French Press

Posted by William Mowen on

 The French Press is easy to brew with and highly consistent, yielding multiple heavy-bodied cups in just 4 minutes. It's origin dates back to 1929 and the design remains virtually unchanged over time.


Items Needed

  • French Press

You can purchase a cheap French Press on Amazon for around $15.00-$20.00. We DO NOT recommend buying an expensive model. Cheaper models tend to yield the same quality brew and, if you need to replace it at some point, it won't break the bank. But we recommend purchasing one you enjoy!

  • Fresh Coffee

In General: Preferably grind prior to brewing using a coarse grind. The fresher, the better. Try to use a coffee that has been roasted anywhere from 2 days to 1 month. 

  • Water

If you only have chemical-treated water available from your faucet, we recommend picking up a $0.75 gallon jug from the grocery store, spring water or filtered water. The chemical-treated water will alter the cold-brews taste, regardless of the quality of the coffee used. 

  • Kettle

We like electric gooseneck kettles. They are decently priced, hold up for many years, and often come with a temperature display. The gooseneck makes pouring more accurate; a sauce pan can be quite unpredictable and is dangerous with hot water. 

  • Spoon

We enjoy wooden spoons as they're not as likely to scratch the inside of the press. Just make sure that the spoon is long enough to reach the bottom of the press while leaving you enough room to keep your fingers out of the hot water. 

  • Drinking Vessel

Anything that you want to drink or serve your coffee out of. You can purchase a carafe, use a mason jar (if it states it can hold hot liquid), a coffee mug, the carafe from an automatic drip coffeemaker, etc. 

Optional & Recommended

  • Kitchen Scale

Kitchen scales allow for more accurate brewing and necessary alterations. You would use this for measuring both the coffee and the water. You can purchase one of these for around $10.00.

  • Burr Grinder

Burr grinders allow for a consistent and even grind level. If you have one of these at home, grind your coffee medium to fine. Hand grinders work well. If not available, have your roaster grind your coffee according to your preference! Whole bean coffee will also keep fresh longer than ground.

  • Timer

Your phone should do this fine. You can use this to make your brewing more accurate. If not available, you can count in your head or just estimate. 



1. Weigh & Grind
    • Use roughly 6g/1Tbsp of coffee per 100g/0.5C of water (Note: water weighs equally in milliliters and grams).
    • If using a 32oz/1L French Press (shown), this will be equivalent to 60g/10Tbsp of coffee per 1000g/1L of water
    • If a burr grinder is available, use a coarse grind. Whole bean coffee will remain fresh longer than ground. Grinding before brewing can yield a much better cup.
2. Measure & Boil Water
    • If a scale is not available, we recommend measuring your water. This will still get you a good estimate of your ratios. 
    • If a scale is available, fill your kettle to an appropriate level and heat; you will measure water as you pour. 
    • If your kettle does not have a thermometer, bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and let cool for 30-60 seconds. 
3. Prepare for Brewing
    • Place measured grounds into the bottom of the French press. 
    • If using a scale, place on the scale and tare/set to zero.
    • If using a timer, set the timer to 4 minutes. 
4. Begin Brewing, Pouring Hot Water Over Grounds
    • Begin slowly pouring water over the grounds in a circular motion, ensuring all of the grounds are fully saturated. 
    • Continue this until you have reached your desired water level, using either weight or volume. 
    • Use a spoon to stir the grounds in the bottom, ensuring there are no dry spots, and start your timer. 
5. After 4 Minutes, Prepare Plunging
    • Remove the lid and use a spoon to scoop some of the grounds off of the top. This reduces over-extraction and the amount of coffee solids in your cup.
    • Place lid back on and plunge. Serve immediately. 
    • If you are not serving immediately after, pour the coffee into another vessel, such as a carafe. Leaving the coffee in the press will keep it in contact with the grounds at the bottom and lead to over-extraction. 



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