How To Make French Press Coffee at Home

  • A video tutorial on how to make French press coffee at home!

    Jason and I are coffee fiends. We live, breathe, and drink coffee. Well, we’re not that bad where we need 5 cups a day, but we definitely do need our morning cup! I love waking up in the morning knowing that I get to have coffee shortly. It’s weird, but it’s a routine that I love. I can’t get over how amazing the smell of coffee is. I used to want to work at Barnes & Noble just because I loved the smell of books and coffee together.

    On weekends, we typically go to Starbucks since it’s right down the street, or as of late, we’ve been making French press at home. It seems intimidating if you’ve never done it before, and sure, it seems snobby, but I don’t think it is. I think it’s just being a coffee lover and this is the way to get the best tasting coffee, ever! Really, French pressing coffee gives the coffee more of a robust and concentrated flavor and it’s so smooth. When you French press, you get the purest form of coffee that way. I typically find black coffee super bitter and I can never drink it black. I pretty much pour in way too much half and half and too much sugar, but with French press, I can drink it straight black because of how smooth it is and it isn’t bitter because you’re not letting it sit in a pot to basically burn.

    The grounds are obviously the most important part to getting a great cup of coffee. To French press, you want to get good quality beans and grounds – you don’t want something generic. Go to Whole Foods or your local coffee shop (not Starbucks) and get a pound or so of good coffee beans and get them to grind it for you. Tell them you’re using them for French press and they should know how coarse to grind them. Then, follow the video tutorial above to get a delicious cup of coffee! :)

    If you’re curious, this is the French press coffee maker we have.

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  • Madison says:

    Such an informative post. Growing up my parents used to make french press coffee and it was such a treat. I cannot wait to try making it myself now! :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    SO easy!

  • Tieghan says:

    Whoa, that was easy! Great video!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I’ve been wanting a french press coffee maker for awhile now, just to get the bulky Mr. Coffee setup off my counter if nothing else! But honestly, I had no idea how to use one before watching this. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit! Thanks for fixing that :)

  • Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie says:

    Im a coffee lover too! I don’t drink 5 cups , but look forward to my one cup in the morning. Recently, in an attempt to quit my coffee addiction, I packed away my coffee maker. The next morning, I pulled out my french press! :) So much for kicking the habit. Seeing this video, I’m glad I was doing it right, for the most part. I wasn’t checking water temp but ensured it was very hot. And I was waiting a few mins, but don’t think it was 4.. I just wasn’t patient enough.

  • Jackie {The Beeroness} says:

    I love french press coffee, it’s my favorite. I go to a brunch place near by JUST because they leave the entire press pot right on my table.

  • Erin |The Law Student's Wife says:

    I adore French press coffee, but for some reason always thought it would be too much trouble. You’ve inspired me to give it another go…if I can sell Ben on cramming THREE coffee makers into our tiny kitchen, lol. He’s not a coffee drinker–how is this possible??

  • Michelle W says:

    Thanks for the great video. We love making French press coffee and even have a press in our camping gear. We are also fortunate to have a local roasterie in our little town.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    Don’t you just love french press? It extracts all that fabulous coffee flavor! Great video!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    It’s funny, I was at our work space today and I saw some friends had a french press coffee maker and it got me curious.. and then when I got home I saw your post! Perfect timing! :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    I’m a HUGE coffee fiend myself, so I am LOVING this. I need to get me a French press… not hard to convince me, though. ;)

  • Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book says:

    We have been using a french press for coffee for almost two years now (bye bye Mr. Coffee). My husband is kind of a coffee snob. I don’t really taste the difference because I always add enough cream to pretty much make it all taste the same. I am interested in the hype around the pour over method… especially since on the weekends I get my coffee after it has been sitting in the french press for an hour or so (gets a little bitter sitting in the grounds, but again, enough cream and you don’t notice).

  • Gail Dorna says:

    Guess what I had for breakfast! Homemade Cherry-Almond Bread with, you guessed it, French Press Coffee…with Chicory! Thanks for the great tutorial. It was amazing!

    • Julie says:

      Yay!! That sounds like a wonderful breakfast! So glad you made French press coffee!!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love french press coffee :) I love making it on lazy mornings

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says:

    French press is the best. I just bought that same one in your video to make them at work. I’ve never thought FP was snobby, so that kind of made me laugh. I guess I wouldn’t think so because my husband is the biggest coffee nerd I’ve ever met.

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