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French Press How-To

French Press How-To - Christies Bakery

We love french press coffee: it's simple, low-waste, and keeps lots of the coffee bean oils in the brew.

French press is a great starting point for coffee drinkers looking to take their home brewing to the next level! You can play around with the amount of water and coffee beans used to find a flavour that works for you! See the How-To below. 

French Press How-To

Step 1: Preheat your french press by filling it up with water

Step 2: Pour your coffee grinds into the beaker

  • The grinds should have a medium coarse consistency
  • The amount of grinds and water used can vary based on serving size, personal taste, and other factors. We recommend starting with a 1:14 ratio (1 gram of grind per 14 grams of water) and adjusting from there.

Step 3: Pour hot water to use about half of your desired total amount.

  • We’re looking for a temperature around 200° F.

Step 4: Wait 30 seconds, and with a wooden spoon, gently gently stir the frothy part (bloom) of the coffee at the top. This will help submerge any grinds stuck at the top and add more flavour. 

Step 5: Pour the rest of your hot water into the beaker and press the plunger down just enough to submerge the frothy bloom (about 1 inch).

Step 6: Set a timer for 4 minutes and wait.

Step 7: After 4 minutes, fully press the plunger down.

  • If it goes down too easy, either your grind is too coarse or your grind:water ratio is too large. If it is difficult to press down, your grind is too fine or your ratio is too small.

Step 8: Serve it up!

  • It is best to serve french press coffee immediately, as it will continue to extract as it sits in the beaker.

Extra Notes

  • Why weigh? There's nothing wrong with eyeballing everything if you what works for you! If you have a scale and an extra 30 seconds, weighing and measuring your grinds and water lets you adjust your coffee more precisely! If you don't have a scale but would still like to measure, you can use a base of 2 tablespoons of coffee per 4 ounces of water. 
  • It is natural for there to be bean particles and oils at the bottom of your cup. If you'd like to reduce this, you can pour your coffee through a filter when serving.


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