How to Improve Your Brew: French Press

How to Improve Your Brew: French Press

Simple, convenient and consistent, the French Press has been a staple in coffee shops since its inception in 1929. Follow along with our brew guide for tips on how the French Press can improve your brew. 

Ryan Dungey shows his French Press brewing setup

Simple, convenient and consistent, the French press has been a staple in coffee shops since its inception in 1929. Engineered to allow the user complete control over the brewing process, the French press ensures each cup is not only perfect, but also fully customizable to each person’s preference. Below is our French press brewing guide for the ultimate cup of coffee. 

Because water is such a critical component in coffee, we recommend using filtered or purified water in order to get the best tasting brew. 

Supplies Needed

Step 1: Preheat French Press

Using the hot water from the kettle, add enough to fill your empty press about halfway up, then add the top and force the plunger down to the bottom. Leave the hot water in the French Press until it’s time to add the coffee. 

Step 2: Weigh and grind your coffee

While the French Press is pre-heating, measure out your coffee and grind it as coarse as sea salt or breadcrumbs. This is where you can customize the strength of your brew by adjusting the ratio of coffee to water. We recommend 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 8 ounces of water, but you can easily personalize the flavor by adding more (stronger) or less (lighter) coffee. 

Step 3: Add coffee grounds and saturate

Now that you’ve given the French Press time to heat up, remove the water inside and add your fresh coffee grounds into the empty press. Pour water that’s just off the boil (approximately 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit) so the grounds are covered in an inch or two of hot water and let them bloom for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure to start your timer after you’ve poured the water. 

Ryan brewing some RD Coffee in a French Press

Step 4: Stir

Grab your spoon at the one-minute mark and give the coffee a good stir, enough to break the top layer of crust. Make sure to break up any clumps and bring in the grounds stuck to the sides of the press. Using a wooden spoon or spatula is recommended so you don’t damage the glass beaker. 

Step 5: Add more water

Fill your French press the rest of the way - up to the top of the metal cage - remembering to pour slowly and evenly in a circular motion. Put the top on but don’t plunge just yet, let the French Press brew for a total of four minutes

Step 6: Plunge and enjoy

At four minutes, firmly press the plunger down and immediately pour all of the coffee into cups or a carafe to avoid the bitter taste and over-extraction that occurs when coffee sits on its grounds for too long. The result is a delicious cup of coffee loaded with flavor to kickstart your morning or evening.

A plunged French Press, ready to drink