french press brewing guide

Instructions for Use

Bodum French Press Coffee Instructions for Bittersweet Cafe1. Place pot on a dry, flat, nonslip surface. Hold handle firmly, then pull the plunger straight up and out of the pot.

2. For each 1.25-deciliter/4-ounce cup, put 1 rounded tablespoon or 1 Bodum scoop of coarse-ground coffee into the pot.

Caution: Use only coarse-ground coffee. Fine grind can clog the filter and create high pressure. Place coffee maker on a heatproof, nonslip surface.

3. Pour hot (not boiling) water into the pot. Leave a minimum of 2.5 centimeters/1 inch of space at the top. Stir the brew with a plastic spoon.

Caution: Metal spoons can scratch or chip the glass beaker and cause breakage.

4. Place the plunger unit on top of the pot. Turn lid to close off the pour spout opening. (Does not apply to the Brazil models.) Do not press down. Let the coffee brew for at least 4 minutes.

5. Hold the pot handle firmly, with the spout turned away from you, then using just the weight of your hand, apply slight pressure on top of the knob to lower the plunger straight down into the pot. Lowering the plunger slowly with minimal pressure produces best results. If the filter clogs or it becomes difficult to push down the plunger you should remove the plunger from the pot, stir the brew, and then slowly plunge again.

WARNING: Using excessive force can cause scalding liquid to shoot out of the pot.

6. Turn the lid to open the pour spout and then pour coffee.

7. Unscrew the filter assembly and clean the plunger unit after each use. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

Safety Instructions

* Not for stovetop use.
* Check glass beaker for scratches, cracks, or chips. Do not use a pot that is scratched, chipped, or cracked. Install a replacement beaker before using the pot again.
* Keep children away while using. Hot water is a hazard to small children!
* Do not allow children to use this coffeemaker.

Scald Hazard

* Excessive plunging force can cause scalding hot liquid to shoot out of pot.
* Do not plunge with force.
* Turn lid to close spout.
* Use only coarse-ground coffee.

Coffee fads may come and go, but chances are no matter which way you sway with the tides of change, there's still a French press in your arsenal. Now's as good a time as ever to revisit the fine art of French press brewing: a technique of so-called "full immersion" brewing that's known for truly highlighting the aromas, and therefore elevating the entire sensory and taste experience, of your coffee.

Whether you're new or old to this kind of brewing, you may know that traditional French press brewing methods have lingered for years around the 3 to 4 minute infusion mark. Yet even this old guard of coffee preparation is not immune to new trends: recent thinking has been that increasing the steep time a few minutes actually brings "sweetness and focus" to the brew, according to Patrick Walsh of Bittersweet - Cafe & Confections, whose press pots can dwell for up to 6 minutes before serving. 

Walsh has also played around with the grind: traditional thinking has been to use a coarsen the French press grind as much as possible, but he's found that playing with a finer grind has sometimes brought a little clarity to the oft-thought-murky method. Where you draw the line on the Press Pot timer is ultimately up to you, of course—but we offer this remedial French press primer in the hopes you'll get pleasingly reacquainted with this coffee brewer again.

This is intended as a "starting off point" for you to revisit the French press as a daily option when brewing your morning cup. Ultimately, you will figure out the best and most convenient ways to use your press potso please; remake, twist, turn, distort, decompile, torch, grind and brew this guide to fit your fancy!

Patrick Walsh
Patrick Walsh