French Press Coffee

French Press Coffee

We started our journey to becoming coffee lovers with the classic Mr. Coffee and Keurig but knew there could be better. As we started to step up our coffee game we noticed the best coffee was served out of a french press but we were intimidated by the tools required and how to make it. After doing some research, we learned all you need is a french press, whole coffee beans and a way to grind them coarsely – and BOOM we were in business!

Now that we’ve made the switch to french press coffee – there is no going back! If you’re a fellow coffee lover too, you’ll have to give this a try. Also full disclosure: 1/2 of Plates of Love (Lisa) works for Starbucks and has become a bit of a coffee snob, so she can vouch that a french press is one of the best ways to enjoy brewed coffee!

Serving Size: 2 large cups of coffee


  • 50 grams of coarsely ground coffee beans
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • sugar (optional)
  • milk or cream (optional)


  1. Heat 4 cups of water until boiling – we used an electric kettle but you can also heat the water on a stove top. If using the stove, let the water sit for 1-2 mins after it boils – you don’t want it to burn the coffee
  2. Coarsely grind your coffee beans – grinding them right before making coffee releases more flavor and oils!
  3. In a french press, add in your coffee grounds and hot water, then quickly stir to ensure all the coffee is immersed in water before affixing the french press lid
  4. If you’re using a light or medium roast, set a timer for 3 mins and 30 seconds – if you’re making a darker roast we recommend 15 or so seconds less
  5. After your timer goes off – plunge the french press and enjoy hot!
This is the grinder we use but you can use anything you like, just be sure to set it to grind the beans coarsely
You can see the beans still have some large pieces when ground – this is perfect for the French press technique

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