How to Make Perfect French Press Coffee

Dayne Dayne (57)
6 minutes

The french press is one of the easiest ways to make great coffee. Anybody can master it, so let's show you how!

French Press ×1
fresh coffee ×1

Howchoo is reader-supported. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn a small affiliate commission at no cost to you when you buy through our links.

I recommend starting at a 15:1 water to coffee ratio and adjusting over time as you see fit. This means for 55g of coffee, you'll use 825g of water. A standard cup of coffee is around 355ml and we all remember from chemistry that 1ml of water weighs 1g so you can do the math based on the size of your french press and how much coffee you need.

If this is too complicated for you, then just experiment and adjust for taste but make sure you remember what you did last time so you can tweak it!

close up of coffee grounds in a pile

Coffee that comes pre-ground is not the ideal grind size and its not fresh anyways so I highly recommend buying whole bean coffee and grinding right before you brew.

This brings the water down to an ideal 200 degrees. If you pour the water right off the burner, you risk scorching some of the coffee.

Pour water slowly into the french press

When you're finished, start a 4 minute timer.

After one minute, stir the grounds and place plunger on top.

Push the plunger down a tiny bit to submerge the grounds on top.


I highly recommend decanting all of the coffee immediately instead of leaving it in the press and coming back later. The coffee in the press is still extracting so you want to remove it from the grounds as soon as possible.

1980s romance movies for every mood. Delight in the passion, the humor, and the drama.
Odin Odin (181)

There is a collective nostalgia about certain portions of the 1980s; that decade held a strange middle ground between the fast-paced era of high Internet technology, and the simpler, grittier ages that came before. A sense of dystopia arose on the horizon, as neoliberal capitalism joined forces with rugged individualism beneath the banner of the Cold War. One of the shining lights of the 1980s is the romantic tinge to so much of the media—a certain glamour that sparkled on the silver screen. It was as if the cinematography took tips from the Golden Age of Hollywood, when the bright lights made the actors, already larger than life, burst from the screen like cultural gods. Within the genre of romance movies from the 1980s, a great range also existed. From the incredibly self-serious, to the profoundly silly, we saw an incredible array of exploration into the nature of love and lust. Some of the great early films focused on non-hetero relationships also started being made, showcasing LGBTQ+ relationships in a different way, taking what had once been more avant-garde (more “artsy”) and allowing it to be seen by more mainstream crowds.