Use a French Press

Some may be wondering why this product still exists when an automatic drip coffee maker is so convenient.

What a French Press can offer over its electric drip coffee maker counterpart is a stronger, more robust and flavourful cup of coffee.  How this is achieved is actually quite simple, there is no paper filter to take away the coffee oils that can add to the flavour and mouth feel of a cup of coffee. 

Part of the allure of using a French Press is its simplicity. Here are the steps to making great coffee:

  1.  Boil fresh water. Good water makes good coffee. Use spring or filtered water.
  2.  While we are waiting for the water to boil, remove the lid from the French Press.
  3. Spoon into the French Press freshly roasted coffee that is between 3-10 days old.  Use coarsely ground coffee. As a general rule of thumb 1 tablespoon of coffee will yield 1 cup of coffee, of course this is also dependent on the type of coffee you are using.  So if your French Press has a capacity of 6 cups (1.5L) then put in 6 tablespoons of coffee.
  4. After water has come to a boil, let it sit for a minute before filling your French Press with water.  Warning: Do NOT fill pass the MAX line.
  5. After you have poured in the water, its a good idea to give everything a stir before putting the lid back on.  We recommend using a small wooden spoon or chopsticks to avoid damaging the glass of your French Press.
  6. Replace the lid with the “plunger handle” pulled out and the filter sitting at the top.
  7. Let the coffee brew for about 2-4 minutes. Aroma works as a good guide to when it is ready. You’ll notice the coffee go from acidic to smelling really good before the acidic smell comes back. Plunge down when it smells great!
  8. With the spout facing away from you, gently push the “plunger” down until it reaches the bottom.
  9. Serve the coffee immediately or transfer unused coffee into a thermos.

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Andre February 16, 2014 at 12:52

I found a beautiful French Press coffee maker with a Chrome top (almost new) at the thrift store for $5.99, which had been probably discarded because of the “convenience” of automatic drip coffee makers.
I Googled “Press coffee” in image search, and found your site to learn how to use it (while the water was bowling).
I just finished my first cup, and I LOVE IT.
I am 68 years old, and I can promise you that I will never ever buy another drip coffee maker, regardless of their “convenience.”
PS I really appreciate your efforts to keep old knowledge alive on the Internet. Our present “synaptic” communication through your site is an example of how we are becoming one-conscious species— the Internet being our collective consciousness. I have just integrated in my own mind your knowledge of a French Press coffee maker. Thanks again!

Fernanda Calvente Bayan March 10, 2016 at 10:43

My name is Fernanda Bayan, I am a graduate student of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and would request, earnestly, the
authorization of the franch press coffee image (as the link to serve it for academic purposes, in a scientific article named Different coffee beverages and their contents of the cafestol and kahweol diterpenes.
If in agreement, I would ask, please, to send me an authorization so I can post them.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Fernanda C. Bayan

breaking August 20, 2016 at 04:16

Flavored syrups can also use to put a delicious spin on any coffee drinks to add more taste. Such as hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, coffee aisle and more. To prepare it, before adding the drinks, microwave the syrup for 30 seconds

Tracy Ferguson November 3, 2016 at 06:34

Thanks for this wonderful post,i have learnt some very nice things from this post and surely i will adapt them. I love Coffee very much
and French Press is one of my favourite. I hope i would be able to make a perfect French Press Coffee..

BOB January 30, 2017 at 05:39

Thanks for sharing these wonderful steps. which french press coffee maker u prefer?

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