Background

French press coffee is dense and heavy. Though it’s sometimes criticized for being chalky, we think that a well-prepared French press is actually quite pure. But be careful: Of all methods, French press is perhaps the most vulnerable to over-extraction. For this reason, it’s necessary to transfer the entire contents of your pot to a cup or carafe immediately after it’s finished brewing.


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What you'll need

  • Coffee
  • Grinder
  • Scale
  • French press
  • Timer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Shared kettle
    Bring to a boil enough water for your French press. For a 17-oz. press, you'll need about 400 grams.
    French press step 2aShared course grinds
    While the water is heating, grind your coffee. French press coffee calls for a coarse, even grind.
    French press step 3
    Pour your water slowly (and counter-clockwise, of course) over the grounds. We recommend starting with a 1:10 coffee to water ratio. So if you have 40 grams of coffee, pour in your 400 grams of water.
    French press step 4
    Give the grounds a gentle stir with a bamboo paddle or chopstick. If it helps, visualize gentle canoe paddling. Let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds.
    French press step 5
    Add the rest of your water and place the pot’s lid gently on top of the grounds. Do not plunge yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes. Four. Don’t guess.
    French press step 6
    Press the filter down. If it’s hard to press, that means your grind is too fine; if the plunger thunks immediately down to the pot’s floor, it means your grind is too coarse. The sweet spot, pressure-wise, is 15-20 pounds. Not sure what this feels like? Try it out on your bathroom scale. We have.
    French press step 7
    When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately. Do not let it sit, as this will cause it to continue brewing. Drink it. Quick!