How to Brew Coffee with a French Press

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When I recently had a mommy coffee playdate at my house, I made the coffee in a french press for the best flavor to go great with the tasty chocolate cakes I made. It might seem intimdating if you're used to drip coffee, but preparing a french press is really easy and great way to get a full-bodied delicious cup of coffee.

Here's how you do it:


  • Whole coffee beans
  • Measuring spoon
  • Bean grinder
  • French press


Step 1: Start with great coffee
It seems like a no-brainer but the truth is that poor quality coffee beans make poor quality coffee. For great coffee, use high quality beans. I used Gevalia Traditional Roast that I picked up at my local Safeway.

Step 2: Measure
Measure out 2 Tablespoons of beans for every 6 ounces of water that your french press holds and add them to your grinder.

Step 3: Grind
Set your burr grinder to its coarsest setting and grind. If you have a blade grinder like we do, grind for about 4 seconds to have a coarse, chunky grind. Remove lid and plunger and add ground coffee to the bottom of the french press carafe.

Step 4: Brew
Heat water on the stove until just shy of boiling. Pour over the grounds in the french press and set a timer for five minutes. When the timer goes off, put the lid on the press and press the plunger down to stop the brewing process.

Step 5: Serve
Pour your coffee and add your favorite condiments. I love organic sugar and whole milk in mine. 

Of course coffee is always more enjoyable with friends.

Coffee is great any time but especially great with friends. I was lucky to have two of my favorite mommy friends come over with their kids for a mommy playdate. The kids played in the living room and we sipped coffee and at delicious organic chocolate cake with homemade frosting (yum!) - the ingredients were, of course, from Safeway - and so were the cute little ramekins they're in.

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  1. Thanks for this! I never knew how to work a french press (shhh). Lovely everything on this post. Pinned!

  2. I just bought one this last weekend, I read somewhere too use it for an overnight cold brew to me make yummy iced coffee. Can wait to try it!

  3. I LOVE french press coffee. This looks aesome!

  4. Mmm those cakes look so good. And I love my french press!

  5. Gevalia coffee is so fantastic ... of course, we normally drink Gevalia, but this is the first time for me using a French press and it was amazing! It definitely brought out the richer taste! Oh, and thanks for letting me be the hand model in this one, LOL! ;)

  6. Hi there! I LOVE French press coffee. Great job on the tutorial. Have you found any lead/cadmium/mercury free coffee grinders? :o)

    1. I haven't tested any with Tamara and I didn't see the results for any on her website. I suspect that because many home coffee grinders are too small to fit the XRF inside, they would be hard to test without dismantling.

      This is the coffee grinder I have. While it is possible some component inside could have lead, all parts that touch the coffee appear to be steel or plastic:


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