So, you’ve purchased, or are looking to purchase, a French press and want to know what the fuss is about. Maybe you’ll be entertaining guests, and when you pull this nifty contraption out you want to look like you’ve done it a thousand times before. James Bond never stuttered and you don’t want to miss a step when the “coffee course” comes around.

My aunt gave me my first French press as a gift. It sat in my cupboard for months before she bought us a “newer and better” version. I guess she thought we weren’t using it because we were more highbrow than she realized. I don’t own a wooden bowtie, but I’m not opposed to renting them for special occasions. The new press, again, sat until I tried the African roast that Scott, our Founder, had with him at one of our first meetings. He asked if we had one and, remembering the gift hiding behind pots and pans, I smugly said, “Of course.”

He gave me the official French press Instructions and I have now mastered the art for myself. So, now I pass this wisdom on to you.

First, believe me when I say French press coffee really is better tasting coffee. Sometimes I don’t have the 5 minutes to pay attention to it so I’ll brew some of our coffee in the small Keurig, but the taste does suffer without the press. Don’t worry too much about specifics here. I know some guides lay out every measurement and if you’re that guy or girl, I’m sorry, these just aren’t those kind of French press instructions.

These steps will get you where you need to go, and it may take a few times to feel comfortable, but practice makes perfect. In no time you’ll be the James Bond coffee guy or girl of the party.

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  1. Heat some water on the stove (or campfire) to a boil or near-boil.
  2. While the water is heating, grind up your beans with a food processor, grinder, blender, hammer, rock and/or magic. A good ratio is about 2 Tbs./6oz. of water.
    – The amount of beans will depend on the size of your French press, the strength you or your guests like the coffee, and … magic. I feel like that last one covers just about everything else the other guides write out in excruciating detail. After a few times you’ll get the feel of this – I promise. It’s simpler than it looks.
    – Your grounds should be slightly coarser than what you’d use in a drip machine, or a Keurig.
  3. Toss the grounds into the French press.
  4. After the water has boiled, remove it from the heat, and wait a few seconds.
  5. Slowly pour the water over the top of the grounds. If you’re brewing some freshly roasted Wakefield Roasters coffee then gaze in wonder as the beans bloom. (If they don’t bloom, you have oooold coffee. Promptly throw it in the trash and buy some fresh stuff!)
  6. Set the plunger in place, and push it down just enough to get the beans under water.
  7. Wait about 3-5 minutes.
    – If you don’t wait long enough, your coffee will be weak; Too long, and it’ll over steep and get funky.
  8. Slowly and steadily press the plunger to the bottom.
    – If you ground the beans very fine then you may have some grit make it through the filter. That’s ok – some people like that. But, you can get rid of that with a coarser grind next time.
  9. Pour your coffee and be the proud coffee making god that you are. Serve all of the coffee – anything left in the press will continue to steep.

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