French Press Coffee Recipe: How to prepare a French Press Coffee?

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If you love intense coffee or looking to try something a little a heavy body, this brewing method is for you.

Prepare a rich and full bodied cup to satisfy your palate at any time. If you have never used a french press before, no worries it is very easy and a practical brewing method to make coffee.



French Press Brew Guide

We are gong to start with a single cup size (12oz) but depending on the size of French Press you have at home you can just multiply accordingly to get a perfect result.

If you do not have a french press but would like to give it a try check out the Bodum French press.


What grind is used in the French Press?

You should use coarse ground coffee, like sea salt, maybe at the coarsest setting on your grinder.

How to use a French Press?

You will need:

  • 20 grams of¬†coarse grind¬†Killer Coffee¬†
  • 350ml / 12oz hot water
  • A French Press.¬†They come in many sizes , but the most popular models make about 2 cups of coffee.


  1. Place the French Press on a flat surface, hold the handle firmly, and pull the plunger up and out of the carafe.
  2. Pour a little bit of hot water into the carafe (about 90¬ļC/195¬ļF) to preheat the glass. Discard the water after a few seconds.
  3. Add 20 grams or 3.5 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee.
  4. Pour the hot water filling the glass about 1/4 full and let the coffee bloom start, after 30 seconds stir with wooden spoon.
  5. Continue pouring the rest of water until it is about 3/4 full leaving some room for the plunger on top.
  6. Leave for four minutes to brew, then slowly lower the plunger pushing the ground coffee the bottom. Leaving the plunger pressed to the bottom, turn the lid to open the spout and pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee.

French Press Brewing Guide

And that's it!
 If your feeling fancy or want to be a pro, get your scale with a built-in timer to prepare a consistent cup.

Don't forget that recipes are not written in stone and you can play with ratios, we recommend to not go under 16 grams or over 30 grams to have a balanced flavor in your cup of coffee.

French Press Coffee Ratio

What type of roast is recommended?

Basically you can use ANY type of roast, since we are talking about an immersion method you can control the extraction time for a light roast, dark roast or medium roast, although we prefer the latter.

In addition, we highly recommend to get your own grinder to grind your beans in small quantities and right before brewing. The best option is a burr grinders, offering an even result than using a blades grinder that is not consistent with coffee particles.

In summary, the French Press is the perfect low-maintenance brew method for lazy weekend mornings that also offers an intense flavor and heavy body since doesn't filter out the natural oils, giving you a very and richly flavored brew.