French Press

Easy to Prepare, Delightful to Taste.

A cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee: that’s the simple beauty of the French press, method of choice for many the world over, creating an earthy, rich taste in the cup.

The secret is all in the grind: choose medium, with uniformity and consistency throughout.  Very coarse grinds may clog the filter, while very fine grinds will pass through the filter, muddying the results.

Press like the best:

  • Place the pot on a dry, flat surface. Hold the handle firmly, then pull out the plunger
  • Add a heaping tablespoon (7-8 grams) of coffee to the pot per 200 ml (6.7 oz) of water
  • Pour hot water—not quite boiling—into the pot, and gently stir
  • Carefully reinsert the plunger into the pot, stopping just above the water and ground coffee (do not plunge yet), and let stand for 3-4 minutes 
  • Press the plunger down slowly, exerting steady pressure.
  • After each use, wash the pot with water and mild detergent, and dry thoroughly

Call it what you will

The plunger pot, invented in France in the mid-1800s, takes different names throughout the world: French Press, melior, coffee machine piston, plunger coffee, press pot.  What’s your favorite?