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How to Make French Press Coffee
- Water Ratio: Use 2 Tbsp of coffee grounds for every 6 oz of water, which would be 8 Tbsp for a 12-cup french press
- Grinds: Use coffee ground specifically for a french-press, which we'll do for you when you order
- Water Temperature: Use water between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, we find using an automatic kettle to boil water then letting it sit for 2 minutes is perfect
- Water Quality: Clean, fresh water like filtered tap water that hasn't been distilled, or bottled spring water
What is a French Press
French Presses (or "press pots") are a traditional way of brewing coffee, which gives the coffee grounds time to steep into the water. It also imparts more of the true flavour of the coffee into your drink because the essential oils remain in the brewed coffee after being strained through a metal mesh filter. While some people try to avoid the oily substance you find in a french press or espresso coffee - the experts and connoisseurs will testify that it's the only way to truly enjoy a cup.
While there are a number of french press coffee makers on the market, the leader by far is Bodum, with almost a dozen styles and a huge range of sizes for each. It's important to note that french press "cups" are actually 4-oz cups (or "after-dinner cups") and not a "cup" that Canadians and Americans are used to. Most Canadians would consider a "coffee cup" to be a mug, which is typically 8-oz or larger. That means when sizing a french press, you'll want to cut the number of "cups" you're looking at in half to get a true number of "mugs". That means a 2-cup french press will make a single serving of coffee, and an 8-cup french press will actually make just enough for 4 people. If you want to make better use of your coffee grounds or you'll be entertaining, you'll want at least an 8-cup french press, and may be better off going with a 12-cup.
Types of French Press Coffee
Any coffee can be made with a french press, provided you have it ground for a french press. We offer grinding for your specific needs, including a french press grind when order. Simply select "French Press Grind" from the coffee page when ordering. You'll want about 56g of coffee for an 8-cup french press, which means you'll get 8 full 8-cup (4 mug) servings per pound of coffee.
You'll find that using a french press as opposed to a paper-filter brewing method (drip coffee makers) will leave more unique tastes in your drink. Because of this, you absolutely want to try different coffee beans since you can find a new variety or source that you absolutely love but didn't know about before. We try to provide great pricing on some of the basic beans, plus aggressive pricing on some of the more specialty beans.
French Press Grind
The french press grind is one of the coarser grinds, you don't want it too thin or it may clog the filter and plunger. The coffee is left to steep for 5-7 minutes, which will give the grounds plenty of time to impart their flavour into the brew.
In an idea world, you'd buy whole bean coffee and grind the beans yourself, just before brewing. Coffee is a product that loses much of its' flavour and aroma within a few weeks of roasting, and keeping as much of the coffee itself from being exposed to air keeps it fresh longer. By grinding just before brewing, you're only exposing minimal surface area and the insides of the coffee beans are preserved, along with their flavours.
Compared to drip coffee, french press coffee is ground a little coarser.
Ratio of Coffee to Water
For an 8-cup (32oz, 896mL) french press we recommend using 8 tablespoons (56 grams) of coffee. If you have a scale to weigh out the coffee then that's perfect, otherwise using tablespoons should work fine.
Generally, the larger the french press pot you use, the lower the ratio of grounds to water.