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How to Make Coffee in a French Press

How to make the best cup of coffee using a French Press coffee maker.
Prep Time4 mins
Brewing Time4 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Coffee, French Press
Yield: 1 Cup
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Kettle
  • French Press / Cafetière
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Scales
  • Spoon
  • Cup

Materials

  • 8 Grams Ground Coffee
  • 200 ML Boiling Water

Instructions

  • The first thing that you need to remember is to grind your coffee beans (unless you are using pre-ground coffee). The reason for this is to be able to get the best quality coffee with more flavors of the coffee bean. If you don’t have a grinder, don’t worry, you can use a mortar and pestle to grind your beans. The proper ground size in medium-coarse to coarse ground coffee. 
    You should grind 8g of coffee per 200ml of water.
    If you are using pre-ground coffee, it will tell you on the packet how many scoops, so you don't have to weigh them.
  • Boil the water and let it rest for a while. Remember to use hot water rather than boiling. The best temperature for a good cup of French Press coffee is between 195F to 200F. 
  • Add the coffee into the French Press. Depending on the size of your French Press, always remember to follow the 1:15 ratio of coffee to water. This means that for every gram of coffee, you need 15 grams of water or to better convert it, for every 3 tablespoons of coffee, use 1 cup of water.
  • Pre-wet your coffee grounds to create a more aromatic coffee with intense flavors. The reason behind this is to let your coffee bloom first before the final process of brewing. All you need to do is pour a small amount of water over your coffee grounds for about 30 seconds so the chemical reaction can take place.
  • Finally pour the rest of the hot water over the coffee grounds. Most French Press guides tell you to stir the coffee before putting water in, but we don't recommend it. The best you can do is just let the coffee sit. When the coffee is left unstirred, the suspension extraction provides a better and flavorful cup.
  • Wait for around 4 minutes for the coffee to be fully brewed. After the coffee has extracted, slowly push the plunger all the way down. Make sure that you don’t get coffee grounds on the other side of the filter. 
  • Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a cup and enjoy! Once you’re done, make sure to pour out the extracted coffee grounds and properly clean out your French Press for your next coffee break.