French Press: How-to Guide

A simple, classic device that brews a full-bodied cup characterized by essential oils and fine sediment. The French press has become a staple in many homes around the U.S. It’s simple to use and requires little effort on the brewer’s part.


French press

Coffee nerd options:

Grinder, scale, timer, thermometer

Recipe basics:

Brew time: 4 minutes

Temperature: 205 deg F

Grind setting: Coarse

Ratio: 1:14 coffee to water

Below measurements are interchangeable. For example, you can use 24 g of grounds to produce a 12 oz cup of coffee.

Size of Press

Coffee measurement

Water measurement

3 cup

24 g

350 g

4.5 T

12 oz

4 cup

32 g

500 g

6 T

17 oz

8 cup

64 g

995 g

12 T

34 oz

12 cup

96 g

1490 g


51 oz

The basics:

1. Add coarsely ground coffee to the press.

How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 1

2. Add just enough hot water to fully saturate the ground coffee and allow the coffee to bloom for 30 sec.

How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 2

3. Add the rest of your water before resting the plunger assembly on top of the carafe and waiting an additional 3 min. 30 sec.

How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 3

4. Press slowly.

How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 4

5. Fully decant into a mug or server in order to prevent overextraction. Enjoy! 

How to Make a French Press Coffee Step 5

For further exploration:

  • To minimize heat loss during brewing, preheat your press and mug. In addition, consider opting for a double-walled press or otherwise insulating the carafe.
  • To minimize sediment in the cup, some coffee professionals recommend removing the crust that forms atop the coffee immediately before plunging.
  • Plungeless French pressing. Pour through the [raised] screen to minimize agitation.
  • Lastly, some people have experimented successfully with adding paper filters to the plunger’s mesh filter.

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