French Press Brew Guide - Vanguard Specialty Coffee Company

French Press Brew Guide

French Press


The humble French press, of which most of us own, is one of the easiest brew methods for the home or office, particularly for guests or meetings as the recipe can easily be scaled from one cup up to eight depending on the size of your French Press.

Coffees brewed on the French press tend to be fuller in body and ideal for those who enjoy their coffee with milk as it can lack some of the finesse and clarity of flavour produced by filtered methods.


You will need:

  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Scales
  • Kettle & water
  • Spoon
  • French Press
  1. Boil your kettle, using hot water preheat your French press
  2. Weigh out your desired quantity of beans and grind on a coarse setting
  3. Discard the preheat water and add your ground coffee to the French press
  4. Place the French press on the scales and zero it off.
  5. Pour aprox 1/3 of your brew water into the French Press and give the grinds a quick stir, to ensure all the coffee has been wetted and ensure an even extraction and start the timer
  6. Add the remaining brew water
  7. At 4:00, using a spoon either push down the crust of coffee grinds from the surface or scrape them off (removing them yields a cleaner cup), but do not stir.
  8. Add the French press filter and gently press down – there should be almost no resistance when pressing down.
  9. Sit back and enjoy

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