Saturday, December 16

French Press Coffee Recipe

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French press coffee is considered one of the richest, best-tasting coffees available, and you can brew it easily at home. TheFrench pressis not only stylish, it’s also durable, easy to use and clean, and produces a full-bodied cup of Joe unlike anything that comes from the automatic drip machine to which you may have grown accustomed. In fact, the French press, sometimes referred to as a plunger pot or press pot, is the easiest way to uplift yourself from the doldrums of everyday coffee to the world of rich, superior French press coffee. With the right technique, tools and French press coffee recipe, you can achieve the best results every time right in your own kitchen.

French Press Coffee Recipe


  • Freshly-ground coffee

  • Hot water

  • Milk, sugar, cream, etc. (optional)


  1. Remove the plunger from your French press. Add a cup of hot water to the glass beaker portion of your press to warm it before brewing coffee. This is optional, but recommended.

  2. Discard the water you used to warm the press, and add 2 tbsp. of freshly-ground coffee to the glass beaker for each 4-oz. cup of coffee you’re making. If you’re making 2 cups, for example, you’ll need to add 4 tbsp. coffee grounds.

  3. Add very hot (but not quite boiling) water to the glass beaker, pouring it over the coffee grounds. You can bring a kettle of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and add a shot of cold water or allow it to stand for a few minutes to cool before adding it to the French press. Leave at least 1 inch of space at the top of the beaker.

  4. Place the plunger back on the French press and turn the lid to close the pour spout if your model has that option. Allow the coffee to steep for about 4 minutes.

  5. Lower the plunger straight down in the glass beaker using the palm of your hand and applying even pressure. Do not push down too hard and don’t move the plunger at an angle, as this can cause the glass to break.

  6. Open the lid, and pour the coffee into mugs. Add milk, sugar, cream or any other additives you desire, serve immediately and enjoy!


  • You can use coffee that’s already been ground, if desired, but the taste will be inferior to that of coffee made with fresh grounds.

This French press coffee recipe can be used with almost every type of French press, but it’s always a good idea to check the instructions that came with the device before you begin. Use these directions as a general guide for making your own perfect French press coffee.


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