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How To Make Coffee with a French Press

It’s not hard to make coffee with a french press! Here’s how to do it!
How to make coffee with a french press

Every morning, no matter what, I start my day off with a cup of coffee.

Coffee is really the reason that I go to sleep every night. I remember remarking to a friend once that knowing that I’m going to wake up to a hot cup of joe gives me the motivation I need to get out of bed.

Yeah. It’s kind of like an addiction.

The only thing about my love of coffee, though, is that it also comes with a love of cream.

Cream, as you may know, is full of calories and fat, and it’s not necessarily something I need to be consuming nearly a half cup of every day.

So, I’m doing something different this year.

Nope, I’m not getting rid of my beloved coffee.

Instead of weak coffee made delicious with lots of cream and sugar,

I’m going to be making french press coffee from freshly ground beans to take advantage of coffee’s natural flavor.

Since my husband and I drink coffee everyday, we buy a big bag of coffee beans, or a can of ground coffee every month.

It costs about the same as 2 or 3 cups of coffee at a cafe, and I have learned that it only takes a few minutes to save a ton of money.  

Okay, so making coffee with a french press.

It’s incredibly easy to make, even if the press makes it seem a bit intimidating.

I asked for advice on Facebook for using it, searched on YouTube, and finally, asked Terrence to figure it out.

We have a 20 oz. press which is perfect for two people unless you want more.

These instructions for making coffee with a french press is using those measurements and our preference, so keep that in mind.

How To Make French Press Coffee

Step One: Start with a good grade of coffee.

It’s preferred that you start with a good grade of whole coffee beans. I’ve been a little lazy for the last few months, so we’ve just been using ground coffee. That’s totally fine. 

How to make coffee with a french press


Step Two: Grind the beans.

Use a coffee grinder to grind your coffee beans if you’re not using ground coffee. You want them to be medium fine in order to get the best flavor.

How to make coffee with a french press

Step Three: Pour hot water in with the Coffee.

Preheat the press with water from a kettle. Empty the water from the press and fill with 5 scoops of the ground coffee. Pour boiling hot water over the top of the grounds and let sit for 4 minutes.How to make coffee with a french press

Step Four: Let the Coffee sit.

Replace the top and push it down as far as it’ll go. Let it sit for another minute or so.

How to make coffee with a french press

How to make coffee with a french press

Step Five: Drink up!

Pour and enjoy. The flavor will be much more rich and bold.

How to make coffee with a french press

So, what do you think? Are you going to give french press coffee a try?

From the grinding of the beans until it’s ready to pour, your cup of coffee will be done in about 10 minutes. It takes me 6 minutes when I use ground coffee.

That’s not a long time when you consider the enhanced flavor and the time (and money) you save from having to stand in line at the coffee shop!

Give french press coffee a try and let me know how you like it!

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Saturday 10th of January 2015

That is actually a really great deal on those beans, holy moly! :) Great article as well - Marty


Saturday 10th of January 2015

Thanks, Marty! Yes, I was blown away! I feel like I made my first big save of the year!


Friday 9th of January 2015

I am going to give this a try it really sounds good


Saturday 10th of January 2015

it's great! Let me know how it turns out for you!

Notorious Spinks

Thursday 8th of January 2015

Oooooooo. Now you have to do the video. I was on Youtube a couple of weeks ago looking at videos so I can try this. Thanks for the review.


Saturday 10th of January 2015

Thank you for the encouragement! I'll have to get Terrence in front of the camera. He's the french press king!


Thursday 8th of January 2015

I begged Santa for a French press this year. I've never had it but knew it would be the strong, perfect coffee of my dreams. I received the press and my husband and I won't drink coffee any other way. It. Is. Perfect.

I do have to say you really must love coffee to love a pressed cup. It's not the weak of heart!

Love and beans!


Thursday 8th of January 2015

It really is, Carley! I'm just now becoming a more sophisticated coffee drinker, the weak stuff won't do anymore!

Barbara K

Thursday 8th of January 2015

Instead of pushing the top down as soon as you add the coffee and hot water I was taught to stir well and leave for 3-5 mins, then push the top down just before you're ready to pour. Seems to me you'll get better diffusion that way. But it IS really easy!


Thursday 8th of January 2015

Barbara, I will try it that way! I can see how that might give it a bit more diffusion! Thanks so much!