How to Brew Coffee Using a French Press

A lot of coffee connoisseurs consider the French Press as the best coffee brewer. As long as you use high quality coffee beans and employ the correct procedures, you will end up with a truly great tasting brewed coffee.

Although a French Press is a manual coffee maker, it involves a design where the right amount of pressure can be produced by the simple act of pushing down the plunger. Yes, it’s as manual as it can get as far as preparing brewed coffee is concerned, but the result is definitely worth the time and effort.

Steps in Brewing coffee using a French Press

Listed below are the steps and procedures involved in brewing coffee using a French Press. These instructions are intended to produce 32 ounces of brewed coffee.


  1. Measure ½ cup of coffee beans.
  2. Grind the coffee beans in a burr grinder and choose the coarsest setting for this. You can also use a blade grinder; but make sure that you shake it every couple of seconds to achieve an even grind. Use quick pulses when using a blade grinder. You will aim for breadcrumbs appearance in the ground coffee beans. Once you achieve this goal, put the ground coffee into the French Press.
  3. Heat water to a boil but allow this to stand and cool off for 1 minute before using it. Note that boiling point is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but you only need heated water with a temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit when brewing coffee in a French Press.

    Cooling down the boiling water for 1 minute after reaching its boiling point will provide you with 195 degrees heated water. But if you really want to be sure and want the exact temperature for your French Press coffee preparation, you can use a thermometer.

  4. Pour 4 cups of hot water into the French Press.
  5. Stir the mixture of ground coffee and hot water vigorously for a few seconds.
  6. Let the mixture steep for 4 minutes. 4 minutes of steeping time will provide you with a strong brew. You can actually adjust the steeping time according to your preference. If you want a stronger brew, you can steep a little longer than 4 minutes. And if you want a weaker brew, make the steeping time shorter.
  7. After 4 minutes, press the plunger all the way down on a steady and gradual motion. The pressure from this procedure will extract flavor from the ground coffee and brew the mixture.
  8. It’s done. Transfer the brewed coffee in your drinking cup and enjoy.

Additional Steps and Reminders for Best Results

Here are some additional steps and reminders that you can include in the preparation of brewed coffee using a French

Heat the French Press: Rinsing the French Press with hot water before using it will help achieve a well regulated temperature during the brewing process.
Drink Immediately or Transfer in Another Container: If you’re not going to consume the brewed coffee immediately, transfer the mixture to a thermal carafe to keep your coffee fresh and hot. Leaving the mixture to stand in the French Press will result in having bitter taste because it will continue to sit on the ground coffee.

Let the French Press Do It!

The French Press can literally make hot, delicious brewed coffee in minutes! The unit itself is very affordable and the methods involved are really easy too.