Brewing with a French Press is one of the most popular and easiest methods for brewing great coffee at home.  The French Press produces a rich and delicious cup of coffee. Please refer to the Brewing Basics Guide on Coffee Trip before you begin, our guide explains all of the necessary elements to preparing excellent coffee.


 

 Here’s what you will need to get started:

 - French press pot
       We love the Bodum Chambord French press pot it’s timeless and elegant
 - Fresh roasted coffee
 - Grinder
 - Measuring spoon
 - Water kettle and filtered water
 - Spoon or utensil for stirring
 - Timer

Check out our Coffee Brewing Basics guide in the Learn section of Coffee Trip for a discussion on the importance of fresh-roasted coffee, the temperature and quality of water and the importance of the right grind.

So let's get started:

1. Set up your French press pot and prepare your water for boiling.   We recommend preheating your French press pot and serving cups with boiling or very hot water.  Preheating the press pot will help maintain the brewing temperature (195° – 200° F) and preheating the cups will help keep the coffee warmer after it’s been brewed.

2. Measure your coffee.  We recommend using 2 tablespoons (12 g) of coffee per 6oz of water.  You can adjust your measurements according to your desired taste preference.

3. Grind your coffee for a french press grind.  This is a coarse grind setting. We use grind setting 30 on the Baratza Virtuoso grinder.  The grinds should resemble coarsely ground pepper.

4. Pour the water that you used for preheating out of the press pot. Pour the coarsely ground coffee into the press pot.

5. Once your water has reached a boil, let it sit for a few seconds until it cools down to around 200° F. Set your timer to 4 minutes and start your pour.

6. Pour the water over the coffee grounds making sure all of the grounds are wet evenly. Do not fill the entire pot with water. The coffee will begin to bloom. This process will take approximately 30 seconds.  After the coffee blooms, pour the remaining water over the coffee grounds.

7. Put the plunger on the press pot (do not press down yet) to keep the heat in while the coffee is brewing.  After one minute has passed remove the plunger and gently stir the coffee well. It is important to stir the coffee so that it is evenly extracted during the brewing process.  Put the plunger back on the pot (make sure the plunger spout is lined up correctly with the spout of the press pot) brew the coffee for the remaining 3 minutes.

8. Press down firmly and slowly on the plunger at 4 minutes, this will push all of the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot.  Immediately pour coffee into serving cups or thermal carafe.  Do not leave the coffee in the press pot, it will be undrinkable if left in the press pot.

9. Discard the coffee grounds and clean the French press pot.

10. Enjoy a rich and delicious cup of coffee!