How To Make French Press Coffee: A Complete Guide‎‎‎

french press coffee

A cylindrical pot with a plunger and built-in filter screen that presses hot water through ground coffee: that’s the simple beauty of the French press, method of choice for many all over the world, creating an earthy, rich taste in your daily cup of coffee. Perfect for those who want simplicity, French pressed coffee is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make coffee!

In the French press method, the coffee beans are soaked directly in hot water during brewing, hence your coffee will be more full-bodied, smoother, and generally more flavorful.

What you will need:




  1. Warm up your empty French Press by rinsing it with hot water. This will help maintain the temperature while brewing for best extraction.
  2. Measure out about 8 tbsp. of coffee beans
  3. Grind the beans to a breadcrumb consistency
  4. Add the coffee to your heated French Press
  5. Add hot water to your press about halfway. Let it bloom for 3.5 minutes
  6. Fill the rest of the press with water
  7. Slowly press the plunger down
  8. Enjoy!

Pro Tips From Ronita 

To help you get started on your French Press coffee journey, we’ve compiled a list of all the factors associated with this method, including water temperature, amount of coffee, and the best type of coffee for a French press.

Let’s dive in!

If you want good coffee, obviously the most important thing is to have good quality fresh roasted coffee beans. You don't want the coffee to have been exposed to the air for a long time or pass its expiry date. 

As to our favourite coffee to use for the French Press, Smuggler Colombian is our choice! It has a unique aroma and distinctive rich flavour that can only be found deep into the beautiful wilderness of Colombia’s western highlands.

Another super important factor is the grinding of the coffee beans. Ideally, you should buy coffee beans and grind it yourself a few minutes before preparing it, otherwise they can oxidize. Or, you can get your freshly roasted coffee beans from Ronita and have it perfectly ground for your French Press!

The grind should not be very fine , since it is possible that it clogs the filter of the French press, it is best if it is a coarse grind and of the same consistency, right about the size of breadcrumbs. For this, it is essential that you have a grinder that allows you to grind in different thicknesses.

ground coffee for french press


Another aspect to consider is how strong you want your coffee. The general rule of thumb is one pressed tablespoon of ground coffee to one cup of water (240 ml). If you prefer a stronger coffee, then you can use two tablespoons per cup. If it becomes too harsh, you can always add more water. And speaking of water, the temperature of the water is also important. If you use very hot water, you can end up with a bitter coffee, on the contrary, if you use water that is not hot enough, you may not get the full flavour. Ideally , you want your water temperature at 93-96 ° C . If you don't have a thermometer, bring the water to boil and let it sit for about 30 seconds.