This vegan Vanilla French Press Coffee is flavored with vanilla extract, is ready in minutes, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on How to Make French Press Coffee.
There are precious few moments in life when taking the lazy option leads to perfection– but French press coffee is laziness at its finest. There are no filters to buy or change, no buttons to push, and no cords to plug in, and yet the coffee is, almost without fail, flavorful, rich, and delicious.
If you’ve gazed curiously at these inexpenive contraptions, but didn’t buy one because you weren’t sure how to use them– this post is for you. If you DID buy a French press, but it’s been sitting, unused and lonely, in the back of a cabinet– this post is for you. If you use your French press regularly, and want to shake things up with some flavored coffee concoctions– keep reading, because this recipe for Vanilla French Press Coffee will give you a lightly flavored, rich coffee that’s ready in minutes!
How to Make French Press Coffee (with Troubleshooting)
Basically, brewing French press coffee involves just a few steps– First, boil water, then let it cool for one minute. Next, pour the hot water into your press over coarsely ground coffee, leaving the plunger up. Then, set a timer for 4 minutes, and once the timer dings– press down the plunger. Finally, drink your coffee. That’s it folks– it’s simple!!! There are a few places, however, when things can go wrong, but they’re incredibly easy to avoid!
Problem one: Scorched coffee grounds. Make sure you let the water cool down for one minute. (You can also use a thermometer to check and see when the water has reached 195ºF. Full disclosure– I never check it with a thermometer. But you can, if you want to). Using boiling water directly on your coffee grounds can scorch them and give them a burnt flavor.
Problem two: Fine coffee grounds leak through the filter. Open up your French press, and look at the size of the filter holes. They’re small, but not microscopic. For the best results, use a coarsely ground coffee. I have, with decent results, used pre-ground coffee from a bag, but coarsely ground is the best option. Whatever you do, avoid using ‘espresso ground’ or very finely ground beans, because they’ll slip right through your filter.
Problem three: Bitter coffee. There’s a reason you set a timer for four minutes when you pour in the hot water– that’s how long you want the coffee to brew. Once you push down the plunger, the brewing process DOES NOT STOP. You need to get the brewed coffee away from the grounds after you plunge down the filter. Either serve your coffee immediately, or use a thermal carafe.
Making Vanilla French Press Coffee
Once you’ve figured out the ins and outs of your French press, you can start playing around with your coffee techniques. Try grinding your own beans, see if you prefer dark or light roasted beans, and, of course– add flavoring. For Vanilla French Press Coffee– simply add a little vanilla extract in with the coffee grounds, and then proceed as usual.
Do you use a French press? Let me know in the comments!
Before I say goodbye for the day– here’s a big “THANK YOU!” to my momma for letting me run off with her favorite pretty (and extra photogenic) French press pot set. Isn’t it adorable!?! Thanks mom!
French Press Tutorial
- For the best tasting coffee, use coarsely ground beans. DO NOT use finely ground coffee, as it will slip through the mesh sieve on the press.
- Use approximately 2 tablespoons of coffee per 8 ounces of water.
- Don’t scorch your coffee beans. Technically, the water should be at 195ºF, slightly less than boiling (212ºF). If you don’t want to use a thermometer, just bring the water to a boil, and then let it sit off heat for one minute.
- Let the coffee brew for four minutes, and then lower the press’ plunger.
- Either drink the coffee immediately, or pour coffee into a thermal carafe. Allowing the coffee to sit in the press with the coffee grounds can make your drink bitter.
Vanilla French Press Coffee
Makes 16oz coffee (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup (4 TB) coarsely ground coffee beans
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- To Serve (optional): milk, creamer, or milk substitute
- French Press
Bring water to a boil, and then let it sit for 1 minute off-heat.
Add coffee grounds to French press, add vanilla extract, and then hot water. Add French press lid, but don't lower the plunger. Let sit 4 minutes. Lower plunger.
Serve coffee immediately, with milk if desired. If not serving coffee immediately, pour coffee into a separate container or thermal carafe to prevent it from getting bitter while sitting with the grounds.