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How to Use a French Press

How to Use a French Press to Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Coffee

A coffee brewing device, French press helps release the wonderful flavors of coarse, ground coffee. Learn how to use a French press and have the best-tasting coffee each time.
Bhakti Satalkar
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Of all the coffee makers, the French press is one of the most popular coffee makers in Europe, Australia, and the United States. The device has a cylindrical glass carafe and a stainless steel mesh filter which separates the coffee grounds from the water. The grounds stay at the bottom of the carafe and the strained coffee stays above the filter, ready to be pored.
Correct Method to Use a French Press
Grind coffee beans until its coarse before you put it in the press. If you choose fine coffee, you will realize that the coffee will not be stopped by the filter.
  • The coarsely ground coffee should be placed in the coffee maker. For 6 to 7 cups of water, add 4½ to 5 tablespoons of coffee grounds.
  • Before you put water in the press, bring the water to a boil. The ideal temperature of water should be around 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pour the water into the French press and let the coffee grounds brew for about 4 minutes.
  • Now put the top back on and raise the filter all the way up. Gently press the filter down, making ensure that the filter spout is facing forward. When you press the filter, make sure you are pressing down evenly, in a controlled manner and the plunger rod is straight.
  • In case the rod becomes crooked, the grounds will escape into the coffee. After you have pressed the filter down, wait for about 30 to 45 seconds, so that the coffee grounds settle down at the bottom of the press.
Once the coffee is brewed, do not let the coffee sit in the press. If you do so then the coffee will become more bitter. If you do not want to consume the coffee immediately, then you can remove the coffee from the press and leave it in a thermos for later.