How to brew a french press


Brewing coffee with a French press is a straightforward and classic method that produces a rich and full-bodied cup of coffee. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

You'll need:

  • French press
  • Freshly ground coffee (coarse grind)
  • Hot water (just off the boil)
  • Timer
  • Coffee mug


  1. Preparation:

    • Start by heating water to just below boiling point. Allow it to sit for a moment to reach the ideal temperature of around 195-205°F (90-96°C).
    • While the water is heating, measure out the desired amount of coffee. A common ratio is 1:15 or 1:16, meaning 1 part coffee to 15 or 16 parts water.
    • Grind the coffee beans to a coarse consistency, resembling breadcrumbs or sea salt.
  2. Add Coffee Grounds:

    • Remove the plunger and lid from the French press.
    • Add the ground coffee to the bottom of the French press.
  3. Bloom (Optional but Recommended):

    • Pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds, just enough to wet them. This step is called blooming and helps release the coffee's flavors and gases.
    • Allow the coffee to bloom for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pouring Water:

    • Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds, starting from the center and working your way outward in a circular motion.
    • Ensure all the grounds are saturated with water. Be careful not to fill the French press to the brim.
  5. Stirring (Optional):

    • You can give the coffee a gentle stir with a spoon to ensure even extraction.
  6. Brewing Time:

    • Place the plunger on top of the French press but do not press it down yet.
    • Set a timer for about 4 minutes. This is the recommended brewing time, but you can adjust it slightly based on your taste preferences.
  7. Pressing the Plunger:

    • Once the timer goes off, slowly press down the plunger, applying even pressure to separate the coffee grounds from the liquid.
    • The plunger should be easy to press; if it feels too hard, your grind may be too fine.
  8. Pour and Enjoy:

    • Pour the brewed coffee into your coffee mug.
    • French press coffee is best enjoyed immediately. Avoid leaving the coffee in the press as it may become bitter.

French press coffee offers a full-bodied flavor and robustness that highlights the coffee's natural oils and richness. With a bit of experimentation in coffee-to-water ratios and brewing times, you can fine-tune the process to your liking and enjoy a delightful cup of coffee every time.


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