Many years ago, I used to have a lot of sleepover parties at my sister’s house. I would bring the dog over and Jax & Mya (Sara’s dog) would play for hours. The next morning (usually after watching several horror movies the night before and staying up way too late…) she always made coffee in a french press. I recently acquired a french press of hers. I was so excited to use it because I remembered the coffee tasting remarkably good.
When it came time to use it, I realized there were no instructions included or printed on the french press. Looking online for tips, I had trouble finding plain instructions. There were lots of formulas, weighing out of ingredients, and proper ways to make a cup of coffee in a french press. I have deep appreciation for the artistry of coffee brewing. I love seeing people passionate about what they do. However, while the videos and websites offered artistic, beautiful, extremely detailed stories about coffee brewing, I did not find a simple recipe.
So–I offer you my non-expert results. To make 2 full mugs of coffee, I use 3 Tablespoons (9 teaspoons) of medium coarse ground coffee and 3 cups of boiling water. Using the french press is very easy and the coffee tastes so much better than what drips out of the coffee maker! It tastes milder, smoother, and I think even some non-coffee drinkers would appreciate it!
- Grind fresh coffee (medium coarse grind.) You will need 3 Tablespoons of ground coffee. (It is still exceptionally good with stored ground coffee.)
- Boil 3 cups of water on the stove top over medium heat. While the water is boiling, I remove the plunger and fill the french press with very hot water from the tap and let it sit inside for one minute, and then empty it. (To warm the glass)
- Add your 3 Tbsp of ground coffee to the bottom of the french press.
- Remove your boiling water from the heat. I add just enough of the boiled water to the french press to cover the grounds and let it rest for one minute. It is recommended that you stir the water & grounds in the french press before adding any more water.
- Add your remaining water that you boiled and place the cover/plunger on top (do not push the plunger down just yet.) Let the mixture brew for 3-4 minutes.
- Push down slowly but consistently on the plunger to move the grounds to the bottom of the french press. Push down as far as it will go.
- Serve your coffee immediately. Letting the brewed coffee sit with the grounds can turn it bitter.
Using the french press is super easy and the coffee tastes fantastic! I haven’t touched my coffee maker since I started using the french press. Fresh, smooth coffee is so much more tempting than reheating coffee from the pot!