The French Press is a simple coffee brewing device in which ground beans are infused and then pressed to the bottom by means of a plunger. It is an example of an immersion brew, where coffee is being immersed in water.


  • Coffee (23 grams)
  • French Press
  • Scale 
  • Kettle
  • Hot water 


1. Weigh out and grind 23g of coffee. The ground coffee should be about as coarse as breadcrumb.

2. Preheat the glass and plunger by pouring hot water inside the pitcher. Plunge once to warm everything up.

3. Discard rinse water.

4. Add ground coffee to French Press.

5. Set timer for four minutes.

6. Pour hot water into French press, saturating all of your grounds. When water is at the halfway mark, start timer. Water should be about 205°F.

7. After one minute, stir the bloom (or top layer) and evenly pour the rest of the water to the top. Affix the press pot lid.

8. After the four minute times goes off, plunge and serve.

9. Discard coffee grounds, and rinse French Press, plunger included.

Make sure you start with a clean French Press. Old coffee grounds stuck in the wire plunger will not serve you well. Be sure you pour your coffee into serving cups or a carafe right away. If you leave the coffee sitting on top of the grounds, it will continue extracting and get stronger and sludgier by the time you are ready for the second cup.

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