How Do You French Press Coffee?


Quick Answer

To use a French press, pour ground coffee and very hot water into the cup of the French press. Stir the coffee briefly, cover the cop, and let the coffee steep for a few minutes. Press the plunger slowly into the container, then pour the coffee into individual coffee cups.

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  1. Boil the water, and grind the coffee

    Bring water to boil in a kettle. If you have a home coffee grinder, grind the coffee beans right before you use your French press as a flavor-enhancing option. Otherwise, you can use any preground coffee.

  2. Add ground coffee and water to the French press

    Add freshly ground coffee to the French press container. Pour in the water from the kettle after it has stopped boiling. Use about 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 1 cup of water. You can adjust the amount of coffee as needed for a stronger or lighter flavor.

  3. Stir the coffee

    Using a plastic or wooden spoon, stir the coffee beans briefly to help combine the coffee with the water. Avoid using a metal spoon, which can cause the glass container to shatter.

  4. Cover and steep the coffee

    Cover the French press with the lid, which also contains the plunger. Make sure the plunger is lifted all the way up so that it is at the top of the lid. Allow the coffee to steep for three to four minutes.

  5. Plunge the coffee

    Hold the French press firmly by the handle with one hand, and press down slowly on the plunger with your other hand. Do not go too fast, or scalding hot water may shoot out from the spout. Press down until the plunger touches the bottom of the container.

  6. Pour the coffee

    With the plunger in place, pour the coffee from the French press into individual cups to serve. The plunger helps filter out the coffee grounds when pouring the coffee.

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