A French press, also known as a press pot or plunger pot, is a method of manually brewing a small batch of coffee. At its core, all you need is a French press, ground coffee, and hot water. This brewing method offers much more simplicity and speed than brewing methods like pour-over and coffee machines.
When it comes to brewing a simple cup of coffee fast, nothing beats a French press.
Iit’s easy to figure out a decent ratio of grounds to water by eyeballing the amounts you use in one brew and then adjusting those levels if you find the coffee to be too weak or too astringent. Once you discover a ratio you like, take note of approximately how many scoops of grounds you used and how high you filled the press so you can replicate that combo in future brews.
But if you want to be a little more precise, here’s the ideal brewing method and amount of ingredients. First, consider your ratio of coffee to water. If you’re brewing a lighter roast, a ratio of 1-to-14 or 1-to-15 is ideal. In practical terms, this ratio would require 63 grams of grounds to make a full 32-ounce pot. With fuller-bodied darker roasts, you’ll get more flavor extraction, so a ratio of 1-to-16 or 1-to-17, or 58 grams for a 32-ounce pot, would suffice. French presses also require a much coarser grind than most brewing methods, so use the appropriate setting on your grinder or look for bags of preground coffee that advertise a less fine blend.
When you have your grounds in the pot, pour in water that’s around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a temperature-specific water kettle, wait for 30 seconds after your water has finished boiling, then go ahead and pour. Put the plunger in to cover the liquid, but don’t press down all the way.
Set a timer for four minutes. One minute in, pull out the plunger, and using a spoon, gently break up the crust of grounds that has accumulated on the top of your coffee. Put the lid back on and wait until the remainder of the four minutes is up. Then plunge all the way down slowly to avoid agitating the grounds. Pour your coffee into mugs or a carafe right away to stop the brewing—coffee that remains in the press will continue extracting and turn bitter and sour.
High-quality, fresh-roasted beans will give you better coffee no matter what brewing method you use. We recommend grinding your own beans before each use to produce the best possible cup of coffee from your French press.