How coarse to grind coffee for the French press?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how coarse to grind coffee for the French press” with an in-depth analysis of the preferable coffee grind for the French press. Moreover, we are going to discuss different ways to grind coffee.

How coarse to grind coffee for the French press?

For French press, you need coarse (chunky) and an even coffee grind. To make French press coffee, what you gotta do is to boil the water and afterward let it stand till its temperature reaches about 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit which is the ideal temperature to make coffee.

Now take the 2 tbsp of coarse ground coffee in the press and add 6 ounces of hot water into it (According to Starbucks). It is worth mentioning that firstly add a little amount of hot water to your coarsely ground coffee and stir it till a golden foam is formed, afterward add the rest of the water.

Now put back the plunger on the press and let the coffee brew in the hot water for about 4 minutes. 

Afterward, press the plunger to the bottom, and voila! You have yourself a nice cup of coffee.

Check the 3 Best way to grind coffee for French press.

Tips to make perfect coffee

  1. It’s in the usage of the right proportions of coffee and water that works wonders when it comes to brewing coffee. Adding some extra ground coffee will result in under-extraction of the coffee grounds and the coffee grounds that are not processed fully will not give you the same rich flavor. While the addition of fewer coffee grounds will make you do over-extraction that will result in a bitter taste. So the magic lies in using the right amount of coffee grounds (about 10 grams per 150 ml of water).
  1. You should always use fresh filtered water. Moreover, you should heat it to around 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit which is the ideal temperature to brew your coffee.
  1. The fresher the coffee beans are the more flavorsome and aromatic coffee you can make from them. Therefore it is better to use fresh ground coffee to make yourself a cup of coffee.

Different techniques to grind coffee beans

There are different ways that you can use to grind your coffee. Some of them are discussed here.

Using a coffee grinder

There are two main types of coffee grinders: blade grinders and burr grinders.

Blade grinders:

A blade grinder is essentially just a small blender. It has a set of little rotating blades which chop in circles; if there happens to be a coffee bean in the way then it gets sliced. While this method will certainly bust up your beans, it chops them up fairly randomly and often results in a very inconsistent grind. You can get very fine particles mixed with large lumps of beans.

Burr grinders:

A burr grinder will crush your beans through burrs. When bits of bean have been crushed down sufficiently small that they can’t be crushed anymore, they fall through the burrs. You end up with a pile of coffee grounds of a very similar size. A burr grinder provides the best grind for your coffee beans by far.

Mortar and pestle

Take small amounts of coffee beans at a time. When the beans crush, they can burst into little fragments. You should use one hand to cover the mortar so you’re both holding it in place and stopping small pieces of bean from escaping.

  • Drop a few spoonfuls of coffee beans into your mortar. Do not fill it very high. Just one layer of beans will be easiest to grind.
  • Crush the beans with the pestle with a strong twisting motion. Make sure to cover over the mortar with your other hand so bean pieces don’t explode away.
  • Once each bean has been crushed at least a little; press and roll the pestle around the inside of the mortar.
  • When the beans are ground to your liking, sit the grounds to the side, and repeat on the next little lot of beans for the batch.

Food processor

A food processor is a big blade grinder. While blade grinders are not as good as burr grinders; they still get the job done.

  • The trick with using a blade grinder, or a food processor, is to pulse the beans. If you were just to turn it on you would get either an overly fine grind or a very inconsistent grind. Pulsing the beans does give you a better grind and stops it from getting too fine.
  • Listen to beans as you pulse them. They will go from a particularly gritty sound to a bit more of a sandy sound. Tip the food processor from side to side making sure the blades are going through the beans. Keep checking on them to make sure there are no particularly large bits of beans still to be chopped up.
  • For even more control over your grind, It is recommended to process the beans in small batches. That way if some beans accidentally get ground up too fine, you can get other small batches that are more of the grind size you want.

You can read about preferable coffee grinds for different coffee-making techniques here.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “how coarse to grind coffee for the French press” with an in-depth analysis of the preferable coffee grind for the French press. Moreover, we discussed different ways to grind coffee.


Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.