The Coffee Series: French Press

We (G, more so than I) drink a lot of coffee in our house. It’s not the healthiest choice for an early morning jolt of energy, but it definitely gets the job done. Recently, we purchased a French Press after months of “forgetting” it at Walmart. More like, making sure it’ll add benefit to our life, before adding more gadgets to the house.

Then I burned the rubber inside our stovetop espresso maker.

G reintroduced me to coffee early on in our relationship. I’d had coffee before, obviously, but it was not a daily thing for me. Coffee was more of a “treat” when I had a taste for a Caramel Macchiato. Thanks to Wale + Miguel for putting me on. 🙂 But then I’d spend $5 at Starbucks for one cup that barely made it back to my apartment. When I was a kid, though, my great-grandmother would occasionally give me and my sister coffee. Not much, but I definitely remember her white electric coffee brewer in the kitchen. It looked something like this:

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This was before the reusable filters, automatic program features, and the ability to sync with your smartphone.

Before we purchased the French Press we had a Bialetti Espresso maker and a Keurig. We’re all familiar with the Keurig, right? It’s now the BMW of coffee makers. The Bialetti is an Italian espresso device used to brew coffee on the stovetop. We got rid of them both. In the meantime, we were making our coffee in a “pour over” manner which I’ll discuss in a future post.

The French Press, or Coffee Press, was patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. It quickly became popular in Europe by companies such as Household Articles Ltd. and Bodum. The modernized press, as pictured below, features a shatterproof cylinder beaker, a mesh filter attached to the plunger, and a plastic or metal lid with slits for easy pouring.

So how do you make a perfect cup of French Press coffee?

Here’s What You Need:
French Press Coffee Maker

2 Cups Boiling Water

1-6 Tbsp Coffee of Choice, depending on how strong you like your coffee

Plastic or Wooden Spoon


Step 1: Pour coffee grounds into the beaker. Shake gently to evenly coat the bottom of the beaker.

Step 2: Bring to a boil 1 -2 cups of water. Once the water is boiled, pour enough water into the beaker to cover the coffee grounds. Let the water sit for about 30 seconds and then stir with a plastic or wooden spoon.

Step 3: After you have stirred the coffee grounds. Pour in the remaining water, place lid onto the beaker and allow coffee to steep for 4 minutes.

Step 5: Once the coffee has steeped for 4 minutes press the plunger down and serve immediately in your favorite mug. It is suggested that you place any leftover coffee into a separate container to prevent the coffee from becoming bitter.

There you have it, five easy to follow steps to make the perfect cup of French Press coffee. I hope you all have enjoyed this visual tutorial, I definitely enjoyed shooting it.

Leave a comment below if you’ve ever had French Press coffee or if you tried it because of this post.


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