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How to brew coffee with a French Press

How to brew coffee with a French Press

Brewing coffee with a French press coffee is one of the simplest ways of making coffee at home. Its's a dense and heavy brew perfect for a strong morning coffee. As with any method, be sure to follow the steps below and don't be tempted to let the coffee brew for longer than intended or you'll end up with a much more bitter taste.

Step 1

Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil. 

Step 2

While the water is heating, grind your coffee. French press coffee calls for a coarse, even grind. We recommend starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. If you're using 350 grams of water, you’ll want 30 grams of coffee.  

Step 3

To start, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 30 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 60 grams of water.  Give the grounds a gentle stir with a spoon and allow the coffee to 'bloom' for 30 seconds.  This primes the grounds ready for full extraction.

Step 5

Pour the remaining water and place the lid gently on top of the grounds. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes - time it, don't guess it! 

Step 6

Gently remove your French press from the scale and place it on your counter. Press the filter down. If it’s hard to press, that means your grind is too fine; if the plunger “thunks” immediately down to the floor, it means your grind is too coarse. When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately. Don’t let it sit, as this will cause it to continue brewing and over-extract.

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