How To Brew French Press

Process Overview

The press pot, or French Press, offers direct infusion for full-bodied coffee. It’s an ideal companion for dark roasts, bringing out rich, complex flavors.


TOTAL TIME: ~5 minutes

MAKES: 240 ml


What you'll need

French Press, Kettle, Scale, Grinder, Coffee, Spoon

Getting Started

Step 1

 The secret to perfect coffee is the right ratio of coffee to water—1:12 (1g of coffee for every 16g of water)


Step 2

Measure 20 grams of freshly roasted coffee beans.

Preheat the French Press with hot water and let it sit.

Step 3

Grind coffee to the consistency of coarse 

A consistent grind enables even extraction. If the plunger is difficult to push down at the end of the brew, try a slightly coarser grind next time.

Step 4

Heat fresh water to 82-92 °C

Step 5

Discard hot water and place the French Press on your scale. Add coffee grounds and then zero out or “tare” your scale. Set your timer for three minutes and pour in just enough water to saturate the grounds.. Give the French Press a quick swirl, and then wait 30 seconds.

Step 6

Resume pouring hot water over the grounds until the scale reaches the water reaches the middle of the metal band, about 1 inch below the rim.

Step 7

Place the plunger on top of grounds, then slowly push it halfway down and pull back up to just below the surface.

Plunging halfway keeps the grounds fully saturated, enabling even extraction. It also helps prevent a surface crust of dry grounds from forming, making the final plunge easier.

Step 8

Once three minutes have passed, press the plunger to the bottom. 

Step 9

Your coffee is ready to be poured and savored.

More Brew Guide