French Press Brewing Guide

One of the oldest and most common brewing methods, the French Press, also known as the Press Pot, is the easiest way to achieve an excellent cup of coffee in your home. Using a four-minute, full-emersion process, the French Press will consistently produce a rich, hearty, full-bodied cup each and every time. 

 

What you need:

  • French Press

  • Gooseneck kettle

  • Kitchen scale

  • Timer

  • Stirring utensil

  • Grinder

  • Tinker Coffee Co whole bean coffee

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Step 1:

Measure out 50g of whole bean coffee and grind to a coarse grind. Your grind should be comparable to the size of grains of sea salt.

-Note: The grind is the most important part of the French Press process. Too fine of a grind will result in a chalky texture and will place extra pressure when you press your coffee, which could cause your press to crack. 

french press scale
french press grind

Step 2:

Place coffee into your French Press and shake until it is level. Place press on scale and tare to zero.

 

Step 3:

Start your timer for 4 min and pour 150g of water at 205˚F into the press allowing the coffee to bloom. After 45 sec, gently stir the bloom as to make sure all the grounds have been saturated.

-Note: To be safe, be sure to use a wooden stirring utensil as pictured to prevent any unwanted scratches or possible cracks to your press.

french press bloom
french press first stir

Step 4:

At 1:00, fill the press to 800g of water, stir the coffee again to ensure proper extraction. After stirring for a few seconds, place the lid/press on top of the pot so the mouth is facing the opposite direction of the spout, if possible. Gently depress the plunger until it is slightly above the coffee grounds.

french press brewing
french press stir
french press cap

Step 5:

After letting the coffee sit for 4:00-5:00 minutes, depress the plunger and press the coffee.

-Note: If your press is difficult to plunge, then your grind is too fine. If your plunger sinks with ease, then your grind is too coarse. You should want 15 lbs of pressure when plunging your press.

french press plunge

 

Step 6:

Pour and enjoy your coffee!

-Note: To ensure the coffee isn’t over-brewed or over-extracted, transfer all of the brewed coffee immediately from the press to a carafe or cups. 

french press pour