A French press coffee is a simple but great way to taste the true flavour and experience the body of a coffee. It’s a very easy and inexpensive way to make great coffee!

What You Need

You will need a few things to make a French press.

  • Freshly roasted whole bean coffee (our WickedCup Single Origin Limited Edition organic coffees are a great place to start!).
  • A French press.
  • A kettle.
  • A coffee grinder (preferably a burr grinder).

Let’s Get Started

  • Start with great water – filtered, spring, artisan, etc. – it really does make a difference.
  • Bring the water to a boil in your kettle.
  • Pour a little of the boiling water into the empty French press and coffee cup. Plunge the French press once to preheat and wait one minute before discarding the rinse water.
  • To get the very best coffee flavour, grind your coffee in a burr grinder right before you brew. You will want to set your grinder to a medium-coarse grind to give your ground coffee the same consistency as breadcrumbs.
  • You will need about two tablespoons of ground coffee for an eight-ounce (225 ml) French press coffee.

Having the Right Temperature Water

Boiling water is too hot for a French press and will burn your freshly ground coffee. Wait one minute after the water has come to boil, then slowly pour the hot water over the ground coffee.

Brewing Coffee In Your French Press

  • Discard the preheat water in your French press.
  • Add your freshly ground coffee.
  • Slowly pour your hot water over the beans and fill your French press halfway. It’s a good sign if your coffee bubbles – that means it’s fresh!
  • After one minute, slowly stir the bloom (the top layer), pour the rest of the hot water and put the French press lid on.
  • Wait three minutes (that’s four minutes since you started).
  • Discard the preheat water in your coffee cup.
  • Push the French press plunger down slowly and steadily.
  • Pour into your warm coffee cup.


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