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How To Make A French Press Coffee (Brew Tips)

Are you searching how to make a French Press coffee correctly? If so this is the guide for you.

There are so many different little ways you can make this style of coffee! But all you need is this little guide to change your coffee brewing experience to a hot one.

History of The French Press

The first patent of a French press that resembles what we use today was patented by the Italians Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929.

The French press has undergone several design changes over the course of time.

The modern French press consists of a cylindrical beaker, made of glass or clear plastic, equipped with a metal or plastic lid.

The plunger fits tightly in the cylinder and has a fine stainless steel wire or nylon mesh filter.

Coffee is then brewed using course coffee grounds that are added to the French press along with hot water.

How To Make A French Press Coffee

Here is what you need to make that perfect cup in a press:

  • French Press Coffee Maker
  • (45 grams) of Craft Coffee Beans
  • Water Ratio of 1gram coffee to 17g hot water and additional for rinsing French Press (765grams hot water)
  • Pour Over Kettle
  • Stirring utensil (Wood or Plastic Prefered)
  • Timer (often built in to scales)
  • Mug
  • Grinder (recommended)
  • Coffee Scales

Things to Do Prior To Brewing

Ensure your French Press is clean and try pouring hot water into cylinder first with plunger down and letting it sit for a few seconds. Now tip out water and begin.

It is recommended starting with high quality whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder before brewing for best results.

Try not to grind the coffee too early, as it may quickly lose it’s amazing attributes that give it it’s full flavour.

Using a scale takes out the guesswork and really makes brewing easier, eliminate any variables that could result in a bad brew. Consistancy is key when brewing with any manual coffee makers.

Selecting The Grind Coarseness

The grind coarseness is very important for all different types of coffee beans.

The French Press grind is to be (Coarse). It should be a little finer than bread crumbs or rock salt particles.

Adjusting your settings on your hand grinder to perfect your grind may take a little trial and error.

But the results will be a smooth, rich and pure coffee.

How To Make A French Press – Secret Steps To Success

Step 1.

Warm up the French Press with very hot water. Fill cylinder to top and let it sit for a few seconds. Tip this water out just before adding ground coffee.

Step 2.

Measure & grind your top quality coffee to a course setting (a little finer than bread crumbs) This recipe is using around 45grams of coffee.

Step 3.

Time (minutes) 0:00Start

Add ground coffee into empty cylinder (45g).

Straight away add hot water. Water ratio is 1gram coffee to 17grams of water. (Eg, 765grams) And start your stop watch straight away once you start adding water.

Fill cylinder only halfway covering all the coffee grounds, leaving no dry spots of coffee.

Step 4 of How To Make A French Press Coffee

Time (minutes) 1:00 – 4.00

Now stir your brew at the 1 minute timer mark uisng a wooden or plastic spoon. (Metal can break the French Press)

This is totally up to you, stir if you like or don’t. Break up the coffee crust sitting at top of the water so that all grounds are mixed in with the water.

Step 5.

Add more water and fill right up to the metal ring.

Put the top of the French Press on and allow the remaining time to pass to the 4 minute mark.

This will allow the ground coffee to mix properly with H2O and let the chemical reaction happen.

This process should be sending out delisious aromas.

Step 6.

Time (minutes) 4:00

Push down the plunger using a steady firm force all the way to the bottom of cylinder.

Step 7.


Serve straight away into your favourite coffee mug to avoid over extracting the coffee.

Coffee will become bitter if it sits in French Press for too long.

Enjoy your French Press made coffee in the comfort of your own home. Ahh!

Step 8.

Clean – up!

French Press cleaning is best done by adding a little water to the used grounds and swirling around for a second.

Now dispose of grounds either in the bin or compost.

How To Make A French Press Coffee Verdict

With a little practice and help you will be making your best coffee in no time using the French Press!

The French Press is the original method of making coffee from home and probably the cheapest.

All you have to do once you have the perfect extraction is now heat some milk if you would prefer either in a milk jug on the stove or heat in the microwave.

But if black coffee is your thing just add a sweetner or not.

Good luck and may your coffee hot and tasty!

Read our other helpful coffee guides below depending on your style of brewing:

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