Use a French Press for making coffee

Edited by Charmed, Eng

A French Press is a convenient device which is used to make a cup of coffee. This article will present the necessary steps for using a French Press.

A French Press, or press pot, is a simple tool which is used to brew and separate coffee. The press is comprised of a beaker or flask which has a special lid. A plunger is fitted into the center of the lid. The plunger has a filter attached inside the lid. Once the mixture of ground coffee and water has steeped in the beaker the plunger is depressed which moves the filter to the bottom of the pot. The filter carries any coffee particles to the base of the flask. Coffee is then poured out of the press and into cups. The depressed plunger and filter keep the majority of coffee grind in the bottom of the press.

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  • 2 Tablespoons of ground Coffee beans
  • 9 ounces of hot water
  • 2 Cups
  • French Press
  • Coffee grinder
  • This recipe will make two 4-ounce or one 8-ounce cup(s) of coffee
  • Optional: Thermometer


  1. 1
    Boil water
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  2. 2
    Grind your coffee beans
    Grind the beans while waiting for the water to boil. Place the desired amount of coffee beans into the grinder and grind them until they are medium or coarse. This size will not easily slip through the filter within the French Press.
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  3. 3
    Scoop into French Press
    2 tablespoons of ground coffee beans will make 8 ounces of coffee. Place the desired amount of grind into the French Press.
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  4. 4
    Remove the water from boil
    If you are proficient at grinding and scooping then the water should be about boiling. Remove the water from heat immediately when the boil begins and wait 10 to 15 seconds for the temperature to lower to the optimal 190 to 200 degree range.
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  5. 5
    Pour the water
    Pour 8 ounces of water into the press. Use an even pace and move the pour location to cover the grounds entirely.
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  6. 6
    Stir the mix
    Give the slurry of water and ground coffee a good stir. This helps extract flavor.
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  7. 7
    Place the lid
    Put the lid and screen securely in place on top of the pot.
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  8. 8
    Let the coffee steep for 2 to 5 minutes. The duration depends on how finely the coffee was ground. A longer time is required for a coarse grind.
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  9. 9
    Employ the plunger
    Once the coffee has been steeped begin depressing the plunger. Keep the plunger straight and depress in a slow manner. The filter which is attached to the plunger will capture the coffee grinds in the bottom of the French Press. This step usually takes about 30 seconds and the resistance increases as the plunger is pushed down.
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  10. 10
    Pour the coffee into two small or one large cup steadily. Hold the lid so nothing falls out of the press.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Hold up. Despite the filter, some grinds will make it into your cup. Drink to the last drop at your own risk!
  • Steam trap. Some French Presses come with a lid which will trap steam. Look for a mark upon the container or lid which will show how to lock the lid in place.
  • Don't fret! Don't worry if the grinding takes too long and you miss the proper boiling time. Practice makes perfect and with time you will be able to grind and pour in the time it takes the water to boil.
  • Use more water for boiling. Remember, when water boils it escapes as steam. Use more water in the pot. If you want two cups of boiled water then boil three cups to be safe.

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