How to Use a French Press

Aug 16, 2010 | Simply Ang | 10 comments

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 I only recommend product that I personally use myself.It was requested that I give specific instructions 

on how to use a French Press so… why not?


1.  Choose your coffee!  I recommend Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast or Starbuck’s Café Verona
2.  For a full Press measure out four generous tablespoons of coffee beans.
3.  Grind coffee – Not to big…
4.  But just right… you don’t want the grounds too small or they will escape thru the mesh!
5.  Pour it into your empty Press.
6.  Boil your water – small boil
7.  Carefully pour the water in, it will look like really strong tea.
8.  Stir your grounds in, I do about twenty twirls with the closest thing I can grab, usually a butter knife.
9.  Put the lid on, but do not push it down, put a clean dish towel thru the handle
10. Wrap one side over the other, this will keep your coffee warm as you enjoy it
11.  Wait about 4 minutes and press your coffee with a flat palm, it should press down with just a little resistance.  If you have to really push, your coffee is not ready to be pressed.
12.  ENJOY!!!

We switched years ago to a French Press.  I take it with me to families homes, on vacation, I even fill a mug and carry French pressed coffee into restaurants (I also bring my own wine glass to tastings 🙂  I will NEVER own a conventional coffee pot again.  This is how coffee is supposed to taste.  
French Presses are available in a variety of prices from the coveted le Creuset to the affordable, if not still decadent Bodom.  If you are ready to make the change that will rock your morning routine here is a selection to chose from.

 Sterling Pro, $33.85
Grosche, $33.19
Bodum Chambord (My personal favorite) $42.90
And the one I really want, Le Creuset $59.90


  1. Alison

    Here in Australia we call it a Plunger(so we make Plunger Coffee)

  2. Sandra

    When I’m the only one home, I make French Press coffee and will, sometimes, use my Kona beans…bliss!

  3. Pam

    Thanks for the tutorial – I’ve wondered about that myself. Also, thanks for the coffee bean info. I was looking at Trader Joe’s coffee last week and was wondering about it. I think I’ll give it a try when my current beans run out. I may also invest in a French press. Since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house it would take up much less room than my huge Capresso currently does. I’m sure it’d be prettier, too. :0)

  4. Girl Meets Paris

    Thanks Angela for fulfilling my request! I will literally copy, paste and print these instructions and try it in Paris. If I like it, maybe I’ll buy a Press there… along with some perfume… ha.

  5. Kalee

    This is the best way to enjoy coffee! I had never thought of the tea towel wrap, so thank you for sharing!

  6. Musings From A French Cottage

    I had to comment and tell you what my 8 year old said about this post! He walked over as I was reading and asked why all of your photos are numbered, so I explained to him that they were numbered to show the order of steps required to make coffee in a French Press. We went through each step and I explained to him what was happening in each picture. Then, we scrolled down and when he saw the written part of your post, he said, “I knew step 12 was going to be ENJOY…well, actually, in this case, I guess it would be Bon Appetit.”

    His words exactly as he said them. Too funny. He’s been paying attention after all. He knows I love my French blogs!

    Have a great day!

  7. poppies

    Oh, is there anything better than French Press coffee??? I only have one cup, but it’s a ritual for me.

    I never knew about French Press until I travelled to Ireland. Every inn we stayed at brought one to the table and said “wait a few minutes and then press”. I was mesmerized and gifted myself with one the moment I got home.

  8. Farmgirl Cyn

    I know my instructions say to stir after pouring the boiling water, but I am only making one cup, so I figure the grounds are pretty much mixed in with the force of the water. I love the tea towel idea! Hadn’t ever thought about that!
    I just use plain old Folgers for mine…one of the milder ones. I don’t bother grinding my own beans as I am now using my grinder for herbs and peppercorns!

  9. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~

    Ah yes, my French Press. I haven’t unpacked it since we moved. Must find it! It makes the best coffee ever.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


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