French Press Brewing Guides

The classic French Press is known for its ability to brew a consistent, heavy bodied black coffee.

What you’ll need:

  • French Press
  • 20g ground coffee (approximately 3 tablespoons)
  • 240ml water (2 teaspoons less than 1 cup) at 94°C (1:50 minutes off the boil)
  • Tablespoon
  • Cup
  • Kettle
  • Scales, if possible, otherwise follow eye measurements

Brewing recipe:

  • Add 20g of coffee into your French Press.
  • Pour 40ml of hot water.
  • Stir 10 times to wet the ground coffee, and leave it for 30 seconds on the timer.
  • Pour the remaining water.
  • Add the lid and leave for 3 more minutes.
  • Stir a few times until the grinds fall to the bottom.
  • Then, very slowly, plunge over 1 minute.
  • Serve into cups straight away to avoid over extracting the coffee.

Pro tips:

  • Darker roasts require lower and cooler temperature water. If the water is too hot, the brew will easily over extract and taste bitter.
  • Lighter roasts require higher temperature water. Light roasts are more dense and need hotter temperatures to extract the flavours.
  • Slow plunging is key! Always allow 45 seconds to 1 minute for plunging. Plunging too fast will make a gritty, unclean cup.
  • For lighter to medium roast coffees, a few stirs of the brew just before plunging reduces sourness.
  • Do not stir before plunging with dark roast coffees since this coffee has very little sourness and this will bring out over extracted, roasty notes.

Coffees to brew with your French Press!

Dark Chocolate, Figs, Roasted Almond
Cocoa, Oaky, Bitter Sweet
Strong, Cocoa, Bitter Sweet
Dark Chocolate, Walnut and Molasses
Dark Chocolate, Cocoa, Fruit Jam
Dark Chocolate, Prune, Orange Marmalade
Molasses, Prune & Dark Chocolate