How-To: French Presse Coffee

Sometimes the simplest things can be the toughest to master…

B&A CoffeePeople can get pretty particular about their beany brews, so we decided to go right to the source and find out from our friends at Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters exactly how to make a perfect press at home.

Not only does B&A roast beans – they’re also skilled in the art of making a great cup. Chief roaster and owner Drew gave us a quick tutorial on some of the finer points of making French Press coffee.

It’s also worth noting that you can order beans directly from them and get them shipped to your home (or wherever) for a flat fee of just $10 – or for free if you spend over $50.

Check them out and order some beans for yourself here. Say hello for us.


Coarse ground coffee

Hot water (around 203 degrees fahrenheit; just under boiling)


French Press Coffee

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Note: Use roughly one cup of water for every tablespoon of coarse ground coffee

1. Heat your bodum by adding some hot water to it, letting it soak, then emptying it

2. Pour in your coffee

3. Add enough water to cover coffee and give it a little stir, then let it soak for about 30 secs

4. Fill the bodum with hot water

5. Give it a light stir at the top, then place the plunger on – but don’t plunge

6. Let coffee brew for 3 minutes

7. Gently press the plunger all the way to the bottom

8. Serve in some warmed glasses with whatever you take in your coffee


*If your plunger doesn’t press easily it’s likely that your grind is too fine. Make sure you have a nice coarse grind.

*It’s important to not let your coffee brew for too long. It gets bitter. Stick to the three minute range. 

*You will likely find some sediment in your coffee, which is totally normal and okay. But, you can limit the amount by pouring slowly and not draining every drop from the bodum. 

Bonavita Water KettleNeed a great kettle for making coffee at home? This Bonavita is the standard for most coffee shop owners and roasters when making the good stuff in the comfort of their own kitchens.

Baratz GrinderLooking to make your set complete? This at-home grinder is great for all your coffee needs. It’s slick, quick and stays sharp. It can get you exactly the grind you want at a price you can afford.

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