Brewing Guide: French Press

Equipment:

  • 8-cup French Press
  • 1 L kettle
  • Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Timer
  • Tablespoon, 1/2 cup, or scale
  • 2 coffee mugs 

Step 1:

Heat 1 liter of water in the kettle to 205 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it sit for 30 seconds. 

* You will need to fill the French Press with 830 mL (about 3 1/2 cups) of water, along with 110 mL (about 1/2 cup) water for rinsing in Step 2.

Step 2:

Warm up the French Press by rinsing it with hot water (about 110 mL or 1/2 cup).

Step 3:

Measure out 49 grams (about 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup) of coffee.

Step 4:

Coarsely grind the coffee using the burr and add to the empty French Press.

* You can use coarsely pre-ground coffee instead, however grinding the coffee fresh will taste much richer and be more aromatic.

Step 5:

Pour the water about halfway in the French Press. Start the timer and let it brew for 30 seconds.

* This step is called the bloom, where the hot water releases gases in the ground coffee and causes it to expand. A thick crust of coffee will form.

Step 6:

Once the timer hits 30 seconds, stir the coffee gently for 5 seconds to mix the coffee grounds around and break the crust.

Step 7:

Pour the remaining hot water over the coffee and fill to just below the spout, leaving 1 inch of space at the top. Place the lid on the French Press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Let the coffee steep until the timer reads 4 minutes. 

Step 8:

Slowly press the plunger all the way down to filter the grounds from the coffee. Pour the coffee immediately into two coffee mugs.

* The clean the French Press, add a little water to the grounds, give it a good swirl, and empty into the trash or compost bin.