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Frequently Asked Questions

French press coffee may be bad for you as it raises your cholesterol levels. A French press does not filter out cafestol, a substance that causes your “bad” cholesterol levels to rise. However, French press coffee is not always bad for you as it contains the compound methylpyridinium which helps lower your cancer risk.

French press coffee tastes better because the coffee is steeped in coffee grounds, creating a better flavour and intensity. Coffee from a French press is also better for health because more nutrients and antioxidants are present in unfiltered French press coffee. No need to use paper filters either, the mesh filter does the job just as well – so it’s better for the environment too.

Here’s how you make French press coffee:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of coffee straight from your coffee grinder for every 200ml of water.
  2. Pour hot water into your French press.
  3. Replace and press the plunger.
  4. Allow coffee to brew in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Plunge the coffee gently.
  6. Pour out your coffee and enjoy!

Read our French Press Brew Guide for more advice.

Here’s how many scoops of coffee you’ll need to put in a 3-cup, 8-cup and 12-cup French press:

French Press Standard SizeHow Many Scoops Of Coffee To Put In A French Press (tbsp/grams)Amount Of Water To Make one French Press Coffee (oz/ml)French Press Coffee Yield (8 oz. cups)
3-cup French Press2-3 tbsp (32g)8oz/237ml1 cup
8-cup French Press6-8 tbsp (108g)24oz/710ml3 cup
12-cup French Press13-15 tbsp (234g)40oz/1182ml5 cup

Benefits of using a French press:

Characteristics of French PressBenefits of French Press
French press allows raw coffee grounds and leaves to be in contact with waterAllows more beneficial antioxidants and nutrients to be captured in your coffee
Unfiltered coffeeSuperior and more intense coffee flavour
Requires less coffee grounds to brew your coffeeSaves you money
Does not require a bleached coffee paper filterBenefits the environment and does not expose you to unknown health consequences

Yes, you can use regular coffee in a French press. Any type of coffee can be brewed in a French press. However, you will get best results with freshly ground coffee in your measuring cup. Try both regular coffee and home-ground coffee beans and taste the difference once brewed with hot water in your French press.

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