French Press

The French press, also known around the world as cafetière à piston, caffettiera a stantuffo, and coffee plunger, may have originated in France but was first patented by an Italian in 1929. It’s an easy process that you can use to make several cups at once. We love it for when we want a bold, rich, unfiltered cup.

You Will Need: French Press | Coffee Grinder | Kettle
The following items are what we like to use and are available through Amazon by clicking on the item.
Additional suggestions are provided at the bottom of the page.
French Press
Coffee Grinder
Electric KettleElectric Kettle

Measure 3-1/2 cups water. Heat to about 205˚ Fahrenheit
or boil and let cool a bit before brewing.


Pour 1/2 cup of the hot water into the carafe. Swish it around,
pour into your mug, and do the same. Discard the water. This preheats
your carafe and mug so they don’t take heat away from the coffee.


Grind 1/4 cup of beans to the size of coarse salt and pour into the carafe.


Pour the remaining 3 cups of water into the carafe.


Use a spoon to lightly press down the grounds so they’re fully saturated.


Put the top on the carafe and press down the handle just until the
strainer makes contact with the grounds and presses into them lightly.


Set your timer for 4 minutes and warm up a croissant while you wait.
You are making “French” press coffee, after all.


Slowly and steadily press down on the handle until it reaches the bottom.

Fat Rabbit Tip
Stir the grounds before pressing for a bolder, heavier cup.
~ or ~
Scoop the grounds out before pressing for less body and more clarity.


Pour into your mug while savoring the amazing full
bodied aromas of your freshly brewed coffee!


Voila! French Press coffee made to perfection!


Choices are a good thing! Here are more suggestions for items you might want in your coffee cabinet.


GRINDERS: A blade grinder is inexpensive, compact, and beats using a hammer but burr grinders produce more uniform and consistent grounds and allow you to set the size of your grind.

Small & Economical
Good Quality & Easy to Use
Pro Choice for Home

KETTLES: Sure, you can just heat up a pot of water but features like a gooseneck are invaluable for accurate pouring, electric kettles are more user-friendly than stove top, and temperature controls help you nail the proper temps for ideal brewing (the kettle shown at the top of the page incorporates all of these features).

Affordable Stovetop
Plug-In Convenience
Our Top Pick!