how to use a french press

How To Use a Coffee Press?

Coffee Press, also known as French Press and Plunger Pot, is the most famous method of brewing coffee among coffee enthusiasts all around the globe. It is considered to be an exceptionally pure method of brewing. As it allows all the proteins and the natural oils in your coffee grounds to be present in your final cup of coffee. Also, since there is no use of filter paper in this method, there wouldn’t be any contamination whatsoever in the final taste of your coffee, and you are going to love it.

coffee press complete

Want to know the best part?

It is extremely easy to make coffee using a coffee press. And we are going to help you do just that. Follow these simple steps and make yourself some pretty amazing coffee!

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Coffee beans
  • Water
  • Coffee press

And some patience

If you are preparing coffee for 3 to 4 servings, which is approximately 32 ounces of coffee, take half cup (51g) of coffee beans and four cups of water.
Likewise, if you are preparing coffee for two serving, fill the cup one-fourth with the coffee beans and take two cups of water.
In general, take 6 ounces of water for every two tablespoons of coffee.


1. First step, Grinding the beans

Use the coffee grinder to grind the beans. If you like your coffee strong, grind it in coarsest setting and if you like your coffee weak, grind it in the finer setting. If you don’t like the taste of your coffee, try grinding your coffee in a different setting next time. As a rule of hand, remember, the coarser the beans, the stronger the taste.

grinding coffee


Try to grind your coffee beans just before a couple of minutes of brewing, it will ensure coffee doesn’t get oxidized and stale. Grinding coffee beans beforehand and storing it in the container will make coffee ground go stale and oxidized, ultimately making your coffee taste excessively bitter. We are sure that’s not the type of coffee you want to prepare.

2. Step two, let the water boil

Take one cup of water for one serving of coffee and let it boil for sometime just slightly below the boiling temperature of the water using a kettle. 91 degrees Celsius is the best temperature for boiling the water. After the water has been boiled, let it cool down for a minute before making coffee.
Also be sure to ensure the water you are using doesn’t taste bad. If the tap water doesn’t taste well, use bottled or filtered water instead.

boiling water

3. Step three, Mixing coffee and water

Instead of pouring all the water into the press at once, try pouring half of the water in the press and add coffee grounds to it.
Let the mixture of coffee ground and water sit for a minute. The grounds will start floating on the top of mixture and form a thick layer. At this stage use a spoon to thoroughly mix the water and grounds.

pouring water into press

Grounds and water will mix more properly if you use the spoon in up and down motion while stirring instead of general circular motion.

After ground and water have been mixed, pour remaining boiled water in the press and let it settle completely.

Also, you can pour all of the water at once along with coffee grounds but it will be difficult to stir the mixture in a proper manner.

Side note:

Coffee presses come with different types of pots. And yes, we are not kidding but the pot too has an impact on the final taste of coffee. Generally, glass pot coffee has a better and refined taste than plastic press coffee. Though if you travel around with your coffee press, it is better to use plastic pot as it won’t get broken easily.

4. Step 4, letting the coffee brew

Close the lid of the press and let the coffee sit. You need to have little patience here. Let the coffee sit ideally for a couple of minutes. This allows the coffee to get steep. Also, you will realize as you start experimenting, certain types of coffee grounds need more brewing time and certain types of coffee grounds need less brewing time.

coffee brew

Ideally, you should let your coffee brew for around 5 minutes before pressing down the press. But if you feel your coffee is not steep as you want it to be, next time let the coffee brew for even longer.

5. Pushing down the press

Once the coffee has been brewed, it’s time to push down the press. But wait, you don’t want to push it down too harshly and spoil the taste of coffee. When the press is pushed too hard, coffee gets agitated and its taste becomes bitter.

coffee press

The press needs to be pushed down gently all the way to the end. If you feel there is certain resistance while you are trying to push the press down, pull the press all the way over to the top and start again.

6. Final step, Enjoy your coffee

After the press has been plunged to the bottom, the coffee is ready to serve. But don’t wait much before pouring the coffee into the cup. Pour the coffee immediately into the cup to enjoy the coffee at its best.

coffee press pour

End of the line:

Coffee is more like a natural product and just like any other fresh and natural product, it doesn’t make any sense to buy it in bulk. Instead, try buying coffee beans frequently in small amount as per use. You will enjoy the taste of your coffee lot better at its peak of freshness.

Once you get familiar with the amount of coffee ground required, time for which it has to be brewed and all those other little details which generally gets ignored, you are going to make everyone around fall in love with your coffee. And by the way, you can also your coffee press to make cold brew coffee.

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