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It is no secret that I love French press coffee. The flavor is full-bodied and rich. But to me, my favorite part is that it is so easy. Our big coffee pot stays locked in the closet, because we drink coffee rarely enough that a giant appliance doesn’t need to take up valuable counter real estate. A French press is small and convenient.

Our French press is 17 ounces, which is perfect for two small cups of coffee (or one giant one). I love it.

A French press is typically made of two parts, the beaker/handle and the plunger. On my French press, the beaker pulls out of the plastic handle for easy washing.

To make French press coffee, start with boiling water in a kettle. Water boiled in an orange kettle tastes better, true story.

While waiting for the kettle to boil, prepare your press. For my 17 ounce press, I use about three rounded tablespoons of coffee grounds. This makes for a strong, but not overwhelming so, cup of coffee.

Place the grounds in the bottom of your empty press.

Once the kettle boils, remove from heat and wait for 30-45 seconds. You do not want boiling water, you want just boiled water. After your waiting period is over, pour slow and steadily over grinds. You don’t want the grinds to splash around.

Fill to about 1-1/2 inches from the top of your press. You need to leave enough room to place the plunger without spilling. Too full and when your press your coffee, you’ll have a very hot mess on your hands.

Replace the plunger on top of the press. Do not press the plunger down.

Now set your timer for 4 minutes and wait.

Any less than that and you risk brown-colored water. Any more than that and it starts to get very bitter. Remember, you aren’t using a filter, so any impurities or bitterness comes through very easily.

When the time is up, press the plunger very slowly.

Delicious, frothy coffee!

Pour into mugs and doctor up as desired (I like half and half and honey).

Happy pressing!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. I love this post!! I have that same french press in brown. I love using my french press because my husband doesn’t drink coffee and the press makes the perfect coffee for one!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your technique! I bought a French Press but it is not a very good quality one I think. I never managed to make good coffee using it. I tried your method and it worked like charm!

  3. It is really very good tutorial about make french press coffee. I love to drink it very much. after reading this post, Now I am also able to make french press coffee. Thanks for given this info.

  4. allan

    Removing the glass beaker from the plastic holder is a bad idea. One whack on anything metal or ceramic or porcelain and the glass beaker is done. I learned this the hard way.

    So now when my glass beaker is cold, I dump out the grounds, refill the glass beaker with clean water, put a drop of Palmolive on the plunger edge, and plunge the water into soapy suds.. Refill to rinse, drain, drip dry.

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