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Brewing The Perfect Coffee: French Press

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Learn how to brew the perfect coffee at home with your own french press in our step-by-step guide. So every morning you can enjoy a delicious, fresh cup of Presto coffee within minutes.

    What you will need
    • French Press
    • Coffee Grinder
    • Digital Scale
    • Kettle
    • Timer
    • Coffee
    • Water

    Brew ratio

    1-2 People 285 g 19 g Coarse
    2-3 People 840 g 56 g Coarse
    3-4 People 1320 g 88 g Coarse
    Step 1
    Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil. For a 17-oz press, you'll need about 350 grams (12 ounces).

    Step 2
    While the water is heating, grind your coffee if you're using full beans. French press coffee is best with a coarse, even grind. Our recommendation is starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. So if you're using 350 grams of water, you’ll want 30 grams of coffee.

    Step 3
    To start, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds. For example, if you have 30 grams of coffee, you’ll want to start with 60 grams of water.

    Step 4
    Give the grounds a gentle stir and allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.

    Step 5
    Pour the remaining water and place the lid gently on top of the grounds. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes. 

    Step 6
    Gently press the filter down, if it’s hard to press, that means your grind is too fine; if the plunger drops quickly down to the bottom, it means your grind is too coarse. The sweet spot, pressure-wise, is 15–20 pounds. 
    When you’ve finished pressing, serve the coffee immediately. Don’t let it sit, as this will cause it to continue brewing and over-extract.
    Now your coffee is ready!