Tutorial: French Press- Alternative Manual Brew ☕️

. . . Hello to all my beautiful readers 😃❤️
In light of recent no electricity events (it was one day, but damn, it felt like forever 😐😂), In this post I will be informing you about one of the most convenient and easy methods of brewing coffee.

The French Press 

The French press is an alternative manual method of brewing coffee. 😃
It is super convenient- from what I’ve seen in various households, it’s a kitchen necessity for anyone who loves milk in their beverages, especially in the South African household- Yes the French press is none other than the milk plunge that everyone knows it to be.

So how does it work? The simple way

– You use a spoon of espresso coffee, put it in the jug, and put the plunge part on top of it and wait for a couple of minutes for the coffee to give its flavour off.
But we all know that I wouldn’t give you just that information 🙂, so now I will be going into some more details of that process.

Coffee used 

I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that the coffee that is used in the Parker household (the house in which I reside 😂😌) uses the house blend from Schoon De Companje’ that is in Stellenbosch.

Unfortunately I’ve been experimenting with pre grounded beans, it’s unfortunate because the flavours are best when the coffee beans are grinded just before its use.

Dosing the coffee 

Dosing the coffee means how much coffee you will be using and on which grounds you will be measuring the amount of coffee that it is you will need for a specific amount of cups made.

I however will only be focusing on a simplified instruction, which is using approximately two levelled (2) table spoon of coffee for one (1) cup. (Use a measuring spoon)

(To be honest with you, this method of brewing is probably the easiest, because I don’t think it would matter if you aren’t precise on your amount of coffee, but it would be important if you aren’t sure about how long you need to brew it for if you aren’t using concise amounts. )

Grind Size of Coffee 

According to what I’ve been reading up on, other bloggers and sites suggest that a more coarse grind be used when using a French press, I however used a more finer grind size, and got very satisfactory results.

But it is ultimately your call , the recommendation is to use a more coarse bean so that no coffee gets filter through, but if there is no resistance when pushing down, you will need to use a finer bean size.

Water temperature 

Before you get started, heat up some water, and then start preparing your other aspects of the coffee brew process.

If you are using a kettle , that works brilliant, and if you are using a pot to heat the water up, be sure to keep an eye on it to get to a heated temperature that allows a cooling off period of at least 5 minutes (I’ll tell you why now)

Measure the amount of water used with the amount of water you want to use – preferably one (1) cup.

Add coffee and water into the French press and Set a timer 

First add your coffee, one (1) – two (2) tablespoons, and how strong , depending on how you like it.

And once the water reaches the boil amount, wait for at least a minute before adding it to your coffee (logically I say this so that the coffee is not burnt in the process)

Add the water

Gently stir the top part of the coffee so that all the coffee is in the water.

Place the plunger on top of the coffee jug in the up position.

This will minimize heat loss. Don’t press down yet.

Set the timer for 3.5 -4 minutes from the time you let water into contact with the coffee.

(You can let the brew process occur longer if you wish, but it all depends on what Coffee you use.

A darker roasted bean is perfect at 3.5- 4 minutes, if you go over that time period, you will experience bitterness.

You’re going to have to do the trial and error thing as well, to find which coffee roast works for you- Mind you it takes a while to perfect)

After 3.5 – 4 minutes, at a constant pressure and pace, press down

Serving your coffee 

When serving your coffee, pour over into your mug or cup.

The French Press coffee will have some sediment at the end. To minimise this, I tend to leave a bit of coffee in the press jug and I also don’t drink the last mouthful of each mug, because of the filtered through sediment.

Finally, either add some milk and sugar if it so pleases you, and Enjoy 😃☕️

This method is perfect for when you’re pressed for time, and want a quick, yet tasteful cup of coffee. 😃☕️

What I experienced when using the French press the first couple of times 

  • With Milk – My coffee was Rich in flavour








  • Without Milk – Could have a slight bitter taste, I should still work on that, but there are a number of factors that come into play with regards to that:


*coffee bean being pre ground

*coffee bean is a darker roast

*waiting time of the coffee to release flavour is too long (Although I was sticking to the 3.5-4 minute time ratio, I might have been off by half a minute, especially the first 3 times that I brewed my coffee)

I hope that you enjoyed reading my post 😃

If you have tried the French press method after reading this, or even if you have any thoughts on it, please do leave a comment 😃❤️

Until Next Time ☕️. . .


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