The French press is a full immersion brewer that touts simplicity as its claim to fame. The press itself has two basic parts: a brewing chamber and a plunger with a filter screen attached to the bottom. Characteristics of a French press include producing a full bodied cup with a rich flavor profile. When using a full immersion brew method, it is extremely important to have a timer to monitor the brew time. Although it is one of the easiest brew methods, it is possible to produce overly extracted coffee by brewing the coffee too long.

Below is a step-by-step guide to assist you in your brewing. These suggested parameters provide a foundation from which to start, though we highly encourage experimentation as you develop your personal preferences. Have fun with it and remember, “without the love, it’s just coffee.”

Things you’ll need:

Brewing parameters:

  • Brew time: 4 minutes
  • Coffee: 60g
  • Water: 900g
  • Coffee to water ratio: 1:15
  • Grind: coarse
  • Ideal water temperature: 195 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 1

Preheat brewer with hot water.

Step 2

Weigh out 60g of whole bean coffee. Using a coffee to water ratio of 1:15 is ideal for the French press. This ratio will help you scale up or down for different size presses.

Step 3

Grind the coffee at the most coarse setting. Discard rinse water from the brewer and add ground coffee.

Step 4

Place everything on your scale. Tare scale to zero.

Step 5

Start a timer and vigorously pour 900g of water.

Step 6

When the timer reaches 1 minute, stir the coffee to help evenly saturate the grounds.

Step 7

Carefully put the lid onto the press, allowing the plunger to rest just above the surface of the brewing coffee.

Step 8

When the timer reaches 4 minutes, slowly press down the plunger.

Step 9

Serve immediately, allowing the coffee to rest in a mug/cup for a few minutes. Enjoy!