Pressing your tea for want of a better phrase has some excellent benefits. The press provides ample space for the tea leaves to expand and infuse. The mesh on the plunger acts as a filter for pesky tea leaves in your finished brew, and it's useful for mixing up a batch of herbal tea. What's not to love about this handy piece of equipment? Coffee lovers beware, your secret is out!
Follow this step-by-step recipe
Using hot water and a little soap, clean the French press, ensuring all coffee residue is removed from the carafe and plunger. Rinse in cool running water for approximately thirty seconds to remove all soap residue. Coffee residue can spoil the flavor of your tea.
Each tea has a specific water temperature requirement; you can find this information on the packaging. For example, herbal teas require a temperature of 212 F and Oolong tea a temperature of 185 F. Once you have determined the temperature needed, heat the water and use a thermometer to check the temperature.
Pour some water into the press and swirl it around; discard this water and place the press near the kettle to keep warm.
Follow the measurement instructions on the packaging depending on the type of tea you are brewing. Then, add the tea leaves to the French press. For most teas, a measurement of 5 grams per six ounces of water is recommended, but you can increase this to suit your personal taste.
Fill the press with hot water and allow the tea leaves to gently steep. The length of time you allow the tea leaves to brew will depend on the type of tea. For example, green tea usually requires 1 – 3 minutes of brewing, while white and oolong teas require 2-5 minutes.
When the tea has brewed for the required time, depress the plunger and pour the tea.