How to Make Coffee in a French Press

by Cynthia Stogdill


  • French Press - Bodum
  • Coffee Grinder - Burr
  • water
  • Stir stick
  • Dish towel
  • Measuring spoon
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Quiet weekend mornings are great for taking extra time to make coffee in a French Press. The flavor is deeper than traditional drip coffee and a nice treat.

    Step 2

    This is my favorite French Press - it's a Bodum.

    Step 3


    Step 4


    Step 5

    Fill the beaker with water to the appropriate level. My press will make about 5 cups of coffee. You may use your traditional coffee pot to determine the right amount.

    Step 6

    Bring water to just off the boil. I use the microwave but you can use a teapot and pour water into beaker.

    Step 7

    Just off the boil = bubbles rising to the top but not quite a simmer.

    Step 8

    While water is heating, grind coffee. I use a burr grinder. More expensive but nicely grinds coffee instead of chopping it for a nicer flavor.

    Step 9

    French press coffee uses a courser grind so the coffee doesn't pass through the plunger screen.

    Step 10

    When water is ready, measure coffee. I use a Starbucks coffee spoon which measures about 2 Tbls. My press uses 2 scoops.

    Step 11

    Pour coffee over water.

    Step 12

    Using the stir stick, gently stir coffee and water until coffee is just under the water.

    Step 13

    Place top on press with the plunger "up"

    Step 14

    Replace top on press but do not press plunger.

    Step 15

    Let coffee sit in press - 4 minutes.

    Step 16

    Depress plunger - slowly.

    Step 17

    Pressing plunger down.

    Step 18

    Coffee Time!

    Step 19

    If you are a slow sipper, like me, you may wrap a towel around the press to keep the coffee warm.