Making Coffee in a French Press

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July 18, 2018

A pot of French press coffeeI managed a famous coffee shop for a long time, so you can trust me with these tips! I adore my French Press because I don't need to buy any coffee filters, and I get the whole full-bodied taste of the coffee beans without removing their essential oils. This instruction will be for 2 small mugs of coffee, using 6 tablespoons of coffee beans and 2 cups of boiled water that has sat still for 1 minute after boiling point.


Grind the coffee beans. Grinding them too fine will cause the coffee to be muddy and taste a bit dirty. Grinding them too coarsely will cause a watery cup of Joe. Err on the side of something in the middle.

Place the grounds into the French press and shake it so they lay evenly. Add just 1 cup of freshly boiled water to the press. This will allow the coffee to bloom. Wait a minute then stir the grounds with a spoon. Add the other cup of boiling water, then press the plunger down so it almost touches the water. Let rest for 4 to 5 minutes, no longer.

Very slowly push the plunger all the way down the press and pour into mugs immediately.

Adding hot water to the coffee grounds in the French press.
Adding hot water to the coffee grounds in the French press.
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December 9, 2009

French press or coffee pot? I just re-kindled my love for coffee recently and found myself in line at Starbucks glancing over and noticing they sold French presses. Verdict: French press all the way!

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