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How to Use a French Press

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Love good coffee? Me too.


Using a French press to make your morning cup can be an easy way to brew a delicious, reliable pot every day. But exactly how do you use it? Here are some tips that I’ve picked up from baristas who really know their stuff.

How Much Coffee?


An expert at a big coffee chain told me that you should use roughly 70 grams of coffee per liter of water (or 28-30 grams of coffee per half-liter). And yes, it sounds both tedious and hard to calculate. But really, with a good kitchen scale it’s not so challenging. Many will allow you to toggle between ounces and grams. And after all, this is about brewing a good cup, right?

Secrets of A Good French Press



  • Start by setting your water to boil in a tea kettle.

  • While the water is heating up, measure out the coffee grounds and add them to the French press.

  • After the water has reached a boil, only pour in enough to cover the grounds. Let it sit for 30 seconds. This allows the coffee to bloom and release gases.

  • Next, pour the remainder of the water in and allow the coffee to steep for 3-4 minutes.

  • Then, press, pour and enjoy.


How to Make French Press

An Alternative Method


Instead of actually pressing the coffee with the French press, skim any grounds from the top of the water with a spoon. Then, use the press as a filter when pouring, without pressing it down. This will allow for a less muddy cup of joe with less sediment. It’s a clean flavor, and less acidic as well.

Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
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