French Press Brewing Guide: How to Make French Press Coffee

One of the most popular ways to brew coffee at home is the French Press brewing method. When you make French Press coffee, you will be able to enjoy coffee that can be described as rich, thick, robust, and heavy. As the coffee grounds soak in the water, there is a high level of extraction that takes place, so that your French Press will pull many of the coffee flavors and oils from the grounds.

With the French Press coffee brewing method, the coarser grind level and thorough soaking of the coffee grounds will help provide a rich coffee drink that will satisfy the robust coffee drinkers and coffee connoisseurs alike. The following process will guide you in brewing two 12oz cups of coffee.

The French Press is a coffee brewing device that was created to brew robust coffee. It was originally patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. It is said that the device was originally created in France with a metal or cheesecloth screen fitted to a rod that users would press into a pot of boiling water. The modern version of the French Press consists of a glass or plastic beaker, with a lid that has a plunger and mesh filter which fit tightly into the beaker. The operation of the French Press is fairly straightforward, which is why many people regularly brew coffee in a French Press at home. 

Preparing to Brew
Before you begin the process of brewing the French Press, you will need the following items:

Chemex Brewing Method - Quality coffee1. Quality coffee (always important)
2. French Press coffee maker
3. Stirring utensil
4. Digital scale
5. Grinder
6. Kettle
7. Timer

The Grind Level
To start, grind your coffee beans with a coffee grinder, preferably with a coarse grind setting that will resemble bread crumbs. This setting will allow a great amount of flavor and oils to be extracted from the coffee beans during the brewing process. For our Honduran Medium Roastwhich would taste excellent in a French Press, we would recommend starting with 52 grams of coffee. Adjusting the amount of coffee beans (even by a gram) will make an impact on the taste of your cup of coffee.

French Press Brewing Guide - Grind Level
The Process
Set your timer to 4 minutes, using the countdown function.

French Press Brewing Guide - TimerPour the ground coffee into the bottom of the clean French Press. Place the French Press on top of your scale, then tare your scale (reset the scale so that the French Press is sitting on top, with the scale displaying “zero”).

French Press Brewing Guide - Scale

Fill the kettle with water and heat it until it reaches the boiling point. Let the water cool for 30 seconds, which will allow the water temperature to lower to approximately 205 degrees, then proceed to pour the water over the coffee ground. Add 100 grams of water to the coffee grounds. Try to get all of the grounds wet. This will allow the coffee grounds to bloom. Let the coffee grounds soak in the water for 30 seconds.

French Press Brewing Guide - First Pour
Next, pour water into the French Press in a slow, circular pouring motion until the water level reaches 800 grams total. Gently stir the liquid for a few moments in order to mix the coffee grounds with the water. Next, place the lid on the French Press to preserve the heat of the water, but don’t push down yet on the coffee press.

French Press Brewing Guide - Coffee Press
Let the French Press sit until the timer reaches 4 minutes, then push down on the coffee press. You can now pour and enjoy your French Press coffee. Make sure to pour immediately, in order to void the over-extraction of the coffee grounds still in the bottom of the French Press.

French Press Brewing Guide - Pour
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your robust cup of French Press coffee using one of the Direct Trade roasts from HOPE Coffee and change lives with every cup!