Beginners Guide

Graduating From Auto Drip: French Press 101

The Tools You’ll Need

  • Digital Scale

  • Grinder

  • Measuring Cup

  • French Press

  • Kettle

  • Timer

  1. 1

    Cleanliness

    Always make sure your French Press is clean. Any signs of old coffee will cause your brew to be bitter. Seriously, don’t be gross.

  2. 2

    Boil Your Water

    Put a water kettle on to boil. It’s important to use filtered water as water is 99% of your final brew.

  3. 3

    Weigh Your Beans

    Grab your scale and weigh out 0.06 grams of coffee for every 1.0 ml of water. So, if you are filling a standard 34oz (~950ml)  french press, that would be about 57 grams of coffee (.06g +950ml = 57g)

  4. 4

    Grind Them Beans

    Grind the coffee rather coarse and add it to your press. Set the press on your scale and zero out the weight so that when you pour in the water, it will be easier to measure how much you’ve added. 

  5. 5

    Remove Kettle from Stove

    Remove your boiling kettle from heat and let it sit for 45 seconds bringing it down to 200°–205° fahrenheit.

  6. 6

    Pour The Water into the Press

    Set the timer at 4 minutes. Carefully add the amount of hot water you’ve calculated—from our example, that would be 34oz (~950ml). Make sure to fully saturate the grounds to get an even extraction of all the coffee.

  7. 7

    Plunge the Press

    When the timer goes off, carefully and slowly plunge the press. You should then pour the coffee into another container to stop any further extraction. Now drink it. Do it.