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How To Make Coffee With A French Press

Updated on June 2, 2015
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Making Coffee With A French Press Is Easy

It really is easy! We recently purchased a small to medium-sized Bodum Chambord French Press and quickly mastered how to make a good cup of coffee. It is a simple device that still produces a good cup. Both my husband AND my house guests were suitably impressed with the results. On this page you will find the simple steps that we took to make a delicious cup using our new coffee maker, a number of simple videos that provide insights into using a French Press and a number of links to other great resources.

You, too, can make your coffee with a Bodum French Press coffee maker from Amazon.

Using Your French Press Coffee Maker - Video instructions. It's so easy even a monkey could do it...

Using your French Press really is so simple that a monkey could do it...well, I honestly do not know if a monkey could make it but this monkey demonstrates in just 30 seconds HOW easy it is to use your Bodum Chambord French Press. This short Youtube video is from Bodum.

Bodum Chambord French Press
Bodum Chambord French Press
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  • 1 Tablespoon of Coarsely Ground Coffee
  • Per 4 Ounces of Water


  1. Begin by REMOVING the plunger mechanism and putting 1 tablespoon of coarsely ground coffee for each serving in the glass container.
  2. Bring your water to a boil in your kettle and then let the water cool for two minutes.
  3. Add the water to your grounds, making sure to leave an inch at the top empty.
  4. Put the cover and plunger on your glass beaker, leaving the plunger UP. Close the spout opening.
  5. After five minutes, carefully depress the plunger to push your filter through the water and the grounds to the bottom of the container. (This time can be adjusted according to how strong you like your brew.)
  6. Open the spout and pour your coffee. Extra should be removed from the beaker or it may become bitter.
  7. Enjoy.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 Minute.

Total Time: Less than 10 minutes.

Serves: Depends on size of your French Press.

How To Make Coffee With Your French Press

This video, from Parisi Coffee, is a little more in depth than the one shown above and shares a couple of great 'secrets.' If you really want to master your French Press, this video will help.

Our Bodum French Press

We purchased a three-cup Bodum, which will serve my husband nicely when we are home alone. (I do not drink coffee.) It allows for three smallish cups. These instructions, however, will work for ANY size bodum.

Bodum Young Press French Press

This is the French Press that Bodum used in the video shown above. It is called the Young Press and we like it because it is designed to be shock resistant. You can pack it in your bag and not worry about it arriving safely at your destination. It brews 1 liter or 34 ounces of coffee and comes in this attractive red and black combination.

Oxo Strainer
Oxo Strainer

How To Clean Your French Press?

Why does it always seem to be that coffee equals mess? I have seen numerous methods for cleaning your French Press that run the gamut from pouring the wet grinds onto your rose bushes to flushing them down the toilet. However, the method that we like is to run them through a small strainer, like the strainer shown here. That is an easy way to separate the grounds from the water and then you can dispose of them as you wish be that in the garbage, the compost or on the flower bed.

Click here to order this Oxo strainer from Amazon.

How Do You Make Your Coffee?

How Do You Make Your Coffee?

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© 2011 Treasures By Brenda

Do you use a French Press? - Or have you? What did you think?

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Merrci: Thanks, Merrci!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I have one. Now I'll try using it! Thanks for the directions--very hand to have. Enjoyed your lens.

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      cmadden 6 years ago

      The press and espresso machines are for coffee at home, while the drip machine is for the thermos coffee headed to work (easier to make in the morning).

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I've heard that a French Press makes very good coffee but I've never had a cup made this way.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Good information! Sundae ;-)

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I have never seen a French Press before now - and I am intrigued! I want to try one soon!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, this looks very easy. I've never heard of a French press, but I'm thinking it might be a very good idea for my husband, who isn't very happy with the coffeemaker that I recently bought for him. I'm no monkey, but I think even I could make coffee this way!