Whoa, whoa, who is this lady telling me I’ve been brewing my coffee wrong?? Hey, I know better than anyone that coffee brewing is SERIOUS business. That’s why I wanted to write a post that would make you sit up and take notice because this double-brewing French press method really is the best. 

best french press coffee

Here’s why it’s the ONLY way we brew our morning French press cup of coffee: 

  1. It’s easy. I don’t make you measure your boiling water temperature. Just boil your water. Done. (IF you want to get technical, water that’s just below boiling is perfect – usually, by the time I’ve turned off the kettle and got the coffee grounds in the French press, it’s cooled enough to be fine for me.) 
  2. It’s a simple switch that WILL improve the flavor of your coffee, and reduce acidity. I blind taste-tested it – it works!
  3. That’s it. What, that isn’t enough for you? 😉 

Okay, here we go. 

Steps to making the BEST French press coffee (double-brewing method): 

  1. Boil your water. 
  2. Grind your beans. I use a Capresso Burr grinder (yes, this matters – it gives the right size of coffee grain and makes them evenly ground! We like a stronger brew, so I use 4 heaping tablespoon scoops of whole beans for each pot. We LOVE Strictly Organic Sumatran Roast.
  3. Put coffee grounds into French press. I use this one from Coffee Gator – and in fact I’ve gotten this method of brewing from them! They are smart! It is durable and we take it camping (hence the cosmetic bumps and scratches). 
  4. Pour hot water over the grounds to about an inch from the top of the coffee press. Stir well with a large spoon.
    best french press double brew method
  5. Put the top on (DON’T plunge yet!) and let sit for 4 minutes. 
  6. Remove the top, and scoop the foam. Yes, the foam. If you slowly skim the spoon on the surface of the coffee, you will see about 1/4 – 1/3 of a cup of coffee foam. SCOOP THE FOAM. Scoop it all off and toss it out. I just scoop and dump it into the sink until no foam remains. This is going to remove the especially bitter and acidic qualities that coffee in a French press can have, resulting in a smooth – yet strong – brewed cup of joe!

    coffee foam scoop the foam
  7. Put the lid back on (DON’T plunge yet!) and let sit for another 5 minutes.
    best double brew french press method
  8. FINALLY, you can press the plunger when the last 5-minute timer is up, and enjoy your coffee. I happen to prefer it with no sugar and a healthy splash of Organic Valley Half and Half. (I also sometimes add powdered collagen to my coffee, but that’s another blog.)
    best double brew french press coffee

So that’s how I do it at my house. I will admit, it takes exactly 6 minutes longer, but I believe it’s worth it! There’s just nothing like that first sip of coffee in the morning, especially as the weather here starts to get colder (we had below freezing the other day, can you believe it? It’s September!)

Closing notes:

To keep your coffee brew working hard for you, always clean or rinse your French press after each brewing. Don’t let your coffee sit around in the French press, it will start to make the brewed coffee taste bitter and off. Also, always clean out the leftover grounds and silt from your Burr grinder (the top part off and take out the grinding wheel – check your specific make and model for cleaning instructions). I clean ours about once a week and that seems to be the perfect balance of clean vs. anal about coffee. You find your own balance. In the meantime, I’m off to get a warm-up 😉