Tips and Tricks when Making Coffee with a French Press

A French Press coffee maker is a perfect substitute for the drip coffee brewer and therefore you will find it in a lot of Western European kitchens. Even though the plunge pot, is a simple brewing device, you will get a great cup with ample body, and a great flavor. Coffee brewed with the French pot is often times considered a ritual, that enhances your coffee experience.

The French Coffee Press is comprised of two key components, the glass beaker and the plunger. The beaker is made of heat-resistant glass in order to withstand the high brewing temperatures and the thermal shock.  The plunger also has a metal sieve filter attached to bottom which is used to separate the grounds from the brewed coffee.

When using a French press for preparing coffee, it is suggested to preheat the pot with hot water. Leave the hot water in right until before the preparation time.

When you are ready to brew, dump the water used to warm up the pot, add grounds, and then add your brewing water.

The Brewing Method

  • Put the French Pot on a dry, non-slip spot.
  • Bring your water to boil in a pot.
  • Pre-heat your glass pot with tap hot water
  • In the meantime, your brewing water should be ready, check your pot or the kettle.
  • Empty the preheating water from the beaker and add 15 grams of coarsely ground coffee.
  • Pour off the boil water over the freshly ground coffee. Use 13 oz of hot water for every 15 grams of ground coffee beans.
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix the content, a metallic spoon could damage the glass container.
  • Insert the plunger just below the water line, and place the lid on the brewing pot. This can help somewhat maintaining the temperature.
  • Allow the coffee to steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the desired strength.
  • After the 3 minutes steeping, slowly and gradually push the filter/plunger down to the bottom of the beaker.
  • Pour in cups and serve

Some More Tips

The best result can be reached with freshly ground coffee beans.

It is advisable to transfer the coffee into an insulated serving pot, because coffee will get cold very fast.

Consider experimenting with the brewing time along with the coffee grind coarseness to get the best result as per your taste. We can recommend you grind a little finer as a test.

We think that French Coffee Press will provide you with a significantly nicer coffee compared to drip coffee makers, however, we would like to hear from you.