How to brew with a French Press

How to brew with a French Press

  • Place pot on a dry, flat, non-slip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger unit straight up and out of the pot.

  • For each 1.25 dl, 4 oz cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon of coarse ground coffee into the pot. CAUTION: Use only coarse ground coffee. Fine grind can clog the filter and create high pressure. Place coffee maker on a heat proof, non-slip surface.

  • Pour hot (not boiling) water into the pot. Leave a minimum of 2.5 cm, 1 inch of space at the top. Stir the brew with a plastic spoon. CAUTION: Metal spoons can scratch or chip the glass beaker and cause breakage.

  • Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn the lid to close off the pour spout opening. Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes.

  • Hold the pot handle firmly with the spout turned away from you, then using just the weight of your hand, apply slight pressure on top of the knob to lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces best results. If the filter clogs or it becomes difficult to push down the plunger you should remove the plunger from the pot, stir the brew and then slowly plunge again. 

  • Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.

    A typical ratio for French Press is 1:12 for a strong cup, 1:15 for a regular cup, or 1:17 for a weak cup. For a regular cup, that's 64g (12tbsp) of coffee to 32 oz of water.
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