How To Brew CFP Using A French Press Coffee Maker


What You Need:

  • French Press
  • Freshly Grounded Chicago French Press Coffee (French Press grind or whole beans)
  • Water Kettle
  • Hot Water (195-200 °F)
  • Wooden Stirrer
  • Cup or Mug
  • Timer
  • Optional: Scale or Coffee Scoop: Using scales is precise and recommended coffee and water measuring method.



The standard ratio for French press is 1:14, 1 part of coffee to 14 parts of water.  Adjust the ratio to suit your preferences.


French Press Size

Brewed Coffee

Coffee Grounds


12 oz French Press

10.3 oz

0.7 ounces (~3.3 tbsp.)

10.3 oz (2.15 cups)

17 oz French Press

14.6 oz

1 ounce (~4.8 tbsp.)

14.6 oz (3.04 cups)

34oz French Press

29.2 oz

2.1 ounce (~10.0 tbsp.)

29.2 oz (6.08 cups)

51oz French Press

43.9 oz

3.1 ounce (~14.8 tbsp.)

43.9 oz (9.15 cups)

59 oz French Press

50.7 oz

3.6 ounce (~17.1 tbsp.)

50.7 oz (10.56 cups)



  1. Be sure to use a clean french press to begin.
  2. Before brewing, boil hot water in a pot. If you are not using a thermometer, we recommend letting the water sit for 60 seconds after it comes off the boil.
  3. Add CFP’s pre-ground “French Press grind” coffee (or you may grind CFP whole beans in a coarse grind) to the bottom of the French Press. See coffee to water ratio table to determine how much coffee to add.
  4. Pour a small amount of hot water in the French Press to dampen the bed of grounds and wait 30 seconds. Keep covered with plunger lid during bloom to hold in heat.
  5. Gently stir with a wooden stirrer so that the grounds are evenly saturated. Wait 30 secs, allowing coffee to bloom.


  1. Fill up the French Press with the remainder of the hot water and gently stir again.
  2. Place the filter plunger on top of the pot and lower it just enough to make contact with the water.
  3. Make sure to turn the lid so that it covers the mouth of the French press to maintain the water temperature. Do not press down quite yet.
  4. Let the coffee steep for about 4 minutes.


  1. Push the plunger down, slowly forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom of the French Press.


  1. Serve immediately in the comfort of your home or as a personal coffee option at work. Lift the lid to open the spout, and pour.





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