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.

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23 Comments

  1. Brentranome
    January 29, 2018
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    I watched this video to learn how to french press my black rifle coffee. God I love the ironic conflict.

  2. DimasLV83
    January 29, 2018
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    too fetish around coffee …I am not so fan….Is there ways just to make it quickly ?

  3. DANIEL 805
    January 30, 2018
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    WHO ???

  4. Bill McNiel
    January 31, 2018
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    Great instructions, very thorough and useful. I thought I all ready knew everything about using a french press.. I did not. 🙂

  5. J Town
    February 6, 2018
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    "Calm down, Tweek, drink your coffee…"

  6. sirfancypants Mcgee
    February 7, 2018
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    Why do you preheat the vessel?

  7. Robert Johnson
    February 7, 2018
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    Oh, we need fresh coffee?! Of course weak dude! Don't say grams here. No one knows what that is. By scoops do you mean tablespoons. OMG. Hot water, dry out, a timer. Wow. Again with the grams. "watery and weak"

  8. Mark Barrios
    February 8, 2018
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    did I miss the temperature of the hot water water? does it matter??

  9. Obsessed House
    February 15, 2018
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    12 1/2 ounces or 400 grams of water?? which one is it?? that's a big jump! Kinda like saying i might build your house with 2×4's or maybe 2×6's lol.

  10. commenter78
    February 15, 2018
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    He didn't tell us how much time should the hot water be left sitting in the presser.

  11. toilet brush
    February 16, 2018
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    2:09 The measuring cup still has the barcode and price tag attached
    And they bought it on sale! Someone tried to rip it off but gave up

  12. skinsman82000
    February 18, 2018
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    Dude, work on your posture. This is the prototypical sad hipster soy boy, broken down by his barista lifestyle. Get outside and lift something heavy.

  13. Buck Fush
    February 18, 2018
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    I waisted my parents money to go to NYU. And now I am a barista.

  14. Frogman Smith
    February 19, 2018
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    I just spent 2 weeks traveling all over France. And although the did grind and make each cup of coffee individually I NEVER saw a French press.

  15. Thay Guy
    February 20, 2018
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    seems like this could have been a 45 second video…

  16. Luke Han
    February 21, 2018
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    Fucking white baristas! I tell ya……. Just hurry up stfu & make the coffee strong & drink 4 shits sake!

  17. heat4yoass
    February 22, 2018
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    way too much work.

  18. rchouser123
    February 22, 2018
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    Someone thinks they're on NPR

  19. Damien Hardy
    February 22, 2018
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    He was boring

  20. George Santos
    February 23, 2018
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    I'll have to watch it again, felt asleep at grinding……

  21. Keyon Huggins TV
    February 23, 2018
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    Mike Jones…who?

  22. gqfiend
    February 23, 2018
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    He’s soft.

  23. Logan Smith
    February 27, 2018
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    Man this is pretentious.

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