French Press Coffee: Ratios, How To Brew, & Espresso Hacks



French Press Coffee [The Ultimate Guide]


If you're a coffee lover, chances are you've had a French Press at home or have tried it at a café. The simplicity of the device combined with the rich, full-bodied taste it produces makes it a favorite among coffee enthusiasts. This guide will help you explore the full potential of your French Press, while also sprinkling in a little coffee humor to keep things light and fun.

A French Press, also known as a press pot or plunger pot, is a manual coffee maker that uses a cylindrical glass or stainless-steel container, a mesh or metal filter, and a plunger to make coffee. In this guide, you'll learn everything there is to know about this versatile coffee maker, from the perfect ratio to brewing tips and beyond.

French Press Ratio

Coffee addicts, brace yourselves for a pressing question: What's the ideal coffee-to-water ratio for a French Press? Generally, it's recommended to use a 1:15 ratio. That means one part coffee to 15 parts water. So for every 1 gram of coffee, add 15 grams of water. This converts to about 3 tablespoon of coffee for every 1 cup of water.

However, personal preferences may vary, so feel free to experiment until you find your perfect brew.

For example, if you like a stronger cup of coffee, try a 1:12 to 1:14 ratio. If you prefer something lighter, a 1:16 or 1:17 ratio might be more to your taste. Don't worry about getting lost in the numbers; just remember, coffee is all about what makes you happy and caffeinated!

How many scoops of coffee are there for a French press?

Tablespoon of Coffee

Now that you know the ideal ratio, how many scoops of coffee should you use for your French Press? A standard coffee scoop holds approximately 7 grams of coffee. So, for every 8 ounces of water, you'll need one rounded scoop of coffee.

However, it's always a good idea to invest in a scale to measure your coffee accurately. This way, you'll be able to fine-tune your brewing process and achieve consistent results. After all, consistency is key for a brew-tiful cup of coffee!

How much coffee do I put in a 32 oz French press?

Frenchpress in action

A 32-ounce French Press is perfect for making coffee for a group or if you're simply in need of multiple cups to fuel your day. For a 32-ounce French Press, you'll need approximately 56 grams of coffee, which translates to 8 rounded scoops.

Remember, the ratio is still 1:15, so you'll be using 8 parts coffee to 120 parts water (that's 32 ounces or 960 milliliters). Whether you're entertaining guests or just need a little extra caffeine to tackle your to-do list, this should do the trick!

What coffee grind is best for French press?

coffee beans in grinder

The ideal coffee grind size for a French Press is coarse. A coarse grind resembles sea salt and ensures that your coffee doesn't pass through the mesh filter and end up in your cup. After all, no one wants a mouthful of coffee grounds, right?

If the grind is too fine, you'll end up with sludge at the bottom of your cup, and your coffee will taste over-extracted and bitter. On the other hand, if the grind is too coarse, your coffee will be weak and under-extracted. So, finding the right balance is crucial.

How long does it take to let a French press sit?

The optimal steeping time for a French press is 4 minutes. This allows the coffee to extract the perfect balance of flavors, resulting in a rich and full-bodied cup.

A stainless steel french press has excellent heat retention and can certainly keep your coffee hot! However, if you let the French press sit for too long, the coffee can become over-extracted and bitter. If you don't let it sit long enough, it may taste weak and under-extracted.

How much coffee per cup is a French press?

As mentioned earlier, for an 8-ounce cup of coffee, you'll need one rounded scoop (7 grams) of coarsely ground coffee. This equates to a 1:15 coffee-to-water ratio. So, if you're using a french press coffee maker to brew for a group or just yourself, you'll know how much coffee to use per cup.

How do I brew the best French press coffee?

When it comes to French Press brewing, there's a lot of opinions out there. Here's my simple step by step guide for how to brew the best French press coffee:

  1. Boil water and let it cool slightly (to around 195-205°F or 90-96°C).
  2. Weigh or measure your coffee according to the desired ratio.
  3. Grind your coffee beans to a coarse consistency, like sea salt.
  4. Pour the coffee grounds into your French Press.
  5. Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds, making sure they're evenly saturated.
  6. Give the coffee a gentle stir with a spoon or a chopstick to ensure all the grounds are wet.
  7. Place the lid on the French Press with the plunger up, and let it steep for 4 minutes.
  8. After 4 minutes, press the plunger down slowly and evenly.
  9. Pour the coffee into your cup and enjoy!


Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment with different coffee-to-water ratios and brewing times until you find your ideal cup.

Can I use a French press twice with the same grounds?

 While you technically can use a French press twice with the same grounds, I definitely don’t recommend it. The first brew extracts most of the flavors from the coffee grounds, and a second brew will result in a weak, underwhelming cup of coffee. So, for the best taste, always use fresh coffee grounds for each brew.

How to make Espresso with a French Press (step by step guide)


A common question people are asking is, "can you make espresso in a french press?."

While a French press can't create the exact pressure required for true espresso, you can still make a strong, concentrated coffee that resembles espresso. The process is simple and will satisfy your craving when you don't have access to an espresso machine.

Here's a list of steps for how to make espresso in a french press:

  1. Use a fine or extra fine grind instead of the coarse grind typically used for French press.
  2. Use a 1:4 coffee-to-water ratio for a stronger, more concentrated brew.
  3. Add the coffee grounds to the French press.
  4. Pour hot water (195-205°F or 90-96°C) over the coffee grounds and stir to ensure even saturation.
  5. Let the mixture steep for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Press the plunger down slowly and evenly.
  7. Pour your "faux-espresso" into a small cup and enjoy!


French Press: Pros and Cons

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a French Press to make your coffee vs a drip coffee machine, an espresso machine, or a pour-over coffee tool like Chemex?

Below you'll find a few quick pros and cons that make the French Press a top pick for all coffee lovers.

French Press Pros:

  • Rich, full-bodied taste
  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Versatility in brewing different coffee styles
  • No need for paper filters or electricity
  • All components are dishwasher safe when taken apart

French Press Cons:

  • Requires more attention during the brewing process
  • Can be messy to clean up
  • Not suitable for making true espresso
  • May leave sediment in the cup
  • More complicated than just making brewed coffee from a machine




In this ultimate guide, you've learned everything there is to know about the French Press, from the ideal coffee-to-water ratio to brewing tips and even making a faux-espresso. The French Press is a versatile and affordable coffee maker that can produce a rich and full-bodied cup of coffee.

Remember that the key to a perfect cup of French Press coffee is finding the right balance between grind size, coffee-to-water ratio, and brewing time. Don't be afraid to experiment and adjust these factors to your personal taste preferences.

As a coffee lover, you now have the knowledge to impress your friends and family with your French Press skills. So, go ahead and brew up a storm with your newfound expertise! And as you pour that perfect cup, don't forget to share a coffee joke or two – laughter, after all, is the best way to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Now that you're armed with all the information you need, it's time to take action. Put your French Press to good use and start experimenting with different coffee-to-water ratios, grind sizes, and brewing times. You might just discover your perfect cup of coffee. Happy brewing!

 Thank you all very much for reading.  I hope that you found this blog to be helpful! Be on the lookout for more blogs in the near future!