How To Make Coffee with A French Press [and Espresso]

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

The French press is one of the most inexpensive coffee makers, and it is pretty versatile. People who like a stronger, and bolder cup, appreciate this coffee brewing method. Many times French press is compared to espresso, because of the ample body, and the strong aroma and flavor. Even if technically French pots cannot make real espresso, we can get a cup that resembles it. We just have to tweak the amount of water we use during brewing. We have a full French press brewing guide here, if you want to get into the fine details, and perfect your technique.

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

How to Make Coffee with A French Press

  1. Grind Coffee
    For every 7 oz of water, use 8 g of coffee. That’s about a heaping tablespoon. Grind coffee beans coarsely for a clear coffee, or medium for an espresso body. If you want to get an espresso-like coffee, use half of the water with the same amount of beans.
  2. Warm Up Pot
    Brewing temperature drops fast in a cold French pot.
    Warm up your pot by filling it with hot water. Do that gradually so you don’t break the glass.
    This not only prevents getting a tepid coffee in the end, but it helps a proper extraction.
  3. Add Coffee Grounds
    Remove the hot water, and add the measured coffee grounds.
    Only remove the hot water when you are ready to brew. An empty pot will cool down faster.
  4. Pour Water
    Heat up water to 200 °F. The temperature range is actually between 194 and 200 °F. Lower temperatures will result in a more rounded taste.
    Pour some water over the grinds, just enough to cover the grounds. Stir vigorously to make sure all grinds are wet.
    When you made sure all grounds are saturated, pour the rest of the water and stir a couple more times.
  5. Seal Pot
    Press the plunger down to the water level, and close the lid. Make sure you turn the lid shut, so you seal it. Let it steep 3 – 5 min, according to your preference.
  6. Filter It
    After the 5 minutes, push the plunger all the way down, with a slow move. Press slowly, and don’t rush it up. If you press to hard, you’ll end up with silt and grounds in your coffee.
  7. Pour in Cups
    Pour in cups and serve immediately. Coffee is best served hot.
  8. Clean It
    Clean the pot by rinsing with warm water.

How to Make Espresso without an Espresso Machine – Three Great Tasting Espresso Alternatives

Espresso Cup

Espresso CupEspresso is my favorite way of brewing coffee. Everything from the intoxicating aroma and pungently sharp flavor, to the astounding amounts of caffeine per ounce, make it the most desirable coffee cup. I brew a cup every morning, from the comfort of my home. It’s my ritual; I own two espresso machines, though one is catching dust in the basement. Sometimes I can’t prepare my daily lungo, double shot at home. In these crisis situations, I pass by the neighborhood cafe, and grab one.

What if I didn’t own an espresso machine?

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AeroPress Coffee Filters – [Metal vs Paper]

AeroPress Filters, paper, disk and metallic mesh

AeroPress Coffee FiltersThe AeroPress Coffee filters are one of the most important component of this brewing method. Choosing the right filter could make or break your coffee cup. I’m not saying that one is better than the other, just better for your taste. But we will get to that in a bit, bare with me.

We talked about the amazing versatility of AeroPress in our brewing tutorial, give it a read if you haven’t yet. Part of this remarkable versatility stems from the ability to choose from various different filters. There are on the market paper filters, and metal filters.

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How to Make Aeropress Coffee – The Aeropress Coffee Brewing Method

Brewing with AeroPress

AeroPress Brewer on a tableAeropress is one of our favorite coffee brewing methods. I don’t know what took us so long to write this guide, but we finally wrote it. As with all our tutorials, we don’t just aim to teach you how to make AeroPress coffee. Our goal is to give you the technical knowledge to tweak your own recipe. What works for some, doesn’t work for others.

I like rich coffee, (espresso is my absolute favorite), so Aeropress is a logical second place on my list. In fact, many people who like rich, full bodied coffee, prefer it to espresso.

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The Best Manual Coffee Brewing Method – Pour Over vs French Press vs Aeropress

Pour over with Hario V60
Chemex BrewingManual brewing methods are the newest trend in the coffee world. All respectable coffee shops provide at least one type of manual brewing, be it French press, hand drip, or Aeropress. In some households the old reliable French pot has never been missing from the morning routine, no matter what the industry said. The trend with manual brewing in coffee shops is not simply for the show, or to attract customers. Coffee prepared this way is just better. Smells and tastes better than an automatic-drip coffee, or coffee made with a capsule based machine.… Read more

What is the Perfect Coffee Brewing Temperature and Perfect Drinking Temperature?

brewing pour over coffee with Hario kettle

brewing pour over coffee with Hario kettle

When making coffee the water temperature when brewing is one of the essential parameters. Use the wrong temperature and your coffee will be an odorless, insipid liquid, that barely qualify as drinkable. As a matter of fact the brewing temperature is just one of the factors that affect the perfect extraction. Coffee beans quality, grind size, brewing time, are also very important, and they are interdependent. The perfect temperature is only perfect if we consider a certain grind size and a certain extraction time. But we’ll show you in a bit how these are interconnected.

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How to Make Coffee Without Electricity?

Can we really make coffee without electricity?

There are various ways to make a joe without a coffee maker, or even without electricity. You can even make coffee without a source of heat, in other words without hot water.

Wait, don’t tell me you don’t even have a coffee pot. Don’t worry, we can show you even a way to make coffee without a pot. Depending on your setting, budget, and the pretentiousness of your taste buds, you can choose between the various solutions.

Coffee pot on open fire (actually a kettle)

Hot Brew vs Cold Brew – Which Is Better?

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Dutch Cold Brew Coffee – What Is it and How to Make it?

Yama Cold Brew Tower

Dutch Cold Brew Coffee on the street in Taiwan

Thanks to the innovations of baristas, the world of coffee is ever-evolving. We are always trying to find the best way to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of coffee beans to create the perfect brew—but this isn’t new. Centuries before Starbucks, about three hundred years ago, the Dutch discovered a way to brew coffee that creates quite possibly the finest coffee taste to date, and it’s making a quick comeback. The Dutch might have forgotten the method, but the Japanese and the Koreans developed the method and transformed it into art.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee – Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Iced cold brew coffee

Dutch Cold Brew Coffee
How to Make Dutch Cold Brew Coffee

The objective of this page is to teach you how to make cold brew coffee at home, be an expert at it and get it better than the commercially made one. Yes, you can make your own cold brew and make it delicious, is not all that hard. You just need to understand the science behind cold extraction, and how the science translates into actionable tips and tricks. I bet you chose this coffee brewing method either because you want to make the best iced coffee.

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Beko – Electric Turkish Coffee Maker

Beko - Turkish Coffee Maker

Beko - Turkish Coffee Maker

My wife asked one morning, wouldn’t be great if we had an electric Turkish coffee maker, as we have for drip coffee, or espresso or the old and faithful percolator? Her question took me by surprize, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t know any electric coffee machines specially designed for this brew. I love Turkish coffee, and my wife loves it even more than me. I love all types of coffee brewing. As an Eastern European, however, Turkish coffee is the method of brewing coffee of my choice.

As opposed to the popular belief, brewing a cup of Turkish coffee is not as simple as it seems.

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AeroPress vs French Press Infographic

AeroPress vs French Press

AeroPress vs French press – Which One Is Better?

AeroPress and French press are somewhat similar coffee brewing methods, but they are very different when it comes to taste, aroma, smoothness and convenience. While there is no definite winner between the two, coffee aficionados tend to prefer AeroPress. The French press though, has not lost much of its popularity, remaining one of the most popular brewing methods.

Taste wise, if you like your joe with more bite, on the bittery side, French press is for you. If you like a smoother cup, and clean, with a guarantee of no grits and silt, AeroPress is for you.

You can read a full comparison and review of the two brewing methods on our page here: AeroPress vs French press.

We have a few reviews of brewing devices on our site. We couldn’t pass the opportunity to share our insights about them in a review of the AeroPress, and a French press review.

I personally like the AeroPress a little more than the French pot. However, I have my days when I’d rather drink a French press coffee.

AeroPress vs French Press

Variable Temperature Electric Kettle – Bonavita vs Breville, vs Cuisinart

Hario kettle and pour-over glass

Why Do We Need a Variable Temperature Kettle?

Hario kettle and pour-over glass

The variable temperature electric kettle is a must for a coffee enthusiast that likes to explore, and likes to change their brewing routines. It is also critical for some brewing methods, where you need lower temperatures, such as pour-over, and AeroPress.

Many people use a regular electric kettle and estimate the water temperature, but it highly inaccurate. Using a thermometer is the better way, but it is inconvenient, and time consuming.

Hario Electric Kettle

Hario is just a simple electric kettle, many times it is compared to Bonavita and other variable electric kettles.

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Best Coffee Brewing Method

Brewing the Perfect Gourmet Coffee

Turkish Coffee in ibrikYour quest for finding the best coffee brewing method is not an easy job, because all coffee preparation methods have their individuality. To say that espresso is better than Turkish is just wrong. If you ask someone from the Middle East, or from the Eastern Europe, they’ll say that Turkish coffee is the best. If you ask a drip coffee lover, they’ll say Turkish is really bad, and espresso is too strong. So it’s really a very subjective matter. To make things even more complicated, the coffee roast will make a huge difference.

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Most Popular Coffee Brewing Methods [11 Ways to Make Coffee]

Espresso Coffee Cup

What Is the Best Coffee Brewing Method?

Cup of Drip CoffeeThere are many coffee brewing methods, and to say that one is better than another, is like comparing your kids. You love your kids for what they are, and not for what would you like them to be. The same goes with coffee, it’s not fair to say that espresso is better than drip coffee, but many people prefer it. On the other hand many coffee lovers won’t touch espresso, but they love drip coffee.

People have their own methods when making their cup of coffee, and everyone will probably say that their technique is the best.… Read more