How to Make a French Press Coffee (that tastes good)

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How to make a: Plunger, French Press, Cafetiere - whatever you call it, Alex walks you through our steps to making the cleanest, most delicious coffee you'll ever get from one of these devices. This method has been inspired from many coffee professionals along the way through Alex's UK coffee journey.

*Hot Tip* Don't press the plunger down!

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The great thing about coffee brewing is, it's an adventure and you should try different ways! It's not one technique fits all.

Liked the video!

Author — Coffee with Bill

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And remember: always start your brew and decant it on an even numbered minute past the hour, use water from the nearest fairy glade (failing that, Scandinavian or Icelandic glacial meltwater is an acceptable substitute), remove all footwear during the steeping process and don't talk within 10 feet of the brew while it's steeping or the micro shockwaves of your voice will agitate too much bitter tannins and oils from the grounds.

For best results, throw your cafetiere out and buy a new one after every use. Or why not be eco friendly and donate it to some plebs.

Author — Wile.E.shaggedmyshihtzu

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I've used a French press to make coffee for years. It is simple: bring bottled water to a boil, pour over grounds in the carafe, stir with spoon, wait about 4 minutes, plunge handle down. This makes an excellent pot of coffee!

Author — pepperco100

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To each their own, I would think that you remove most of the flavorful oils on top of your coffee when you spoon out the grounds.
I started using a French press because it doesn’t remove those oils and makes the best coffee I’ve ever had.

Author — Cyndi Foore

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Tried it and it's made a huge improvement to my weekend coffee!

Author — Tim Smith

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Hi! I saw this video a few months ago, and have been making my coffee this way ever since. No more little annoying grounds in my coffee cup after brewing. It works great! Thank you for posting this!

Author — Rosie S

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I think this is a very well made and well shot video. Personally I think there's a little to much overlap with James Hoffmans video not to reference it, however I very happy to see people making high quality videos on coffee. This is close to the method I use and I think everyone in the comments should try it before dismissing it!

Author — Adam Harber

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Thanks. I was using a French press I found at a thrift store, submerging the grounds in a large tea bag. It served me well for 3 years, until it bit the dust. Now instead of replacing it, I use a large wide mouth jar weighting down my tea bag. Takes a little longer to brew, is less messy, but is a whole lot healthier. Many people have shared that unfiltered coffee contains some chemical that is not at all good for our bodies.

Author — Patty M

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This was a very helpful video and enjoyable! I am just starting to learn how to use a French press and this was very informative. I am moving to Seattle in June and I plan to try new coffee from local coffee shops as often as I can :)

Author — Amanda Baskerville

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Love the kitchen! Hmm interesting.
Just made my first ever pot of french press coffee after being a lifetime auto drip convert. It was so good but had slight sludge at bottom. Will try your method with my 2nd pot. thank you!

Author — Christine Milosek

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what i'm getting out of this is that i can get a reasonably optimized french-press style brew out of a normal glass jug, without any kind of press

Author — bradley morgan

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The reason I always brew my coffee in a french press is the way how simple it is and less finicky, I don't find the reason to make it more complicated by following this

Author — Normal Vector

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Great video man. I was a Tim Hortons guy until I was introduced to the press. It has made my coffee adventures way better.

Author — John B

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Thank you for this interesting video! We make French pressed coffee every morning but we’ve never done it like that! Well give it a try! :)

Author — Oneonthehill

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I tried this for the first time yesterday, and it really worked for me.

I got coffee with virtually no sediment, which made much more of a difference on the taste than I expected. That said, as others point out here, I'm not sure how much of it is because I didn't press the filter all the way down, vs because I scooped up the tiny coffee grinds before the filter even goes in.

Either way, thank you!

Author — Jack Leow

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Great video! More French press videos, please :)

Author — Alejandra Morlett

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Fun video with lots of useful info. I wasn’t really sure I’d taste the difference between plunging and not plunging but I was surprised by the dramatic difference. I appreciate the smoother flavor achieved by removing grounds after brewing. Much cleaner mouth feel. Still rich and full bodies.

Author — Sarah Deschene

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I've used a French Press for decades, and always friend my coffee beans, a very dark roast, ground to espresso, using a French-made SEB, sourced from a local roaster. Muddy? Perhaps. But my coffee sets just the right tone for my day!

Author — Every Buddy A Trainer

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Well done! I think that I'm going to move back to the French press for a bit. I've been on pour-over for 2 years now and ready to learn something new.

I did NOT know just how wrong I was doing French press! Excited to see what the result of my new knowledge will be. Thanks!

Author — BKF

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wow this guy really knows how to complicate something so simple

Author — Romina Del Alcazar