The french press is one of the easiest ways to brew robust coffee at home. If you are trying to get into a more coffee geek way to brew at home, this is the way to go.
French press grounds need to be a coarse grind. It is important to use a burr grinder to get a good quality grind rather than beans being unevenly chopped which may cause an inconsistent brew. Use one tablespoon for every 4 oz of water added into the press, however this can be adjusted based on your personal tastes.
Here’s a general guide to proportions by volume. Note that coffee beans are measured before grinding.
- 1 serving — 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces) — 2 tablespoons coffee beans
- 2 servings — 2 cups water (16 fluid ounces) — 1/4 cup coffee beans
- 4 servings — 4 cups water (32 fluid ounces) — 1/2 cup coffee beans
- 8 servings — 8 cups water (64 fluid ounces) — 1 cup coffee beans
Bring water to a boil using stovetop or electric water kettle and then let cool for one minute for the optimal heat for brewing. This is important so the grounds are not scorched. Pour to ensure all grounds are evenly saturated. Next stir the grounds using an up and down motion. Next, let sit for four mins. You may want to use a timer and of course this time can be adjusted based personal taste.
Next, the lid-top and plunger is placed on the press pot and pushed slowly into the pot, forcing the grounds to the bottom. Coffee is poured immediately.
Side Note: If you are not going to drink the coffee immediately, don't leave it in the French press, where it will continue to sit on the grounds and get bitter. Pour into a thermal carafe to keep it hot.