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What is the Best Water Temperature for French Press Coffee?

Henry Muller

Do you risk scorching your coffee with boiling water or settle for a disappointing lukewarm cup? If you're anything like me, you know that finding the sweet spot for your French press coffee can be a bit frustrating.

While the coffee grind, roast, and beans all play a role in brewing a perfect cup of French press coffee, one factor that is often overlooked is the right water temperature.

Too hot, and you'll end up with a mouthful of bitter regret. Too cold, and your coffee will be weak and unfulfilling. So, what is the ideal temperature to brew French press?

Let's find out once and for all what is the best water temperature that makes a perfect cup of French press coffee.

How does the water temperature affect the quality of French press coffee?

First things first - let's talk about the science behind water temperature and coffee extraction. When the water is too hot, it can over-extract the coffee, leading to a bitter taste.

If the water is too cold, it won't extract enough flavor, resulting in a weak and unsatisfying cup of coffee. So, finding the right water temperature is crucial to achieving a delicious cup of French press coffee.

What is the best water temperature for French press coffee?

The best water temperature for brewing French press coffee is between 90-96°C (195-205°F) This temperature range allows for the optimal extraction of coffee flavors and aromas, leading to a delicious and flavorful cup of coffee. 

It's also important to note that different coffee blends and roasts can require slightly different brewing temperatures, so it's worth experimenting with different temperatures to find the perfect one for your coffee.

Should you use a thermometer to brew better French press coffee?

Using a thermometer can be a helpful way to ensure that your water is at the correct temperature for brewing French press coffee. No more guessing and hoping for the best!

Simply heat the water to the desired temperature and voila – perfect coffee every time. But if you don't own a thermometer, don't worry. There's a simple trick you can use.

After boiling the water, leave it in the kettle for 30 to 60 seconds before pouring it over your coffee grounds. This should get you pretty close to the ideal water temperature.

Does the type of roast matter with water temperature?

The type of roast you're using can greatly impact the ideal water temperature. For light roast coffees, water at a high temperature can help extract delicate flavors and aromas.

These coffees can be challenging to extract, so a little extra heat can be necessary. On the other hand, when brewing dark or medium roasts, it's best to take the temperature down to 200 °F or even lower.

This is because using a higher temperature can result in bitter flavors being extracted, which can ruin the taste of the coffee.

Wrapping up

Now that you know the ideal water temperature range for French press coffee, there's no excuse for a bad cup. Remember, aim for 90-96°C (195-205°F), use a thermometer if you have one, and adjust the temperature based on the type of roast you're using.

With these tips, you'll be able to enjoy a consistently delicious cup of French press coffee. So go ahead, put the kettle on, and enjoy your perfectly brewed cup of coffee.


Henry Muller

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I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...