How do you use a coffee press?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “how do you use a coffee press?”. We will thoroughly explore the way and aspects of using a coffee press.

How do you use a coffee press?

To use a coffee press, you need to follow three precise steps. In the first one, prepare the coffee beans, steep in hot water, then steep and brew.

Let us explore some technical aspects of the Coffee Press:

The coffee press is also referred to as a French press or a plunger pot is quite simple to use. 

The Coffee press does not use a filter which means that the coffee obtained is pure, full of organic compounds and natural oils. 

Technically, there are three stages in the coffee-making process. The first is wetting. In wetting, the grains are mixed with water to allow the carbon dioxide to escape from them.

The next process is dissolution, in which the coffee particles dissolve into the hot water.

The final process is called diffusion. In the diffusion process, the concentrate of coffee and water is allowed to move around the container.  The coffee moves to all the liquid particles to ensure that the coffee is diffused evenly throughout the pot.

The coffee press or French press is preferred because it is steeped rather than filtered. The saturation of the coffee beans allows for a richer coffee experience than other coffee press.

Let us look at the precise method to use a coffee press:

  1. Preparing the coffee beans

The process starts with preparing the coffee beans. The quantity of coffee you use plays a role in the resulting beverage, regardless of the brewing method. 

The standard size to serve the pressed coffee is 946 ml or 32 ounces. To make a lesser amount, which serves only a person, add 2 tablespoons or 13 grams of beans. To serve the coffee press to 2 people instead, use 1/4 cup or 26 grams of beans. 

The next step is to grind the coffee beans. Transfer the measured coffee beans to a grinder. Set your grinder to a coarse setting so that you end up with coffee grains that resemble bread crumbs. 

Grind the beans just before you need to make the coffee. Grinding exposes the coffee to the environment, hence speeds up the oxidation reaction. Coffee beans have oils that undergo oxidation reactions and become rancid. 

In the end, there is no fixed rule for any quantity. The amount of coffee or serving size depends on your preference. Experiment and adjust the size of the coffee grains according to your palette. The coarser the coffee beans, the stronger your coffee will be. If you like your coffee to be milder next time, grind your coffee until it becomes fine enough to your liking.

  1. Prepare the water

The next step is to boil the water and then cool it. Heat 4 cups of water, if you are making the standard 946 ml of the coffee press. Use a thermometer to ensure that the temperature of the water is 195 Degrees Fahrenheit.

You could use a kettle to boil the water and then allow it cool. Put the water off the stove or power (in case you are using an electric kettle). Allow the water to cool for about half of a minute before you move on to preparing your press.

  1. Steep and Brew

Fill the press halfway with water, and let the coffee and the water mix for a minute.

Stir the grounds to let most of it dissolve. 

Now add the rest of the hot water and fill the press to the top. 

Stir vigorously to ensure that all the grounds the mixed thoroughly. 

The coffee press is now ready to start the brewing process.

Cover the lid and let the coffee steep for around 3 minutes. However, the exact steeping time can be modified to as you like.

After the steeping is complete, press the plunger gently down until it reaches the bottom.

the steeping time could vary for different roasts of coffee. The steep time is more than six minutes for coarse grounds. You can limit the steeping time to four minutes for finely ground-up coffee beans.

The coffee is now ready to be served.

After it has steeped, be sure to serve it immediately.

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Why should you move the coffee from the Press soon as possible?

 If you let it sit, the coffee grains will over-extract and make your coffee bitter.

Over extraction is undesirable as it dominants the bitter components of coffee. Over brewing needs to be prevented so that the flavors are evenly distributed.

The bitter compounds must not be given enough time, to seep into your cup of coffee.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, “how do you use a coffee press?”. We thoroughly explored the way and aspects of using a coffee press.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.