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How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Using A French Press

How to create the perfect cup of coffee with a French press

At Shelfsquad we can’t have a meeting without our traditional coffee nor do we begin our days without a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Since we’re such experts at brewing our own coffee, we thought that it would only be expected from us to share some tips on how to brew perfect coffee using a French press.

Humanity runs on coffee


Before we get into the actual making of the coffee, let’s introduce you to some of the tools that we use to create the perfect cup of coffee.

What is a French press?

The first amazing gadget that we love using is a French press. The French press is also known as the cafetière, cafetière à piston, caffettiera a stantuffo, coffee plunger, press pot or a melior. It was invented in France in the mid 1800s.

The origin of the French press

There has been much debate on the topic of where the French press comes from or has its origin. Although the name “French press” would suggest that it was invented in France, there’s some more history to it.

The first design for this style of brewer was patented in 1852 by two Frenchmen. However, this style of coffee brewer didn’t create a seal inside the carafe. So, it was essentially not like the one you know today.

The Italians Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta first patented the French press that resembles what we use today in 1929.

So is the French press actually French or Italian? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee with a French press is actually quite simple and straightforward. If you can insert a pod into a contraption and press a button, then you’ll definitely be able to make a fantastic cup of coffee with a French press.

French press coffee tends to be richer, smoother, and overall more flavorful than most other methods. The reason for this is that the coffee grounds are immersed directly in the hot water during the brewing process.

French Press with Stirrer

The other coffee making gadget that we love using is this handy La Cafetiere Switchit Plunger Stirrer & Timer. This coffee making gadget is perfect for keeping an eye on the time during the brewing process as well as stirring the blend. This gadget is simple to use and dish-washer safe.

The coffee grinds

The coffee grinds are the most important tool in your coffee-making toolbox. According to the folks at, the backbone of a great coffee is the perfect coffee grounds.

Check out this awesome guide on different grind sizes. You’ll be able to learn things such as over- and under- extraction, grind sizes, different types of grinds and much more.

Let’s brew the perfect coffee with a French press

Add your coffee to the plunger
  1. Place the French press on a flat surface and pull out the plunger.
  2. Add your coffee. So the general rule of thumb is to add one heaped tablespoon of coffee per 200ml of water. But, it depends on how strong you want your coffee. The great thing about making coffee or anything else in the kitchen for that matter, is that you can customise the quantities and ingredients according to your own personal preferences. According to Andrew Hetzel, a coffee industry consultant, a good ratio is one tablespoon per 200ml of water.
  3. Add your water. Water that is too hot will give your coffee a bitter taste and water that isn’t hot enough means that you’ll miss out on the flavour. So the best way to ensure that the water isn’t too hot or too cold, is to bring the water to a boil and let it sit for 30 seconds
  4. Fill her up. Place your coffee grounds in the bottom of the French press and fill with hot water. Set your timer to 4 minutes. Or if you’ve got a cool Coffee Stirrer and Timer like this one just switch it on. Let the coffee sit for one minute and then give it a gentle stir. This makes sure the coffee grounds are fully saturated with the water so you can get a flavour packed brew. Put the lid on and let it sit for the remainder of the time.
  5. Plunge away. When the timer buzzes, gently press the plunger all the way down. Be careful, if you add too much pressure then the coffee might overflow. 
  6. Drink and enjoy immediately. If you leave it for too long then the brew will become bitter.

Wrapping Up

It’s as simple as that to brew the perfect cup of coffee using a French press. Remember, the great thing about brewing your own coffee is that you can tweak things to your own preference.

For example, you can stir the coffee for more than 30 seconds or try more than 2 tablespoons of coffee per 200ml of water. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own coffee with a French press.

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