French Press: Instructions and Tips

How to Use a French Press

So how do you make coffee with a French press? The process is very simple - just follow the coffee press instructions below. As you will see, the key to making good coffee in your cafetiere is using freshly ground coffee and also the right temperature of the water.

Steps for using a coffee press

  1. Rinse the press pot with hot water.
  2. Put the ground coffee into the press pot. Start with 2 level tablespoons per 6oz water - as you gain experience you can put more or less depending on your taste.
  3. Pour in just enough hot water to cover the grounds and stir it gently with chopsticks or with wooden spoon. The coffee will start to bloom (create a foam).
  4. Pour in the rest of the water filling the jug to the desired level. Stir again.
  5. Put the plunger back into the jug leaving the filter at the top of the jug.
  6. Let the coffee brew for 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Now press the filter down gently making sure that the plunger rod is kept straight. It should take about 20 - 30s to press the filter all the way down.
  9. Pour the coffee into cups. Hold the top of the plunger while pouring out the coffee.
  10. Leave the coffee stand in the cup for a minute or so. That allows any remaining sediment to settle.
  11. Enjoy!

Here are some tips for making a perfect cup of coffee with your French press

One more tip
Here is another tip for you. French press can be used not just for coffee, you can actually brew tea in it as well. I sometimes use it to make my oolong tea - it is a convenient way to brew tea. You can also use it for steaming milk.

I hope that these tips will help you to make that "perfect cup of coffee"!

Further Reading

Types of French Press Types
French Press Safety
Electric French Press