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Plunger & French Press - Coffee Brewing Guide

The Plunger (or French Press) is an easy and consistent way to brew coffee. It’s the classic way to brew for a few people at once, during brekky or after lunch.

Depending on how much brewed coffee you want, you’ll need varying amounts of ground coffee. We’ve found that 60-70g coffee per litre of water is a good ratio. So for one and a bit cups, you’ll need 20g coffee and 300g water.

The French Press, with Abbie from Market Lane Coffee on Vimeo.

Step 1 - Prepare

Start with at least ½ litre of fresh filtered water and bring to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, rinse the plunger glass and filter with hot water. 

Step 2 - Grind

The beans should be ground quite coarsely; between your fingers it should feel like coarse sand. Make sure your plunger is empty of water, and add the ground coffee to the plunger.

Step 3 - Pour

Add your boiled water quite vigorously to your plunger and start your timer. Let it brew for 1 minute, and then give it a good stir. Now let it brew for 3 more minutes.  

Step 4 - Plunge

Gently and slowly push the plunger down until it is holding the ground coffee firmly on the bottom of the plunger. Now pour, drink and enjoy!

A Few Tips

+ If you can’t plunge without pulling a muscle, try coarsening your grind, or use slightly less coffee.

+ If you like your coffee a little stronger, use more coffee or less water.

+ If the coffee tastes watery or weak, try brewing it for longer than 4 minutes, or use a finer grind.


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