How to Make French Press Coffee in 5 Easy Steps

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Today you’re going to learn how to make French press coffee at home. Brewing coffee at home is a great way to save money. It’s actually the first thing I would tell you to do if you were looking to cut costs in the kitchen.

You know why?

You can drink coffee at home for one year for about the same price of buying coffee from a coffee shop for one week.

Yes you read that right, the savings potential is through the roof. If you’re interested in learning more about just how much you’d save, my long-winded rant can be found here.

Now, if you’re new to brewing coffee at home, I will preamble this article by saying a plain ol’ coffee machine like this one will work:

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Though, the French press is actually less expensive, and it arguably makes a better coffee. There is just a little more labor and time involved. If you are currently French press-less, the one below is affordable and works great. It’s the one I use at home as well:
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Making coffee in a french press is surprisingly easy. See below for the five steps that outline how to make French press coffee at home.

How to Make French Press Coffee

How to Make French Press Coffee in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Grind the beansIrish Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream Grinding Beans and how to make french press coffee

For this step you’ll need a coffee or spice grinder to roughly grind the beans. Buying pre-ground coffee could work, but the pre-ground stuff is usually finer than what you need. In other words, it’s too ground up.

You can measure the amount of coffee beans you need by using about 1 tablespoon of beans for every 1 cup of water. If you want stronger or weaker coffee, adjust the ratio up or down from there. Coffee snobs will tell you there is an exact science to brewing the perfect cup of joe, but the whole point of doing things at home is so that you can make it how you want it. So make it how you want it.

Step 2: Heat the water

How to Make French Press Coffee Heating Water

I went the tea kettle + stove top route. There are many ways to heat water though…

  • Electric Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Camp fire

The key is to get the water to about 195 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s actually not as hard as it sounds to do. Boiling water is 212 degrees, so the trick is to boil some water and wait about a minute before using it so that it cools ever so slightly.

Step 3: Combine the beans and water in your French press

In this next step, it’s time to add the ground coffee beans to the bottom of the French press. Then, slowly pour your hot water into the French press. Again, it should be roughly 1 tablespoon of coffee beans to 1 cup of water (or however you want to mix it up).

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Once everything is added, stir it together for a bit (more than 5 seconds, less than a minute) to get everything incorporated.

How to Make French Press Coffee Stirring

Promptly cover your French press after you are done stirring.

Step 4: Wait…

Now it’s time to wait for about 4-5 minutes as the coffee beans steep in the water.

At this time I suggest you finish making your eggs or pancakes, get out the crossword, or prep whatever you’ll be eating/doing this morning.

Step 5: Press and serve

Finally, after waiting, press down on your French press and push all the ground beans to the bottom of the French press. You are left with delicious French pressed coffee above your filter that you can serve, drink and enjoy!

How to Make French Press Coffee Pressing

Now you know how to make French press coffee at home in 5 easy steps!

Want to take your coffee to the next level? Check out this Irish Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream recipe.

Here are some other cool coffee recipe ideas in case you’re interested:

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