French Press Tips And Tricks To Make A Better Coffee

By Evelina •  Updated: 07/05/21 •  6 min read

Making coffee with the French Press may seem daunting at first, but once you know what to do it becomes a lot easier. The French Press is a stylish, functional way to make a delicious cup of coffee!

It dates way back in 1852, but was patented by a Swiss man named Attilio Calimani. He wanted to be able to enjoy coffee the way it was made in Italy, and the French Press was his solution.

In this article we will show you some tips and tricks for making a great cup of coffee with the French Press and more!

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1. Pick the Right Coffee Beans

The first tip would be to ensure that you are using the right kind of beans. The most popular choices are Arabica and Robusta.

Arabica is a more expensive choice, but it has a smooth flavor. Robusta coffee beans have a more bitter taste, due to their higher caffeine content.

Getting the right coffee beans has a lot of impact on the flavor and taste of your coffee. Be sure to try different types and brands to find the one that you like.

Bonus Tip: Even if you do not notice a difference, it is always important to try different coffee beans from time to time so that you can make a better comparison and find your favorite.

2. Grind the Beans Properly

Grinding your own beans is the best way to ensure that you get the best taste out of your cup of joe.

For best results use a coarse grind. This will ensure that the hot water can pass through the beans quickly, extracting the flavor and aroma. The wrong grind size can make your coffee bitter and over-extracted.

3. Choose the Right Grinder

This may not be a requirement, but it is a great way to guarantee that you are using the right grinder. There are many different kinds of coffee grinders available, including manual and automatic.

Manual grinders allow you to control the size of the coffee beans easier. However, they require a bit more effort and may brake out after frequent use.

Automatic grinders offer an easier way to make sure that your coffee ends up nice and smooth.

4. Choose the Right Water Temperature

To ensure that you are brewing at the right temperature, use a thermometer to check the temperature of your water. Be sure to pay attention to the correct range, so you do not overheat your coffee.

This will ensure that you get full flavor from your coffee.

A good water temperature should be around 195 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. “Bloom” Your Coffee Beans

The goal is to get the coffee grounds to absorb as much water as possible. This will give your coffee a better aroma, and more flavor.

To do this you should fill the French Press to the top with hot water, then slowly add your beans to be soaked in hot water for a minute and you are ready to start brewing!

6. Use Good Quality Filtered Water

Another great way to improve your French Press experience is to use filtered water. This will ensure that you are getting the freshest tasting water possible.

Tap water can contain undesirable elements, such as substances that could affect the taste of your coffee. Try to have a consistent temperature and pH level when using filtered water.

Professional baristas recommend using filtered water for the best tasting coffee. If you notice that your French Press tastes more like regular cup of joe, try switching to filtered water.

7. Always Clean Your French Press After Each Brew

Since coffee contains oils, it is important to clean your French Press after each brew. Failing to do so could will affect the taste of your next cup of coffee.

The best way to clean your French Press is by using a combination of vinegar, water and some baking soda.

8. Pre Heat Your French Press

To ensure that your coffee reaches the correct temperature, you should preheat your French Press before each brew.

Many people forget this step because it only requires a few seconds. This simple tip only serves to save time and get the best taste.

Read Also: French Press Brewing Guide

9. Brew For 4-5 Minutes Max

If you brew your coffee for too long, it will taste bitter and be over extracted. If you take too little time to brew your coffee, it will come out weak.

Always brew for 4-5 minutes tops. This should give it a strong taste with a full body.

10. Pick The Right French Press Size

Choosing the right size for your French Press can make a big difference when it comes to the quality of your coffee. There are 4 French Press sizes you can buy. The 3 cup, the 4 cup, the 8 cup and the 12 cup.

The 3 cup French Press is the smallest, and the 12 cup is the biggest. Most people choose to buy a 4 cup french press for their home use. This size will make enough coffee for about 2 mugs. (don’t confuse cups with mugs!)

Read Also: All About French Press Sizes

11. Press The Plunger Slowly

The final tip is to take your time when pressing down the plunger. It is best to go slow and steady, and avoid pressing too hard.

If you press down too hard, you could end up with a oily taste, because the filter will not be able to trap all the oils and sediments.

The slow press method also gives you more control over the process and squishes the coffee grounds evenly for better extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you Stir French Press?

Stirring is used to make a French Press cup of coffee stronger and more flavorful. When you stir, the coffee grounds are mixing with each other, releasing more flavor. You can use a spoon or spatula when stirring French Press coffee.

How long should coffee steep in a French Press?

The optimum steeping time is 3-4 minutes. Longer steep will result in more bitter coffee, and less will result is a weaker flavor.

Does French Press coffee has more Caffeine?

Yes,coffee brewed in a French Press will have a higher caffeine content. The process extracts more of the caffeine into the coffee, making it more bitter.

Last Thoughts

Following the tips above will give you a much better cup of coffee than you were probably used to getting.

It does not take much effort and you can repeat these steps each and every time you want to brew some delicious coffee!


Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.