How to Use a French Press | Perfect Coffee

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My name is Mike Jones, and I'm a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City. I'm going to teach you some basic coffee-making skills.

I'm going to show you how to make a French press. First there's a few things you're going to need. You're going to need some fresh coffee, preferably whole bean in which case you'll also need a grinder. You'll need a timer and then you'll also need the French press. So the first thing you're going to do is weigh out the beans. I like to use 25 grams of coffee for this size French press. Now if you don't have a scale, you can also just do three rounded scoops. So you can go ahead and grind this coffee. So this is ground medium coarse. You can play around with the grind setting after making it a couple of times. If it's tasting too bitter and too strong, you might be using a little bit too fine of a grind. And if it's a little bit watery and weak, then it might be too coarse. So you take the French press, and you're going to want to preheat it. You can either take water off a boil, have a nice water tower here. Then you let that sit for a while so it gets up to heat. Alright, so after the French press is preheated, you want to dry it out then add the grounds. Now again, I definitely recommend getting a scale, it just makes brewing coffee easier. But if you don't have one, you just want to use about 12 and a half ounces of water for this size. So I'm going to go ahead and add the water to the French press. The first amount I'm going to add is just enough to soak the grounds at the bottom of the press. So adding that in... so just that much water there. And then just stir it around to incorporate all the grounds with the water and start the timer. And you actually just let that sit there for 30 seconds. I would also recommend covering it when you're not doing anything to keep the heat intact. Alright, after 30 seconds you're going to add the rest of the water. Now this is either 12 and a half ounces or 400 grams of water. Once you've added all of that, just give it another gentle stir. And you put the plunger on and then you're going to let that sit until 3 and a half minutes. So after 3 and a half minutes you're going to press the plunger down. And this is another way you can tell if you've ground too coarse or too fine. If it goes without any resistance, it's going to be too coarse. And then if you have a really difficult time pressing down it's going to be too fine. Then I recommend decanting the French press before serving, because if you leave it sitting there it will actually keep extracting and end up tasting bitter. So once you've done that, you can just let it cool down and it's ready to serve.

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Forgot some details. First, you have to find organic coffee beans from ancient tribes living in the mountains of vietnam. Then you must use a french press made in france, and only a glass french press that contains beach sand from the beaches of Plage de Palombaggia. For water, you have to use certified rain water that comes from the clouds over the island of pipi in Thailand. Only then, can you have a great cup of coffee following the proceeding steps of this video.

Author — TSM


Wanted to buy a French press until I watched this video.. learning a second language seems quicker.

Author — Nick Wright


For reference, based on the video- 25 grams of whole beans, or 3 scoops before grinding (medium course, because too bitter might be due to a too fine grind) - then to be used for the french press to make coffee | preheat the frenchpress with freshly boiled water until filled to the top, then discard water, then add the medium grind coffee | add hot water just enough to soak the coffee grinds and stir a bit, then let sit for 30 seconds | after the 30 seconds, add the rest of water until almost full, and stir again | put plunger and cover, let sit for 3 1/2 minutes | after 3 and a half mins push plunger down ( If its too hard to push it means the grinds are too fine and if its too easy the coffee grind is too coarse) | pour the coffee into mug to prevent it from becoming bitter

Author — Dinx380


I’ve been using a French press for years, about 20 oz size. I put in 3 spoons (from my flatware drawer) of coffee, pour boiling water over, put on lid. Make a piece of toast, cook an egg, then pour coffee...perfect every time.

Author — Pegily


As someone who has tasted very exceptional coffee, I really liked this video. One thing I feel like you left out was: what was the temperature of your steeping water? I figure if the temperature is important enough to preheat your French press, then it is important enough to note in the video. Thanks for the video.

Author — GenericHandle01


followed your instructions and am currently enjoying the best coffee i've ever had. thank you, dude.

Author — smoothrideclyde


I feel like every barista does this process with commentary when I order my coffee because that's how long it takes me to get my drink

Author — Mickey Majkic


I like how he explains things. They are very simple. I'm definitely looking into buying a French press.

Author — Taylor a


Super informative and soothing to watch. It is so easy to grind coffee too finely and have bitter coffee. All of his tips helped me.

Author — Jbyrd


I enjoyed! Trying out my very first french press so all these particulars were fascinating.

Author — Ann Christensen


Thank you! This was a great video and you're such a good teacher. I'm ready to use my French press. Cheers!

Author — Sailing Lola Moo


I love my French Press. He has shown perfect form but it doesn’t have to be that complicated and the coffee still comes out delicious!

Author — TheYoyozo


nice job explaining . I followed along and used the french press for the first time, in real time. Thanks!

Author — Darius Frowner


Actually I was gonna say I appreciated the measurements and timing he involved in this video. So thanks!

Author — Brock Kossman


Great video! Super helpful! My Keurig broke this morning and I had a French press I bought forever ago but didn’t know how to use it!

Author — Talking with Tarrah


I’ve always made my coffee in a regular coffee maker, this seams like a lot of work. Stir gently, 30 seconds, 3 minutes, pour into some type of beaker, then into your coffee cup. I’m not making fun of this video, just seams like a lot! Would I be able to taste the difference in the coffee if I tried this?

Author — Richard Rincon


Thanks so much for the video just bought a French press and this helped so much to hear from an expert barista they deal with coffee everyday all day .

Author — xiomana xoxoxo


A Great Instructional Video that was very easy to follow and understand. Thank you for taking the time to give such clear and simple instructions. Going away now to put them into practice. Don't listen to all the negativity...this is a very professionally constructed video. You should be proud of it. I don't usually hit the subscribe button so quickly or make comments. The video has to be very good in content and videography for a subscription and excellent for a comment. You got both. So...take that critics!

Author — Martin Topp


i like the idea of pre-heat the glass, also pre-soak for 30 seconds in a small amount of hot water. great instructions thank you i just bought one.

Author — synon9m


Fussy, yes, but I can imagine it yields pretty great coffee. Though he did lose me a bit at preheating the that's just too much for me. But while maybe a bit more labor intensive than I would have hoped, I think the coffee he decanted into the pitcher was probably heavenly. Also on a side note total unintentional ASMR! I love how soft spoken he is and how gentle he is in all of his movements. He's probably a really personable barista.

Author — Leah