The French Press is a highly practical way to brew a robust mug of coffee for one or a crowd—it's a true classic suggesting romance, bistros, and Sunday mornings. The resulting cup is thick, full-bodied, and maybe even a little sludgy.
This brew guide is for a standard 32-ounce French Press but can be converted it to any size press using a 1:15 coffee to water brew ratio.
Things you'll need
For a standard 32-ounce French Press
- Measure out 53 grams coffee—that's about half a cup of whole beans
- Boil 800 grams (28 ounces or 3.5 cups) of water
Using a 12-ounce Fench Press?
All the steps remain the same, only the measurements are 18 grams coffee to 270 grams water or 3 tablespoons to 9.5 ounce by volume.
- Grind your coffee beans coarsely to a consistency similar to sea salt.
- Boil your measured water.
- Set a timer for six minutes.
- Put ground coffee into the French Press.
- Pour enough water to completely saturate the grounds and start the timer.
- Stir gently so the grounds are evenly saturated.
As with any brew method, the grounds should be “blooming”—the swelling and bubbling that are the sign of freshly roasted coffee. No bubbling bloom when the water is added means your coffee has already started to lose some of its fresh flavors...time to buy more beans!
- Add the remainder of the water
- Insert the press, pushing the cake of grounds just below the surface of the brew water.
Go make some toast, you've still got around 5 minutes of waiting ahead of you.
- Once the timer beeps, gently “pump” the filter up and down one time.
- Then slowly press the filter all the way down.
What you should see is the cake of grounds gently cascading to the bottom of the French Press. Once they've cascaded, press the filter all the way down.
- Immediately decant all of the coffee either into mugs or into a thermal carafe.
- Close your eyes and imagine you are sitting on a veranda in Paris enjoying your coffee with a buttery croissant and a chocolate éclair.