Customize Your Coffee Intensity With A French Press Coffee Maker

How To Use A French Press Coffee Maker

French press coffee makers
provide coffee drinkers the chance to brew a cup to their exact tastes. By varying the water temperature, coffee grind and brew time, you can enjoy coffee done to perfection for your palate.

What Is A French Press Coffee Maker?

A French press is a manual coffee maker that combines hot water, coarsely ground coffee in a vessel. The plunger attachment on the vessel allows you to press down and capture the grounds, leaving fresh coffee for the pouring when you’re ready for a cup.

How Do I Use A French Press Coffee Maker?

From grinding your coffee to depressing the plunger, baristas can give you great advice on brewing wonderful coffee. Check out Mike Jones with Third Rail Coffee.

Once you add your coarse ground coffee to your french press, add enough of the hot water to soak through the grounds and stir gently. Then go ahead and fill the press. Add your plunger mechanism to the top of the French press carafe and allow it to steep for 3.5 to 4 minutes, then plunge and serve or decant.

It’s important to note that as long as the coffee grounds are in touch with hot water, they’ll keep extracting coffee flavor, which can grow bitter over time. Decanting your french press coffee once you’ve applied the plunger will keep your coffee fresh and delicious.

What Tools Or Ingredients Work Best For French Press Coffee?

To make great french press coffee, you need the following crucial factors to be right:

  1. Don’t use fine-grind coffee. You’ll need a burr grinder for french press coffee so the grounds are fairly large and consistent in size. Blade grinders are great for espresso, but not great for french press. Too fine a grind results in a bitter, oily coffee.
  2. The water temperature needs to be just off the boil. Experts recommend brewing french press coffee at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit, so bring your water to a boil, let it rest for a minute, and add it to the grounds. If you’re just starting out and trying to develop a taste for French press, don’t let it steep too long. Three to four minutes is a good starting point. Press down the plunger slowly and enjoy smooth, rich and very hot coffee, brewed to your taste.

French Press Vs. Drip

Benefits of French press:

  1. The French press is portable. If you’re traveling and want your favorite French press, make sure to lay in a stock of coarse ground coffee. Then all your need is hot water and a little time for an ideal cup of coffee. For those of us whose desks and coffee pots are a long way apart, this can be critical during deadlines!
  2. The French press can be customized to provide you exactly the intensity of flavor you want. Need a stouter cup to start the day? Let it steep a few more seconds, or shorten the resting time on your freshly boiled water directly for a more intense brew. If your guest prefers a milder cup, you can shorten the brew time.

Benefits of Drip coffee:

  1. Drip coffee is consistent. The flavor you get is the flavor you get, and all you have to do is load the machine and hit the power switch.
  2. Because it’s filtered, drip coffee should never contain any grounds. A properly handled French press won’t either, but filtration is a more detailed step in keeping grounds from your cup.
  3. Drip coffee machines are “groggy” proof. If early morning isn’t your best time, handling 200-degree water and a plunger first thing may not be your safest way to start the day.

Have Some Fun With Your French Press!

French press coffee makers can be used to make delicious summer iced coffees. You will need

  1. cool water
  2. coarse ground coffee
  3. your French press, and
  4. time.

You can cold brew coffee overnight for a cool morning iced coffee, or start one in the morning for a sipping treat when you get home from work. Start by wetting the grounds as directed above, then fill the press and let it sit either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. No matter what, do not plunge for twelve hours. This cold brew coffee will be a great background for creamers and sweeteners, just the thing for a rich, creamy iced coffee. Cold brew coffee can easily be frozen and these coffee cubes can be added to other beverages for a hint of coffee flavor with no bitterness.

Other unique recipes specific to your french press include Vietnamese coffee, which combines dark coffee with sweetened condensed milk. There are many ways to brew this luscious treat, but the critical flavor in addition to the milk is a dark, strong coffee. You can put your french press to good use by using very hot water and allowing it to steep for a good long while. This drink is an ideal treat over ice.


Coffee is an acquired taste, and once you add sweeteners or dairy products, your taste and preferences can change rapidly! Learning to make coffee in a French press gives you a portable coffee-making process with a small footprint. Once you master the french press, you can learn to create luscious beverages with a smooth cold brew or stout, strong coffee drinks paired with strong sweeteners or other intense flavor additions. The French brew coffee brewing process does require a special grind, but it can lead to excellent coffee adventures!

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