French Press How to brew guide
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Also known as a press pot, this simple coffee making device is said to have originated in France during the 1850s. The press is normally a glass cylinder with a “plunger” like device that fits tightly into the circumference of the cylinder. The plunger features a handle with some sort of wire or nylon mesh that pushes the coffee grounds to the bottom, trapping them there after a few minutes of brewing.

What you'll need

  • - French press
  • - Kettle
  • - Coffee grinder
  • - Scales
  • - Timer
  • - Coffee cup

Preparation time

4 minutes

Step 1. Warm up the press

Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil then warm up your empty French Press by rinsing it with very hot water.

Step 2. Measure and grind

Measure out 17g of coffee and grind it as coarse as breadcrumbs. Refer to the table below for different serving size:

Serving Size 4-Cup 8-Cup
Coffee 27 grams 54 grams
Water 430 mL, plus additional for pre-heating 860 mL, plus additional for pre-heating

Step 3. Add water

Gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 17 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 270 grams of water.

Step 4. Stir

At 1:00, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the top layer crust by giving the grounds a gentle stir.

Step 5. Add more water

Fill it all the way to the top with the remaining water. Put the top on and allow the coffee to brew without pressing it down. Let the coffee steep for four minutes.

Step 6. Press

At 4:00, firmly push the press all the way down.

Step 7. You're done brewing. Enjoy!

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