French Press Coffee / Cafetiere

Unveiling 3 Secrets to Making the Best French Press Coffee

The Humble
French Press

Most people across the world need a fresh cup of coffee every morning to act as an energizing boost for the day. It’s a creamy and delicious pick-me-up that can set you in the right mood, kickstart your day or freshen your brain from an afternoon slump at work. On the other hand, bad coffee doesn’t fail to put a sour taste in people’s mouths.

The secret to making great coffee is relatively straightforward, but it varies depending on your brewing method. A French Press coffee, or, as it's also known as - the Cafetiere,  is a popular method that comes packed with flavour - deep, earthy chocolate or fruity classics.

Despite its popularity, French Press coffee is often overlooked compared to flashy and fancier ones like espresso. However, with the right tools and tips, you can make the best cup of coffee at home using your french press. With that in mind, the guide below should help you create the perfect brew anytime:

An excellent cup of coffee always starts with fresh coffee beans, so buying quality, speciality coffee is a must if you want to make a drink that rivals your favourite hole-in-the-wall coffee shops. Store-bought coffee is enough to do the trick, but buying from a local roaster can elevate the experience.



Ready or pre-ground coffee can also produce a tasty result, but it’s lacklustre compared to fresh grounds, as this ensures you can add all the flavoursome nuances in your coffee. Speaking of which, it’s best to start with a medium-coarse setting on your grinder to produce the silkiest results.

The ideal texture of the beans should fall between rock salt and steel-cut oats, but you can adjust the grinder settings later until you achieve the right balance of flavours. If you find the brew weak, you can improve the taste by opting for a finer grind. Meanwhile, you can remove the harsh, over-extracted flavours by opting for a coarser grind if you set it too fine.

You can pour the water into the french press as soon as it boils, though you may need to wait 30 seconds if you have an insulated or double-walled French Press. The ideal coffee-to-water ratio is between 60 to 70 grams of coffee per litre of water, wherein it reaches a mass ratio between 1:16 and 1:14.

“Wetting” is a crucial step when pouring the brewing water in the coffee grounds, which involves a good stir about 30 to 45 seconds into the recommended brewing time of six to eight minutes. This releases the excess carbon dioxide in the mixture, which tends to over-extract the brew when left unchecked.

You’ll know your brew is good to go once the coffee grounds have sunk, and no grounds are floating around anymore.



French Press coffee is a straightforward brewing method that offers the full experience to coffee lovers as it provides all the flavours. You can make more than your average brew that way it is meant to taste without any lingering impurities, especially when done right.

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