Learn to use a French Press and Easily Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Learn to use a French press #frenchpress #coffee #coffeemaker

In a world that orders their coffees with words like:

“Triple, Venti, Soy, No Foam Latte” or

“Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato” and

“Grande, Quad, Nonfat, One-Pump, No-Whip, Mocha”…

isn’t it great just to have a simple, delicious cup of coffee?

With a French press, you can make a great cup of coffee at home without the need for a traditional coffee maker or even a single serve machine.

Have you seen this contraption but never knew how to use it yourself?

I was the same way. “Oo la la, French press. Sounds fancy. No thanks.”

But now that I’ve learned how to use it, we exclusively use a French press in our house.

Read through these easy instructions and you just might do the same.

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Learn to use a French Press and Easily Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

What do you need?

  • a French press
  • a microwave safe measuring cup
  • a stir stick or spoon
  • your favorite coffee


We’ll be making 1 cup of coffee so if you want to make more, adjust these instructions accordingly.

To make the best tasting cup of coffee, buy whole beans and grind them immediately before brewing. Really, any type of coffee will do but this is the recommendation made by coffee connoisseurs.

Coarsely grind your coffee beans. Too fine of grounds will come through the filter and won’t give as full of a flavor with the French press.

Step 1:

Fill your measuring cup to the ‘1 cup’ mark. Microwave it until it just starts to boil. On my 1200 watt microwave, this takes 2 minutes. Too hot of water can lead to a bitter brew so you don’t want your water to come to a full, extended boil.

Heating water - using a French press


Step 2:

Pour a heaping tablespoon or two of grounds (depending on your flavor preference) into your French press.

Adding coffee grounds - using a French press


Step 3:

Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds. Give a gentle stir.

Pouring water - using a French press


Step 4:

After 30-45 seconds, gently stir the water again. This helps properly release aromas and flavor from the coffee grounds.

Stirred coffee - using a French press


Step 5:

Set your plunger onto the carafe with the filter up. Wait 5-8 minutes. Here’s a little something to help you pass the time….

Waiting for coffee - using a French press


Step 6:

When the time is up, press the plunger gently down to the bottom of the carafe. You want to press slowly as to not stir up the coffee grounds or slosh coffee everywhere.

Press down plunger - using a French press


Step 7:

Pour into your favorite coffee cup and enjoy.

Pouring coffee - using a French press


“Brewing with a coffee press retains the precious natural oils that paper filters absorb, and extracts the coffee’s full flavor while giving it a consistency that’s thick and rich.”

I read that somewhere. I don’t remember where or I’d give them proper credit but it’s the truth. You can see the natural oils in all their glory in my cup of coffee. Sort of. It’s kind of hard to see in a picture but you get the idea.

Coffee oils - using a French press


See, learning to use a French press isn’t so scary. Basically heat up water, pour it, wait and drink. Easy peasy.

It’s also portable so you can make coffee anywhere you can heat up water.

Hate your office’s community coffee? Make your own at your desk.

Want to make one or two cups at a time but don’t want to invest in k-cups or fill landfills with them? A French press is a perfect alternative.

Now go forth, you happy, caffeinated readers, and share this knowledge with all the land!

Related Lazy Sundays post: Your love of coffee is a good thing. Find out why in my post on the benefits of coffee.

Follow my Coffee!! board on Pinterest for coffee recipes, quotes, mugs and all things coffee.

For more information on why you should give the French press a try, read 6 Reasons Why French Press Makes the Best Coffee from Lifehack.org.

Learn to use a French press and make your perfect cup of coffee. It's not hard. It's not fancy. Give it a try and you may give up your coffee maker forever. #frenchpress #coffee #coffeemaker
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