Here is How to use a French Press listed in 10 Easy Steps

1.) Use high quality filtered water – refrigerator filters or pitchers with filters work great!

2.) Heat water to between 195-205 F.  Water boils at 212 F, use a thermometer – don’t use boiling water!


3.) Use a coffee to water ratio based on taste preference – 15:1 = very strong   30:1 = very weak

     – 1 level tablespoon coffee weighs ~ 0.15 ounces (light roast is heavier than dark)
     – 1 ounce = 28.35 grams if your metric! LOL


4.) Freshly grind coffee between Med and Coarse – adjust for taste


5.) Remove “plunger” part of press – the stem/screen.


6.) Add coffee grounds


7.) Stir 30 seconds while adding proper temp water – long handle or wooden spoon best


8.) Insert plunger screen side down, plunger up, let sit 3 – 5 min. 


9.) Carefully push plunger down – avoid pressing hard at bottom
10.) Pour coffee into cups or thermal carafe.

Coffee to water ratio for French Press is 1 level tablespoon of medium to coarse ground coffee to 1 cup of water
Note – Grind only the amount of coffee you plan to consume immediately. Coffee will lose oi freshness 20-30 min after grind.

Press coffee should be ground between medium and coarse.

The finer you grind, the more flavor you will extract. Finer grounds require more force when pressing the plunger and result in more “silt” or “mud” at the bottom of the pot and your cup.

Too fine will result in over-extraction, which will be unpleasant. Finer grind requires less brewing time.

Have LOTS of fun experimenting with grind and time to find your desired taste.

Pushing too hard with plunger down will result in grounds and silt “seeping” through the screen. If you don’t

Do NOT throw coffee grounds away – there are ALL kinds of uses around the home for them. See our article about this in our blogs!

Here are some pro tips

Pro-tip #1 – Want to press coffee at the office? Commercial coffee makers typically have a “hot water” spigot for making tea. That water is pretty darn hot! Bring a travel press or keep one at work with a grinder or bring grounds ready to go (I know I said ground coffee loses freshness quickly, it will still be better than grocery store coffee!)

Make great tasting coffee at work, be the envy of the break room. People will smell your coffee and think, “What is THAT?” and “Where do I get some?” Make a “side-hustle” – $$$ – at work selling cups of your secret delish coffee, or just let the “cat out of the bag” and tell them to go to www.Roast2Order.Com.

Better yet, tell everyone to go to www.Roast2Order.Com!!!

Pro-tip #2 – add a hot filtered water tap at your sink – DIY or hire a handyman – with a small electric hot water tank. Set proper temperature – hot water ready to press coffee anytime you want!

Customer testimony of coffee and french press

Thank you, Charlene S., for sharing your photo and review!


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