how to properly use a french press

Why would you need to learn how to properly use a french press?

Well, many working people in the world depend on coffee as their sole source of energy in the morning. The sound of hot water percolating over fermented, ground beans is a familiar array of sensory experiences that signify the beginning of a new day. The problem is, however, most people drink coffee that’s unfit to pour down a sewer drain, let alone drink.

I myself am guilty of settling for below-average coffee. I own a Keurig. We get free K-Cups and have a large, industrial-sized Keurig at work as well. The fact is, Keurigs make an absolutely terrible cup of coffee. Mr. Coffee isn’t much better. The beans are either steeped too long or not long enough, the water is usually the wrong temperature, and the end result comes out bitter, burned, or both. Thankfully, a better method is just as simple.

It’s time to learn the glorious simplicity of making coffee with a french press.

What You’ll Need

  • A French Press (Duh)
  • 24 oz of hot water
  • Medium coarse ground coffee
  • A timer


  1. Pour 12 oz of hot water into your empty, clean french press and plop the lid back on. Let it sit for a few minutes to bring the glass up to temperature. You don’t want to start your brew in a completely cold glass receptacle.
  2. Empty the water and dry the interior of the french press. Place 3 heaping tablespoons of your favorite medium coarse ground coffee beans into the bottom of the press. I suggest grinding your own beans so you can experiment with different levels of grind. I’ve found that too fine a grind produces bitter coffee and too coarse a grind makes weaker coffee. The medium coarse grind is a good middle ground.
  3. Add just enough of the remaining 12 oz of hot water to cover the beans. Place the lid back on and set a timer for 30 seconds.
  4. After the beans have soaked in the small amount of hot water for 30 seconds, proceed to pour the rest of the hot water into the french press. Replace the lid and set another timer for 3 and a half minutes.
  5. Once the 3 and a half minutes are up, press the plunger down slowly until it reaches the bottom of the french press. You’re now ready to pour your cup.
  6. Dump your delicious coffee into your favorite mug, let cool slightly, and enjoy!

I prefer to drink mine out of a mug that looks like Donald Duck’s butt.

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