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How to Brew Coffee Using a French Press

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Do You Even French Press?

Struggling to make the perfect cup of coffee? Don’t get pressed off—we have your back. The French press is the most classic brewing method around. A staple in kitchens around the world, this brewing method serves up a bold cup of coffee every time.

Despite its name, the French press was actually patented by an Italian in the 1920s and the technology has remained the same ever since. Vintage, baby. A French press is a brewing mechanism that uses a filter to extract coffee that has been saturated completely by water. When used correctly, it makes one of the strongest cups of coffee out there.

A man with tattooed arms using a French press to make Death Wish Coffee.

The key to making a great French-pressed pot is the grind size of the beans. Thanks to this full emersion method, having grinds too fine could ultimately lead to a cup full of grounds—yuck.

For maximum satisfaction, whip out:


  1. Grind coffee. Grind coffee to the coarse setting on your grinder. Beans should be similar to breadcrumbs.
  2. Add coffee. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water to the brewer.
  3. Pour boiling water into French press. Fill up about halfway.
  4. Place the top onto the brewer. Let the soaked coffee sit for 2-6 minutes.
  5. Press it like you mean it. Push the top all the way down so that the brewed coffee emerges from the grinds.
  6. Pour your coffee into a mug and enjoy.

Keep it Clean:

  • Rinse filter screen and plunger under hot running water to remove grounds.
  • Gently rub a drop or two of dish soap over the plunger rod and screen.
  • Rinse all the soap off the filter, top and plunger.
  • Always keep your kettle clean and dry after every use.

SHOP: The Press