Parisian elegance with our French Press brewing guide
French press coffee is dense and heavy, yet has its own sort of elegance. As with any method, the devil is in the details: and with our French Press brewing guide, you’ll achieve a full expression of the specialty coffee and produce a rich and heady cup.
Our french press guide is based around the one detailed in Jessica Easto’s book “Craft Coffee A Manual“. It uses an extra coarse grind and longer steeping time to produce an arguably more evenly balanced cup.
Grind: Extra coarse
Water Temp: 185°F / 85°C
Brew ratio: Approx. 1:14
Brewing time: 8mins
French press coffee-maker
Digital kitchen scale
Pour the water into the kettle and bring to a boil.
While the water heats, set your timer for 8 minutes (don’t start it), and grind your coffee to an extra coarse consistency. For french press coffee, your grind consistency is less important than the freshness of the grind.
Transfer the grounds into the french press and gently shake to level the grounds and then place onto the scale and zero.
When the water boils, start your timer and quickly add the water to the french press until the scale reads 400g.
After 30 to 45 seconds, gently stir the water until most of the grounds start to sink to the bottom.
Now place the plunger over the top but don’t depress it yet.
When the timer reaches 8 minutes, slowley and gently depress the plunger. Be careful not to forcefully depress as it will result in an unnecessary amount of agitation which will ruin the balance of your cup!
Brew ratios quick reference
For every 1 tablespoon of coffee add 113g of water. The stronger you like it the more you can add.
3 cup press = 340g water
8 cup press = 964g water
12 cup press = 1446g water
Step 06. Voilà
Your perfect pot of french press coffee is ready to be served. Transfer to a seperate carafe and enjoy the perfect cup.