How to Make French Press Coffee

You’ll Need:

8 Cup French Press Brewer
Grinder
56g (8 Tablespoons) of Fresh Coffee
Hot Water Just Off the Boil (between 195 and 205F)
Timer
Scale
Spoon
Mug

Getting warmer

Warm up the French Press by rinsing it with very hot water. Why? It helps maintain the temperature while brewing, aka, best extraction and flavor.

Measure and Grind

Measure about 56g of coffee and grind. Your grinds should be about as coarse as breadcrumbs. 

Add Water 

Discard the water from step one, and add the coffee grinds into an empty press. Start your count-up timer as soon as you add hot water. Fill it up halfway to the top saturating all the grounds, making sure there are no dry spots.

Stir Baby, Stir

When your timer reads 1:00, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the top layer. This is called the “crust,” also known as a cruel way to remind me of pizza at 7AM. Give it a gooood stir.

Add More Water

Fill your French Press all the way to the top with water. Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down.

Press

At 4:00, you’re ready to press. Firmly push the press all the way down. 

Serve It Up

Now you’re ready to enjoy! Pour coffee into a carafe immediately to avoid over extraction. If the coffee sits on the grounds for too long, it continues to extract and will become bitter.