French press coffee is a delicious and cost-effective way to brew your morning cup of joe. It's a simple process, but there are a few things you need to know to take it to the next level. Following this recipe will take you to a great starting point if you're new to french press coffee and allow you to adjust the coffee to your personal taste. In order to brew french press coffee successfully, it's very important to use high-quality ingredients. We recommend using specialty coffee from your local coffee store.
What you’ll need to make French press coffee
We use 12 grams of water per 1 gram of coffee. Our recipe makes 720 grams (ml); approximately 25 ounces of brewed coffee but you can adjust your coffee to water ratio according to your personal taste.
- 60 grams freshly-roasted whole bean coffee
- Grinder (we recommend burr grinders for consistency and performance)
- French press (we use the Bodum Chambord 8 cup)
- Stirring utensil
- Hot water (195–205 F)
How to brew French press coffee
- Heat 900 grams of water to boil and let cool
- Grind the appropriate amount of coffee just before brewing
Grind should be medium-coarse roughly the size of coarsely cracked pepper
- Add ground coffee to French press carafe and level the bed
- Wet all grounds and fill the carafe about halfway with hot water
Stir the grounds to encourage even brewing–this helps to release CO2 gas.
- Add the remaining water
Pour evenly to the top
- Place plunger
Press down just enough to create a seal. Let the coffee brew about 4 minutes.
- At about 4 minutes, the coffee is ready to filter.
Press down slowly to avoid overly-agitating the coffee. Align the spout so it’s ready to pour.
- Serve and enjoy!
Decant any remaining coffee to fully stop brewing in the press.
French press coffee to water ratio
French press coffee ratio is a term that refers to the amount of french pressed coffee needed for a specific volume of water. This will vary depending on your taste, but we recommend a ratio of 1:12. That means that for every 12 grams or ml of water you should use 1g of ground coffee.
When making french press coffee, the amount of coffee you choose to use will impact the taste of your coffee. The more coffee used, the stronger and richer it will be. However, if there is too much french pressed coffee in relation to water volume, the flavours can become overpowering or bitter as a result.
Adjustments should always be made slowly by adding small amounts of coffee at a time until you reach the desired strength for your personal preference.
A chart of how much coffee for french press
The best french press coffee maker
French press is an easy and affordable way of making coffee at home. When choosing which french press coffee maker to buy , it's important to buy one that is made from good quality materials. We recommend french presses with thick borosilicate glass beaker, stainless steel or plastic exterior and sturdy handle. There are many french press coffee makers available on the market today so you'll have no trouble finding one that suits your needs.
A French press coffee maker has three parts - upper and lower part attached by an airtight seal with filter screen between them; plunger inserted through top section into bottom half containing brewed grounds. The plungers are usually made from stainless steel or plastic and have ridged edges allowing them to be pushed down easily sticking in place.
If you're looking for a great French press coffee maker but don't want to spend much money, try Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker . It's an affordable french press with beautiful design and very durable material (stainless steel). Bodum has been making fantastic french press machines since 1950s! Another popular option is the Timemore french press coffee maker. It's slightly more expensive but the french press is made from high-quality borosilicate glass and is very popular among specialty coffee drinkers.
What is the best coffee for french press
When it comes to French press coffee, using high-quality ingredients is key. Choose specialty coffee that has been roasted fresh to enjoy the beans at their peak flavour.
While some brewing methods like espresso tend to use darker roasts most of the time, French press is a coffee brewing method that works well with all roasting levels.
It's best to play around with French pressed coffee made from different roasts and find the one you like best. Experimentation is key because french press can bring out many of subtle flavours in your favourite beans!
Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
Fazenda Eldorado coffee
This medium roast 100% Brazil is a crowd pleaser. It has notes of red fruits, chocolate, and a long aftertaste.
A 100% Colombia coffee roasted dark with notes of sugar cane, winey, and full body.
A light roast 100% Nicaragua with notes of jasmine, almond, and molasses
What's the best french press coffee grind
French press coffee is best made using medium-coarse grind. This means the french pressed ground should be slightly coarser than espresso but not as coarse as drip coffee.
To achieve this, use a burr grinder to break down whole beans into small pieces before french pressing them. Burr grinders are more consistent and produce less heat which preserves flavour so you'll taste all those amazing notes in your favourite specialty coffees!
If you don't have access to burr grinder at home or if it's too expensive for you ask your local coffee roaster to grind it for you before packing. Remember to tell them it is for french press so they can adjust the grind size accordingly as the coffee grind size can make or break your morning coffee.
Should I buy ground coffee for french press?
Nothing beats the freshness of buying whole bean coffee and grinding them moments before brewing. Not everyone has time or the equipment for this, though.
Deciding to buy french pressed coffee pre-ground is a great compromise between convenience and flavour. Reputable specialty coffee roasters grind their coffees specifically for french press so it's the closest you'll get to grinding your own beans in terms of freshness!
A trick to drinking fresher coffee when buying pre-ground is to stick to smaller bags and buy more often. This way your grounds won't lose much of their flavours before you finish a bag and order again. Some coffee roasters even have automatic coffee subscriptions to keep you from running out of great coffee.
How long to steep coffee in french press
After hot water gets in contact with your ground coffee we recommend you let it steep for 4 minutes while brewing french press. More brewing time can result in a very strong cup of french pressed coffee that some people enjoy while shorter brewing will result in more diluted french press with less intense flavours.
It's best to experiment and see how long it takes for your french press to produce the desired flavour! Start with this recipe and brew a batch that steeps for 30 seconds less and a third batch that steeps for 30 seconds longer. Taste all 3 coffees and identify which one is best for you - make sure you use the same amount of water, water temperature, coffee quantity, and coffee grind size. Keep experimenting and you're sure to find the best french press coffee recipe.
Best coffee grinder for french press
The best coffee grinders for french press are burr grinders because these are more consistent in grind size and less likely to grind the coffee in uneven shapes.
A french press needs a medium coarse grind, which is roughly the size of coarsely cracked pepper. Most burr grinders have settings to indicate how coarse or fine the grind will be but if yours doesn't, choose the french press setting if it's available or grind small amounts and compare visually.
Burr grinders can get expensive but there are affordable options available. Make sure to read french press coffee grinder reviews and customer feedback before buying a cheap french press coffee grinder!
There are both automatic (electric) and manual options available. Manual burr grinders are usually cheaper and more compact but they can be cumbersome to use especially if you're making french press for the whole family.
If you don't want an electric french press coffee grinder, consider getting a manual one with adjustable grind size! This way there's no need to do any guesswork as it will produce consistent coarse french pressed coffee grounds.