're tasting the secrets of the universe. Enjoy the rich, dark flavor of Kona coffee – it's like a warm hug from a friend who knows all your darkest secrets.

Congratulations, coffee adventurer! You've just brewed a delicious cup of Kona coffee using a French press. But if you're looking for a reliable and flavorful coffee that's perfect for French press brewing, look no further than our Captain Cook Series-styled Kona Coffee Beans.

This single-origin espresso roast has just the right balance of boldness and sweetness to make your taste buds sing.


Happy Brewing!

Matthew Lu

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