Once you have started to make coffee at home, using the French press, you might have heard about the James Hoffman French press method.
In this article, I’ll go over how to make coffee while using the James Hoffmann French press technique.
I’ve been trying this technique at home for a while now, and all I can say is that this is indeed a really good French press method.
Down below, you will read all about how the James Hoffmann method works and how it differs from the regular French press method most of us use.
After that, you’ll find a brewing guide so you can try this technique out for yourself. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, and let’s get into it!
How the James Hoffmann technique works
While thoroughly looking at the YouTube video James Hoffmann has uploaded on YouTube, I am now fully blown away by how easy this technique is and how more delicious the coffee tastes than the most commonly used French press methods.
The James Hoffmann French press technique works differently from the regular techniques commonly used.
It takes more time to finish brewing, but the extra time will give you so much more flavor and, ultimately, a better coffee in return.
The technique uses a great combination of extra steps to create a very different tasting cup of coffee. Have a look below at how it differs from the regular French press technique.
How does it differ from the “normal” French press method?
While going through James Hoffmann’s video and trying out his technique at home for a bit of time and also comparing it to the “normal” technique, I can say that James Hoffmann’s technique will give you a brighter coffee.
Have a look below for all the ways this technique differs from the “normal” French press technique:
|Difference:||James Hoffmann technique:||Normal technique:|
|Grind size||Medium to coarse grind size||Medium to coarse grind size|
|Blooming?||No blooming||Yes, 30 seconds|
|Water temperature||92°C (or 197°F)||92°C (or 197°F)|
|Steep time||4 minutes||4 minutes and 30 seconds|
|Stirring?||Remove coffee crust||No stirring or removing crust|
|Waiting time||Additional 5 to 8 minutes of waiting||No additional waiting time|
The coffee that is made while using the James Hoffmann technique will taste bright and really balanced.
Although this can be a good thing for most, you might not enjoy it too much.
The bold and strong flavors found in French press coffee will no longer be there because of the extra filtering that James uses.
I usually drink French press coffee for the strong flavors that can only be found when brewing coffee using the French press.
French press coffee made using the James Hoffmann technique gets closer in flavor to coffee made while using a pour over brewer like the Chemex.
While it is fun to have tried this technique multiple times, I can say that I prefer using the “normal” technique. This way, I get to use all of my coffee brewers, which produce their own uniquely flavored coffee.
The James Hoffmann technique will work great for those who like to drink coffee with sweeter, more balanced flavors and want to use a French press to get there.
Down below, I’ll explain the James Hoffmann method in-depth so you’ll have a clear explanation of how this technique differs:
James Hoffmann French press method explained
I’ve made coffee using the Hoffmann technique multiple times now. I can say for sure that this method brings a whole other level to drinking French press coffee. Let me explain further:
Because of the extra steps involved in brewing this coffee, you’ll create a very different coffee from the regular technique.
The first steps are the same when compared to the normal brewing technique. However, this all changes when continuing on.
As you’ll see a bit further down, you’ll not bloom the coffee but instead move on to let the coffee steep for four minutes, which is shorter than usual.
Then, you’ll break the coffee crust that has formed and remove it. By breaking the crust, you’ll let the coffee grounds slide to the bottom of the beaker.
While the coffee grounds slide down to the bottom, the little pieces and stuff you don’t want in your coffee go down as well.
This will result in a more clear cup of coffee with an exceptional flavor profile. You can also play around with different coffee roasts to get a unique flavor every time!
But there is more difference between the regular French press method and the way James Hoffmann makes his French press coffee:
After removing the coffee crust, you’ll let the coffee steep for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. I like to go for 6 minutes.
After those additional minutes, you’ll press down on the coffee plunger, so the ground coffee gets pushed down to the bottom.
James Hoffmann uses the plunger as a sieve rather than a plunger to get the ground coffee to the bottom of the coffee pot.
Because you’ve already removed the coffee crust, most (if not all) of the ground coffee is already at the bottom.
Finally, there is the pouring of your French press coffee. While pouring your coffee, you want to make sure not to use all the coffee in the beaker.
Leave a bit of coffee in the beaker, as this contains most of the little particles and slush.
Why you should use good quality filtered water to make coffee
Whenever you are going to make any coffee at home, you want to make sure you are using clean tap water. If you don’t have excess to clean tap water and have a lot of chlorine in it, you might want to consider using bottled water instead.
If you are making coffee at home using water with some kind of taste to it, your coffee will probably taste like it too.
Did you know a good cup of joe is made up of about 98% water?
Down below you’ll find the brewing guide to making French press coffee while using the James Hoffmann technique:
James Hoffmann French press brewing guide
Let’s begin with the recipe for this French press technique. First off, you want to start by collecting all the things you need, so you’ve got everything near you.
Make sure you’ve got the French press, coffee beans, coffee grinder, and 2 spoons to start this method.
James Hoffmann uses 30 grams of coffee to 500 grams of water for his French press brewing technique, which will brew two cups of coffee. You can use 15 grams of coffee to 250 grams of water for a single cup of coffee.
Step 1. Grind your coffee beans in a medium/ coarse setting. You don’t want the coffee beans to be too fine, as this will result in a lot of slush in your cup of coffee. While grinding too coarse will make your coffee have a slightly sour taste to it.
Step 2. Add your ground coffee to the beaker of your French press.
Step 3. Boil your water. Once the water has come to a boil, let it sit on your kitchen counter for 30 seconds.
Step 4. Slowly pour the water on the coffee beans. Now, steep your coffee and set your timer to 4 minutes.
Step 5. Once the time has passed, remove the crust that has formed on top of your coffee using the spoons. Scoop the crust and throw it out. The small bits of coffee left will now sink to the bottom of the French press beaker.
Step 6. Wait for at least 5 and up to 8 minutes (I like to use 6 minutes) until moving on to the next step. This will make the coffee beans settle on the bottom of your beaker.
Step 7. Once the time has passed, add the plunger to your French press. Slowly start pushing down until you’ve reached the surface of the coffee.
You do not want to go all the way down as this will disrupt the beans, and this will impact the flavors and will not give you the satisfaction of a very clean tasting cup of coffee this method has to offer.
Step 8. Pour the coffee into your mug, leaving the last bit of coffee behind in your French press. This last bit of coffee contains a lot of coffee slush you are trying to avoid.
Step 9. Your coffee is now done. Enjoy your cup of coffee, and don’t forget to clean your coffee equipment.
Tip: Learn about four easy ways to clean your French press to get it brand-new looking!
- 15 grams of coffee beans
- 1 cup (0.24 l) of water
- Grind your coffee beans medium/ coarse.
- Add your ground coffee to the beaker of your French press.
- Boil the water.
- Once the water has boiled. Let it sit on your kitchen counter for 30 seconds before moving on to the next step.
- Slowly pour the water into the beaker, directly onto the ground coffee.
- Set your time for four minutes.
- After the four minutes have passed, Remove the coffee crust that has formed on top of your brew. With two spoons, scoop the crust and throw it out.
- Wait for 5 to 8 minutes until moving on.
- Add the plunger to the French press and slowly press it.
- Don't go all the way to the bottom, the plunger works like a sieve for this brewing technique.
- Slowly pour your brewed coffee out of the beaker, making sure to leave a bit of coffee behind (this has all the coffee sludge).
- You're now ready to enjoy this delicious French press coffee.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1
If you want to learn more about this technique, I suggest visiting James Hoffmann on YouTube. You can also click down here, as this will bring you straight to the video of James Hoffmann explaining his brewing method for the French press:
In this article, I explained the Hoffman method of brewing French press at home. This method will cost you a bit more time than using any other technique. However, I can’t stress it enough to give it a try.
Is James Hoffmann French press coffee really good? Yes, the coffee brewing technique is great, and you’ll be amazed by the difference in taste that the Hoffman method will bring to the table.
Do you know more French press methods I could try out, or do you have any coffee questions? Then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!
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