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French Press Coffee Basics

I love coffee. But unlike most coffee drinkers, I’m not a snob about it. I’ll drink pretty much any variety, at almost any temperature. The only reason I choose one variety of coffee over another is typically price. If I can get a cup of coffee the size of a bucket at Dunkin’ Donuts (sadly only in the summer) for $.99, then you can be sure that’s where I’m buying my coffee.

So when someone mentioned the cheapest and best way to brew your own coffee was French Press, I was curious. French Press is touted as an art form, which made me fear it. However, having learned a few secrets, I have found it to be almost as simple as my coffee maker. Even better than the full coffee maker, the French Press is portable and you can bring it with you to work!

Start by boiling water. Once it has boiled, let it set for three minutes, while you prepare everything else.


Grind your own coffee beans into a coarse grind. The beans should be ground, but not too small because they will slip through the mesh and make your coffee crunchy. This is easy because I never find I grind them fine enough for a coffee maker.


For every cup of water, use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee.
Pour water onto your grounds and use a plastic or wooden utensil to stir (metal will cause cracks eventually in your glass press). Make sure that the grounds are fully stirred for the best infusion.


Steep for 4 minutes or up to 10 minutes depending how strong you want your coffee to be. Press the plunger down slowly using just the weight of your arm for pressure. Be sure not to use jarring motions which could kick up the grounds.


Simple right? Pour and enjoy! Sometimes I will share a pot or drink the entire thing myself. It will stay warm/drinkable for around an hour and a half, which is enough time for me to drink all of it!


Make sure you clean your French Press thoroughly when you are finished because and particles left can taint your next batch. Plus, no matter how well you brewed your coffee, I can guarantee people will be impressed with your technique in making coffee in something other than a Keurig.

Even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all. — David Lynch

Hope you have found this helpful. Comment below to let me know. How do you drink your coffee?


One thought on “French Press Coffee Basics

  1. I’ve been curious about these too and a little fearful. Hard to give up the ease of a Krieg, but have heard the taste is so much better. As somewhat of a “coffee newbie” this was a nice push towards something untried


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