How to Make Coffee in a French Press

Depending on your skill level, a French press coffee maker can seem overly simple or terribly complex. Find out the whys and hows of making French press coffee.

How to Make Coffee in a French Press
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Overview
The French press has invaded homes worldwide. The French press, then called a Cafeolette, began its popularity in the early 1900s. It is preferable to use large coffee beans when using a French press. The smaller grinds can clog the press and often creates sludge with the coffee. The finer the coffee grinds, the harder it is to press the plunger. Just remember to use quality beans that have been roasted within seven to 10 days, use quality bottled water if possible, and make sure that your French press is clean before every use, and you will get a good pot of coffee virtually every time.
Step 1
Remove the plunger from the French press. Turn on the French press to get it warm.
Step 2
Add 2 tbs. of whole-grain coffee per 4 ounces of coffee to be made to the press.
Step 3
Add hot water to the French press, leaving at least one inch of space at the top.
Step 4
Stir the water and coffee beans gently.
Step 5
Place the plunger back into the French press, and close the lid. Allow the coffee to brew for four minutes.
Step 6
Place your hand on the plunger, and press down slowly.
Step 7
Open the pour spout, and pour your coffee.
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Your favorite gourmet coffee beans
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Your favorite gourmet coffee beans
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Make coffee in a French press
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