A visual guide to the French Press

aka the plunger, the Bodum, the caffetiere, the coffee press, etc.

French Press / Plunger

Step 1:

Pour water 30 seconds off the boil into the French Press to preheat it.

After 20 seconds pour the water out.

French Press coffee

Step 2:

Pour 30g (3 cup) or 54g (8 cup) of ground coffee into the beaker of the French Press.

Brewing a French Press

Step 3:

Pour water 30 seconds off the boil over the coffee, filling it about half way.

French Press Brewing

Step 4:

Start your timer and gently stir the coffee into the water, ensuring there are no dry spots.

French press / plunger coffee

Step 5:

Add the rest of the water.

plunging french press

Step 6:

Carefully push the plunger into the beaker, lock it into place and push it down, allowing for about 1cm of water between the plunger and the water.

Allow four minutes brewing time.

French Press brewing

Step 7:

Firmly push the plunger all the way down after four minutes.

Pouring a French Press

Step 8:

Serve immediately…if left too long, the coffee can become bitter.