How To Make French Press Coffee

This brew guide is for those who have never made French Press Coffee or those who want to tweak their process. The French Press is an inexpensive coffee maker and is ideal for full bodied coffee. 

Great French Press Starts With:

  • Fresh Coffee: Use Lucky Day Whole Bean Coffee — any roast will do, but sticking with the French theme, we used Lucky Day Coffee’s French Roast Whole Bean Coffee - Dark Roast.
  • Grind:When you adjust your grind setting, you will find there are endless versions of coffee. Generally, for French Press Coffee, a coarse grind is best. We are using the (Breville BCG820BSS Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel) and on grind setting number 52.
  • Clean Water:Tap water is fine, but we have found filtered water makes better coffee. 
  • Coffee to Water Ratio:We use 1 Cup water to 2 Tbsp of coarse ground coffee. 1 Tbsp = 14 grams if you are using Metric Conversions.

Expected Completion Time:

7 – 10 mins.

What You Need to Start:

  • French Press (We use the Secura French Press Coffee Maker, 304 Grade Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Press
  • Freshly Roasted Lucky Day Coffee Beans
  • Measuring Spoon - Tablespoon
  • Water Kettle 
  • Kitchen Timer

Steps 1 & 2

1. For best results, freshly grind your coffee from whole coffee beans.

2. Add your freshly ground, coarse coffee grounds to the French Press. The ideal recommendation is 2 Tbsp of ground coffee per 8 oz. water. (Some say per 6 oz)

Steps 3 & 4

3. Heat 6 Cups of water, ideally to 200°. After heating, pour 2 Cups into your carafe to “preheat”.

4. After 30 seconds or so, pour out the 2 cups.

Steps 5,6 & 7

5. Pour 8 Tbsp of your freshly ground coffee into your carafe.

6. Fill your carafe with the appropriate amount of water based on how much coffee you want to make; for this example we will use the remaining 4 Cups of hot water.

7. Set your timer to two minutes. DO NOT PUT PLUNGER INTO CARAFE YET!

Steps 8, 9 & 10

8. After the 2 minute timer beeps and using a spoon, gently submerge the grounds that have risen to the water surface and formed a floating crust.

9. Put plunger into French Press and reset your timer to two more minutes.

10. After two minutes, press down slowly on the plunger, until you barely feel resistance, not all the way down. Your coffee can be bitter if you hard press the plunger, thereby squeezing the grounds and releasing the “fines” and potentially a bitter taste.

Lucky Step 11

11. Pour slowly and enjoy your Lucky Day Coffee!