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French Press Guide
Of all brewing methods, the French press may be our favorite. It’s simple, elegant and brews fantastic coffee – no complicated equipment required.
The French press method yields multiple cups of full-bodied coffee in just four minutes. Heaven!
You’ll want to brew with water that’s just below a boil, so as not to scald the coffee. So bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat a smidge to maintain the correct temperature.
You’ll need a coarse, even grind for French press coffee. Grind to a breadcrumb consistency.
The amount of coffee depends on the size of your French press. For the large Le Creuset French press, we recommend four tablespoons of ground coffee. For the small French press, just under two tablespoons should be fine.
Slowly pour the simmering water into the French press. Fill it halfway and pause a few seconds to let the coffee bloom. Pour in the remaining water, stopping just below the spout. Replace the lid, with the filter and metal rod pulled up. Let steep three to four minutes.