6 Tips for Plunger Coffee Brewing

Coffee tastes delicious when it has been brewed in a coffee plunger. While it is a relatively slow brewing method, the amazing aroma serves as a constant reminder that it's well worth the wait.

This slower brewing time is what gives the coffee its richer taste. A coffee plunger allows the coffee to brew without being exposed to pressure or the boiling process. This results in a taste that is quite different from coffee machines.

You can also control the amount of ground coffee and water you use, as well as water temperature, to create a brew just the way you like it. Our simple tips to follow below shares some top tips on how to make plunger coffee to the highest standard.

1. Grind your Coffee
Grind fresh coffee immediately before you start. Freshly ground coffee makes a significant difference.

2. Preheat your cup and plunger
Preheat your cup and plunger with hot boiled water.

3. Add grinded coffee to the plunger
Add to the plunger, ground coffee see table for reccommend amounts

350 mls

800 mls

1000 mls

2 1/2 heaped tablespoons

6 heaped tablespoons

8 heaped tablespoons

4. Add hot, not boiling, water.
Add hot, not boiling, water. Pouring water that is too hot risks burning your ground coffee which will add a nasty bitter taste to your brew. Gently stir to mix the ground beans with the hot water. With the plunger pulled all the way up, place the lid back on top of the glass jar. Be careful not to chip the glass when stirring.

5. Allowing the coffee to brew
Wait 3-5 minutes to brew, allowing the coffee to infuse, then depress the plunger slowly to avoid spillage, and to keep all the coffee below the mesh. Avoid sediment in your cup by not plunging all the way to the bottom. Push ¾ of the way down.

6. Time to serve
Pouring slowly will also limit the sediment in your cup.

If you are having difficulty pushing the plunger down, stop pushing and pull slightly upwards, then continue pushing down.

Serve immediately - as the coffee will grow bitter if left too long in the plunger.

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