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.

Comments

Rosanne Coffman says:

Thanks for the class.

André Catani says:

What does "this size of french press" mean? 250mL? 500 mL? Why don't tell the measure?

ukcrydrytrywhy says:

on point instructions! Now I look up how to wake my walls up from sleep.

LeRhonda Jones-Bates says:

love your gentle tone…I think I want to buy one and try this…I hear already ground beans u are getting a mixture of sticks and all other JUNK not pure coffee 0_0

TheFuzzyotternutts says:

Probably eats soy dont yah boy, I couldn’t finish this goddamn weak man made it unbearable

Salvatore Guidone says:

You don't need a scale for water, water's weight has an easy conversion to volume. Metric is even easier 1KG = 1 L or 1000 ml of water. Although warmer temperature will make your water slightly lighter in weight, this effect is really unnoticeable on the scales we are brewing coffee at.

milwaukeegregg says:

To much bullshit….By the time you make this his way, I could have driven to a cafe and had one…

Ellis D says:

"This size press, 3 scoops, to temp" super unhelpful bro.

Hannah R says:

Bruh thiS could have taken 1 min

Symbolic Living says:

I thought liquids were usually measured by volume not weight.

Happy Wanderer says:

Just buy a Keurig.

DemRupees says:

I wonder who he voted for

Mikołaj Baj says:

Hi. Who really want to see grind size at the bottom of the cup? Would be better to show it on a plate.

cowofthemonth says:

I just read that french press is best for making coffee at home and I thought "are they talking about a frikkin plunger?". why yes, yes they are

what a crock. you yanks

Josh Mullican says:

As an avid coffee drinker all I have to say is no that's to much just drink your dang coffee like a normal person who wants to do this at 6 am.

jeff davis says:

Jesus the posture

huajie666 liu says:

I mean this. But hey for get to say thanks. But I never made a Starbucks taste coffee.

Prison Mike says:

Looks like shart water

Trespasser says:

You waste too much hot water to warm up the press – just swirling a bit around is enough, especially if you use expensive bottled alkaline water, which is the best. AND plunge the filter mesh into that water also, to warm it up before using it.

Ward Altman says:

Not only did I learn how to make French press coffee, I feel more relaxed. I like the info and the chill delivery.

Shaun Weaver says:

He could have explained this in normal easy to understand English, and in a way that most people could do it at home. His hipster bullshit wouldn't let him do that, so now we have a video that is useless to most, and didn't help anyone. Good job!

Azhrarn says:

… he's on meth?

Chachi Shapiro says:

He looks like a parody of himself.

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