How to make coffee with a french press

How To Use A French Press Coffee Maker

How to Use a French Press - Step by Step

If you are dreaming of how to make that perfect cup of French Press coffee, but are worried about not doing brewing it the right way. The good news is that its really not that hard, stay tuned and I will walk you through the brewing process.

Brewing with a French Press is what is called full immersion brewing which translates to the water being in constant contact with the coffee grounds during entire brewing process.

Today, you are unlikely to find any other method that is easier to brew coffee than with a French press.Even with it being easy to use, some people are hesitant to try this brewing coffee with a French Press because they are concerned that they won’t do it right or it won’t taste as good as it could or should.

So lets talk about brewing coffee with a French Press in detail.

Essential Equipment

What is so great about using a French Press is that its so easy to make a great coffee that its almost to good to believe. So how you do it? Let me give you my general recipe on what you should do.

How To Make Coffee using a French Press

1. Preheat the French Press

This is often overlooked but important step for any immersion or pour over brewing method. Its done by simply adding hot water to the press and moving it around a little. After you do that just discard that water.

2. Weigh Out Your Coffee

Now use a ratio of 15 to 1 (water to coffee) to measure how much coffee you want. I usually use 20 grams of coffee and 300 grams of water. You can modify this to 16 or 17 to one depending on your taste.

3. Grind Your Coffee

Once you have that measured out, grab your burr grinder and put it on a coarse setting. Now put your coffee in and grind away.

4. Measure Out and Heat Water

At this point you may want to start heating up your water in your kettle and allow the temperature reach between 195 to 205 F or if you don’t have a temperature gauge, let the kettle sit for 30 seconds after it begins to boil.

5. Tare Your Scale

Pull out your scale and put your French Press on it and tare the scale so that it says zero. Once this is done pour in your ground coffee and verify that is says 20g (in this example) … Once that’s done, tare it again so its at zero.

While your waiting for the water to reach the proper temperature, get your timer out and turn it on.

6. Add Hot Water

Once your water is at the right temperature, start your timer and pour in 60 grams of water. If your coffee is fresh you will see what they call “the bloom“. Let it sit for 30 seconds and then pour in the remaining water until you get to 300 grams of water.

7. Put The Lid On and Wait

Put the plunger on your French press Carafe but DO NOT plunge and let the coffee brew until you get to 4 minutes.

8. Press the Plunger

At 4 minutes press the French press plunger slowly and gently. Stick to the weight of your hand when pressing to get best results. 

9. Pour the Coffee into Another Container

Once you do this don’t let it sit in the French Press as it will continue to brew, besides you want to drink now anyway don’t you? So let it decant in another container or pour it in your favorite coffee mug and enjoy!

Here is a video of the entire process.

How to Clean A French Press

A dirty coffee maker will always produce less then optimal coffee – regardless of the type. Most of the French presses in the market are easy to disassemble and clean.

Start by removing the plunger Now, fill the carafe with warm water halfway and swish the water to loosen the coffee grounds that might be stuck.

Hold the mesh straighter over your kitchen sink. Pour the French press’ contents into it. Dump the strainer containing the coffee grounds into the garbage or better yet put them in your compost. (Here are some other ideas for your used coffee grounds)

Next, add some warm water and some dish soap and put your plunger back on. Pump severally to remove the coffee stains and oil  Use your bottle brush with some baking soda to scrub the stubborn residues away. Rinse properly and use a dry soft cloth to dry. 

If you do not have the time to do all that, you can use the dishwasher, if the French press is dishwasher safe but what fun is their in that?

Final Thoughts

Making coffee with a French Press is easy, fun and can produce an incredible cup of coffee. Its great way to make coffee whether you are making just one cup or for a group of people as you only have to do it once either way.

If you combine the French Press with Fresh Roasted Coffee, proper grind, water temperature and right amount of coffee you will consistently have great tasting coffee for years to come.