How to use a French press to brew coffee

How to use a French press


French press or cafetiere coffee is a coffee maker that uses an infusion method  with a plunger to extract the brew. This creates a distinctive coffee that’s a favourite in France. Here are instructions on how to use a French press to get freshly brewed  cafetiere coffee. 

Making cafetiere coffee is easy with little skill involved. Just ensure you time how long you let the mixture stand.


· 5 tablespoons - Coarsely ground coffee

· 1 litre hot water

· Milk (optional) to your taste

· Sugar (optional) to your taste

Steps to use a French press for freshly brewed coffee

How to use a French press

1. For a 1l French press, add 5 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee with nearly 1 litre of hot water into the French press.

2. Stir the mixture and leave it to stand for about 4 minutes

3. If there’s a sludge on top of the mixture at the end of this time, use a spoon to scoop it out.

4. Push down the plunger slowly and serve the coffee in a cup with or without milk & sugar.

Equipment you need

· French press coffee maker

· Equipment for hot water

· Spoon

· Coffee cup


· Amount of coffee needs to be adjusted to your size of cafetiere or French press

· The best way to begin is to buy coffee that’s been ground for a French press for you. Take it home, feel the grind and then look at replicating this with your own grinder.

· Waiting for too long to push the plunger will give you a bitter tasting brew

· If you push the plunger immediately it will give you a weak coffee

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