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Getting the most from your French Press Coffee


We love coffee. There are so many ways to make it, and we try them all. In this article, we are highlighting French Press coffee (or cafetiere). Of course, a close alternative to enjoy your ground coffee would be the V60 decanter.



The beauty of French Press coffee is that it’s simple. Add the grounds in, then hot water, and then press a filter down to separate the grounds from the cup. We’re exploring a few things you should know about using a Cafetiere if you’re going to brew like a pro!


French Press coffee brewing is simple but has a learning curve.


It’s easy to make a great cup of French Press coffee with the proper ratios and care, but it can be hard to get the pour right. The trick is not to rush. Let the water steep for three to four minutes, then gently push down on the plunger (this should take about 45 seconds). This pushes all of those delicious oils through your coffee grounds.


Good coffee to water ratio is essential with French Press coffee.


The coffee to water ratio is a crucial factor in making French Press coffee. The general rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. This means that if you’re using a 34-ounce beaker. You should use about 3 tablespoons or about 10 grams of ground beans.


The exact amount of grounds you need for your French Press coffee depends on the type and brand of coffee beans that you are using.


Different brewing methods require different amounts of grounds. If you have an espresso machine rather than a French Press, then fewer grounds will be needed.



Grind size matters.


There are two main reasons that grind size matters in your French Press coffee. Avoid over-extraction, which happens when coffee grounds are too finely ground and steeped for too long. The result is a bitter cup of coffee.


Of course, if too coarsely ground and steeped for too short of a time, then the result is under-extracted French Press coffee—a watery cup lacking in body or sweetness.


We do offer ground options in our coffee range, but there is nothing like grinding your own beans at home for that fresh bean to cup experience!


Our Macap M2M is a manual dose on-demand coffee grinder featuring a 250g bean hopper and optional stepless grinder adjustment. This is a very precise grinder, perfect for the home.



Two Dancing Goat coffees that are great for French Press Coffee


All of our range brings a different flavour to your French Press coffee, but we have highlighted two of our popular coffees below. Whether you like your french press coffee with a lighter body, bursting with mild citrus flavours and light acidity or prefer a more full-bodied, nutty and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate, these two are your go-to.


Ethiopian Sidamo


Crafted using a high percentage of Ethiopian Sidmao Arabica, the coffee produces a well balanced, full-bodied cup bursting with mild citrus flavours and light acidity. A medium roast gives a wonderfully complex coffee with layers of taste.


Available in 1kg and 500g ground as well as 1kg whole bean.


Brazilian Barbosa


This superior pure Arabica coffee is full-bodied, nutty and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate. Using the pulped natural process, the outer skin of the coffee cherry is peeled to expose the fruity layer. It then dries in the sun. Pulped natural processing brings out the natural sweetness and aromatics of coffee. This leads to a better-tasting coffee. Another wonderful addition to the Dancing Goat family.


Available in 1kg and 500g ground as well as 1kg whole bean.


The more you press, the less flavour you get.


Pushing the plunger too far down into the grounds in your French Press will result in over-extraction, which means that you’ll get a cup of coffee with a lot of flavour but also bitterness. Pressing lightly and only pushing until the liquid is about halfway up the sides will leave enough room for more water to be poured in later. If you don’t press enough, however, then you will end up with weak tasting coffee because not enough flavour was extracted from your grounds.


When it is time to decide to stop pressing down on your plunger, there are several factors that come into play, as well as your own personal preference. How coarsely ground is my coffee? Did I let it steep for long enough? How much water did I add before starting steeping? And so on! The best thing about using a cafetiere is that there is no wrong answer; this method offers something different when you make coffee at home or work.”



Learning a few important facts will help you brew great coffee.


French press coffee is a simple but effective way to make coffee. Here are some tips for brewing the best-tasting cup of french press coffee you’ve ever had:

  • The French Press can be called a Plunger Pot or Coffee Press

French press coffee uses coarsely ground beans and steeps them in hot water for three minutes before pressing down the plunger to separate the grounds from the brew.


It’s important to remember that there are many other ways of making coffee, and choosing which one you prefer is up to you.


We hope this article has helped you understand your French Press coffee better and make more informed choices about what type of coffee maker best suits your needs!



We have a range of coffee equipment for the home. Whether you are a coffee enthusiast who is looking for that standout retro lever espresso machine at home or a coffee lover who’s just looking for a quick and convenient quality brew. Take a look at our webshop here.





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