Making Coffee in a French Press
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Our favorite way to make coffee is to use a French press. What we love about using a French press is how simple it is and that there’s no filter or anything else to get in-between us and our coffee.
There’s something about the ritual of putting the kettle on the stove, grinding the beans, and brewing the coffee that helps to center oneself and focus on the day ahead. There’s also something timeless about using a classic French press, like Bodum’s Chambord whose iconic design makes it feel like your being transported to a Paris café.
This recipe is written for what’s considered an 8 cup French press, although it’s more like 4 cups by American standards. The recipe can be scaled up or down for different sizes of French presses. In our testing, we found that the 4 minute brew time was the most important variable; at 3 minutes the coffee tasted watery and by 5 minutes it had grown very bitter. A good rule of thumb is 1 heaping tbsp of coffee per cup; if you like your coffee strong, emphasize the heaping part.
Want to learn more about how to brew better coffee at home, read A Few Easy Tips for Making Better Coffee at Home. You can also check out Umami’s Coffee Section for more recipes, stories, and equipment.
Making Coffee in a French PressPrint Pin Recipe
- In a kettle bring slightly more than 4 cups of water to a boil. Take the kettle off the heat and let it rest for 1 minute.
- While the water is heating up, grind 64 grams (2-1/4 ounces) of high-quality coffee beans in a burr grinder.
- Place the ground coffee in the bottom of the French press. Once the water has rested, pour it over the grounds until it’s reached just under the top of the French press. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 195ºF and 205ºF degrees.
- Put the top on to the French press and let the coffee brew for 4 minutes before depressing the plunger.
- Once the plunger has been pressed down, the coffee is ready to drink.