French Press Brew Guide.

The French press is an absolute classic. It’s great for brewing a large amount of coffee and it’s super easy to use. There’s no special pouring technique or messing around with filter papers. You simply weigh out the coffee, pour in the right amount of water and give it four minutes to brew. And that’s pretty much it. 

We like this one when there’s a crowd so we’re using a recipe for a French press with 1 litre capacity. A good rule of thumb is 15g of coffee for every 250g of water if you’re using a smaller plunger or want to brew less coffee.


  • French press
  • 55g freshly ground coffee (coarse grind)
  • Spoon
  • Kettle
  • Digital scale
  • Timer


Preheat your French press by pouring in some boiling water. Give it a swirl and discard the water.

Place the French press on a scale and weigh out 55g of freshly ground coffee.

Pour 850g of hot water over the dry coffee and saturate all the grounds. Set your timer. 

Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes with the plunger cap on but not pressed down (that’ll stop the heat escaping).

Remove the plunger and stir 3 times.

Replace the plunger and plunge slowly for about 10 seconds.

Serve the coffee immediately or decant into another vessel. If it sits for too long in your French press it will turn bitter.