Individual taste is a huge factor in choosing the right coffee, but there are particular types of beans, grinds and roasts that are well suited for a French Press. If you have read our article on the best way to make espresso in a French Press (and if you haven’t I suggest you head over and give it a look), you will know that we offer some opinions on this and we will go into some of reasons for those choices in this article as well as our favorite brands.
Individual taste aside, for the sweetest richest coffee, we recommend a Coarse Grind and a medium to Dark Roast as the best type of Coffee for the French Press. You should always freshly grind your coffee if possible. Our top 5 picks are:
1. Real Good Coffee Co Whole Bean Coffee
2. Stumptown Coffee Roasters French Roast Whole Bean Organic Coffee
3. Stone Street Coffee Cold Brew Coarsely Ground Coffee
4. Koffee Kult Whole Colombian Coffee Beans – Road Dog Blend
Below you will find our recommendations of the 5 Best Coffee Brands for a French Press in 2022 and detailed reviews.
These French Roast coffee beans are made with 100% Arabica beans sourced from South and Central America and roasted in Seattle, USA. It is an extra bold dark roast coffee bean with a sweet finish and is absolutely delicious. The dark roast makes it perfect for the French Press.
Tasting notes from the roaster: “Our whole bean French Roast coffee features rich undertones of raspberry and dark chocolate, and an exotic hint of the Mediterranean spice anise”
This is a fantastic coffee at a reasonable price for the quality. In addition, in comes in a handy zip lock bag to help keep the beans fresher longer. To sum it up, I would say that this is “Real Good Coffee” (sorry).
Another French Roast, 100% Arabica bean. You may be starting to see a pattern here. This sumptuous and sustainable coffee delivers a full bodied experience with dark flavors like Clove and bittersweet dark chocolate
This is a really dark coffee and the beans have been specially selected to withstand a darker roast that really brings out the flavor and sweetness.
The authenticity and quality of the coffee beans are unquestionable here. If you’re in the market for a whole bean, organic, French roast, you cannot go wrong at this price point.
Yes, I know I said you need to freshly grind your own beans for the best flavor, but not everyone is going to have a grinder and sometimes it’s just easier to buy ground coffee. So if you are buying Ground Coffee, this is the best one for a French Press because of the coarse grind and strong flavor.
Even though it includes instructions for cold brewing, you can also use it for French press brewing. They use Dark-roasted Colombian Supremo beans which gives a fantastic nutty, chocolatey taste.
For a smooth and balanced coffee experience, this coffee has sweet notes and a low acidity level. It also has a one-way valve ensuring freshness while degassing. The Coffee is packaged in a resealable doypack which is great. Although, the coarse grinds may differ in size from fine to medium in some cases.
We’re going artisan and staying dark as usual for this magnificent blend from the family owned Koffee Kult Coffee Roasters.
They specialize in a dark roast which delivers oil free beans with a smooth flavor and balanced acidity.
This is a highly aromatic blend that features a full body and is complemented by spicy, earthy notes and just a hint of nutmeg.
Because of the strong flavors this is an excellent coffee for a French Press. The packaging is not innovative, when it comes to keeping the coffee fresh after opening, unlike some of it’s rivals.
Now we’re talking! According to the manufacturer this is the “Worlds Strongest Coffee”. Now I can’t confirm or deny that claim, but if you’re looking for something to kick you into gear in the morning and still tastes great, this is the coffee for you.
The strength is due to the small batch, slow roasting process, which effectively doubles the amount of caffeine compared to other brands. No additional caffeine or other additives are added during the process.
To taste, this is a smooth, subtle and bold flavor with notes of Cherry and Chocolate, without bitterness. In addition, they offer a no questions asked refund policy. So why not give it a try.
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Buying guide for the best coffee for French Presses
How big should the Coffee Grind be?
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record now, but my advice if you want the best tasting coffee is to grind the beans yourself. This way you can experiment until you find a grind that suits your personal taste. If you need a coffee grinder, please check out our article on the ultimate kitchen essentials, for some recommendations.
As mentioned previously, we recommend a coarse grind. If you grind coarsely, the hot water will have more surface area to penetrate. During steeping, carbon dioxide gasses slowly accumulate in the water, making the brew tastier. This may take a bit trial and error, but one handy is that if the grounds are too fine it will be difficult to press the plunger and if they’re too coarse there will be very little resistance. Try to find the balance. If you want to get really detailed on this, I found this great coffee grind chart from homegrounds.
Smaller grounds soak in less water, acids and oils directly from the bean and are extracted in a shorter period of time. In contrast, more extensive grounds require more time for extraction. For optimal flavor extraction, soak the grounds for approximately four minutes. Do not leave the coffee longer than this, as it will continue to brew and become too strong and essentially undrinkable. Just make enough for you and your guests or poor any extra into a flask for later.
When adding your water the simplest way to calculate how much coffee to use is the 1-10 ratio. Again this is completely down to personal preference as you may like your coffee stronger or weaker, but it is a good starting point. A handy way to quickly calculate this is to use your coffee grinder. If your grinder holds 50 grams, you should add 500 grams of water to the French Press.
Here’s a really good video we found to get the best from your French Press.
Is there a specific type of roast to use for French press coffee?
Personal preference is obviously the major factor here, but we highly recommend a dark or at least medium to dark roast if you’re using a French Press. There is a perception that darker roasts can be bitter, but that’s really not the case if you use a plunge pot and especially if you choose a great coffee bean from the list above.
Generally speaking, French press brewing is best performed with medium-dark and dark roasts due to their higher oil content. The different roast temperatures and roast times of coffee beans are listed below.
Beans that have been light roasted have a brown color and produce coffee that tastes distinctly acidic with a grainy, soft body. No oil is present on the beans’ surface; they are dry.
Medium-roasted beans are also dry and oil-free, like light-roasted beans. Nonetheless, it compares to a smoother, more balanced coffee that lacks a grainy taste. Besides having a medium brown color, the beans are also acidic.
In addition to being darker than previous roasts, these beans will have noticeably more oil on the outside. The coffee is smooth and balanced in medium-dark roasts with a less acidic taste and has a mild spice flavor.
Dark-colored beans almost look black when roasted in this way. Oil, and low acidity levels, contribute to the beans’ shiny surface. Dark-roasted coffee will have a strong, robust flavor, with Smokey, bitter, or burnt notes.
What’s The Best Packaging For Coffee?
What kind of packaging you use will affect how long your coffee stays fresh. By nature, coffee beans are highly perishable and should be stored in airtight containers. Paper bags without a seal are not the best way to store coffee.
Light, heat, excess moisture, and external odors can weaken the flavor of your carefully selected coffee, not to mention that the Beans also absorb these odors. If you want to preserve your Beans’ taste and shelf life, consider some of these packaging options.
An oval bottom and flat top characterize this type of packaging. It is designed to stand upright and to be small so that it can be stored easily. In addition, mesh bags often have a zipper near the top, making resealing the pack easier.
Quad seal bag:
These bags are sealed on all sides, hence their name. Because of their robust design, these bags can carry heavier weights of coffee. I like the fact that the bag keeps its shape and stands by itself. You might also find a resealable zipper built into the bag.
In some ways, this bag is similar to a quad seal bag, but the flat bottom, as its name suggests, and fold-over top make it different. Several bags may have integrated zippers, while others may be designed to stand upright without assistance due to their modular shape.
The opaque, airtight canisters, made from steel or plastic, ensure that the Beans remain shielded from light, oxygen, and moisture. However, there is one disadvantage of vacuum-sealing: the beans must be degassed before vacuum sealing to prevent them from expanding or exploding. As a result, the beans are initially losing flavor before they are packaged in tins.
A more traditional packaging option is a side-fold bag, which does not include a zipper. Rolling or folding the tops and securing the top with a sticker or tin tie is usually an effective way to close them securely.
If you want to purchase coffee in this bag, we recommend purchasing smaller quantities because this type of seal is not airtight. The front of most degassing pouches now comes with a one-way valve. A valve like this allows carbon dioxide gases to be released while preventing oxygen and other contaminants from entering, causing the packaging to remain fresh and flavored.
I really hoped you enjoyed this article. French Press coffee is my absolute favorite when I’m at home and it’s so simple to use, to get a great tasting coffee. Everyones taste differs and there are a huge amount of options available, but hopefully this will help guide you towards getting the best tasting coffee for your French Press. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
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