Tutorial: Making coffee with a French press

Coffee from a French Press, also called cafetière, is compact and heavy, but still has its own kind of elegance. As with any method, the devil is in the details: to fully express the French press coffee, pour the coffee immediately after brewing so that the coffee does not become bitter or chalky. Then pour the coffee and enjoy this delicious cup of coffee that is rich in flavor. Brewing with a cafetière only takes four minutes.

Step 1: Bring water to a boil

Bring enough water to the boil to fill the French press cafetière. For the 1 liter French press from Vienna Coffee , this is 700 ml of water.

While the water is heating up you have time to grind the coffee beans. You can do this with a coffee grinder . For a French press, it is best to use a coarse, even grind. We recommend starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. If you used 700ml of water, this is 58grams of coffee grinds.

Fresh coffee beans

Step 2: Wet

To start, pour double the amount of water on your coffee grinds. For example, if you have 58 grams of coffee grinds in the French press, pour 116 ml of water on it.

Step 3: Blooming

Stir the grind carefully with a coffee spoon or stirring stick. Let the coffee 'bloom' for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Let the coffee soak in

Pour in the remaining water and carefully place the lid on the French press. Don't press yet. Let the coffee steep for five minutes. Preferably set a timer for this, so that the coffee does not become too bitter and you can continue to experiment with time to find your ideal taste.

Step 5: Press the press down

Press the plunger of the French press slowly and evenly to filter the coffee. Be careful not to press too hard or the filter may tear and the coffee will have bitter flavors. If it's hard to squeeze, it means your grind is too fine; if the plunger immediately "pops" on the ground, it means your grind is too coarse. The sweet spot, pressure-wise, is 15-20 pounds. Not sure what this feels like? Try it out on your scale.

Pour the coffee into a heat-resistant glass or mug and enjoy! Choose the number of grams of coffee beans in relation to the water for your desired amount of coffee
Enjoy your coffee!