How to Make the Perfect French Press Coffee At Home

It's no lie that a good cup of coffee in the morning will make your day better. There are so many ways of brewing coffee, and each will deliver different results. One of our favorite ways to brew coffee is with a French Press. 

What is French Press Coffee?

A french press is also known as a coffee press, and is a manual way of brewing coffee. A french press is usually made with glass or stainless steel, and has a plunger with metal or nylon mesh filter.

What does a French press actually do?

A french press uses an immersion method to brewing coffee. Coffee grounds are soaked in water for an extended period of time which allows the coffee flavors to be extracted into the water. 

What are the pros and cons of a French Press?

Positives of French Press Coffee

  • Since French Press coffee is made through an immersion method, it allows the coffee to extract more flavors.
  • French Press coffee requires very little equipment and is affordable.
  • French presses are easy to maintain.

Negatives of French Press Coffee

  • French Press coffee can be more acidic
  • French Presses are delicate, especially if made of glass material, and can easily be broken
  • There is no way to regulate the temperature of a french press, so it can be easy to burn coffee


Can I use a French Press to make Espresso?

French Presses don't produce enough pressure to create espresso. French Press coffee is less concentrated compared to espresso. It also lacks the crema that you will get with espresso. You can use a french press to make coffee that is similar in strength to espresso by using a finer grind and increasing brew time.

French Press Ratios

We recommend a 1:12 ratio. For every gram of coffee, you want to use 15 grams of water. Here are some guidelines to go off of:

  • 1 Cup: 4 tbsp
  • 2 Cups: 8 Tbsp
  • 4 Cups: 16 tbsp

What coffee do I use to make French Press?

You'll get a great cup of French Press Coffee using medium to dark roast coffee. Our favorites from Brycks Coffee is 6 FigureBali, and Xentastic.

How do I make coffee using a French Press?

Making Coffee with a French Press is fairly easy. It is always best to purchase whole beans and grind your coffee as you brew. When making French Press Coffee, you want to use grounds that are more coarse.

  1. Boil your water. You want the water to reach about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place your coffee grounds into the French Press.
  3. Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds. After about a minute, use. a wooden spoon to break up the coffee grounds that rise to the top. Let this brew for 4-5 minutes.
  4. After 4-5 minutes, press the plunger slowly to separate the brewed coffee from the grounds
  5. Enjoy!

Note: You can also use your French Press to make cold brew!


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