If you don’t have a scale, you can still make French press coffee by measuring the coffee and water using volume. Aim for a 1:12 coffee to water ratio, which means for every 1 part of coffee, use 12 parts of water. You can use a measuring cup, tablespoon, or any other measuring tool to achieve this ratio and adjust it based on your preference.
Are you worried you can’t make a French press without a scale? Don’t be! We’ll show you how to measure by volume and create the perfect 1:12 coffee to water ratio.
With our precise, experienced instructions, we guarantee that even without a scale, you’ll be able to whip up the perfect French press.
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You’ll need to gather your materials before making a french press. This includes the French press, ground coffee beans, water, measuring cup or spoon, and a timer.
Depending on the size of the French press you have and how much coffee you want to make, you should adjust your measurements accordingly. A general rule is that one scoop of ground coffee should be used for every 12 ounces (one cup) of hot water. If using a measuring cup or spoon, use 1 tablespoon (or 3 teaspoons) of ground coffee per 8 ounces (1/2 cup) of hot water. So if you’re making two cups worth of French press, use 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons).
Additionally, consider setting your timer for four minutes in order to achieve optimal brewing time.
Once all materials are gathered and measured out correctly according to personal preference and cup size desired, it’s time for the next step: brewing!
Grind the Coffee
Gotta grind the coffee to make a great press. Before you can start brewing your French press, you need to have your coffee beans freshly ground.
The best brewing temperature for a French press is 195°F – 205°F, so it’s important that you use freshly ground coffee in order to achieve this temperature.
The grind size should be coarse and evenly distributed – think somewhere between table salt and sea salt texture. If the grinds are too fine, there will be more solubles extracted from the grounds which could lead to over-extracted flavors in the final cup.
On the other hand, if the grinds are too coarse, not enough solubles will be extracted resulting in an under-extracted cup of coffee.
To get it just right without a scale, aim for 1 part coffee beans to 12 parts of water ratio by volume when measuring out your ingredients. You may need some practice before getting this ratio just right but with time and patience you’ll become a master of French press brewing!
Measure the Coffee
To get the perfect French press coffee, it’s important to measure out your coffee and water in a 1:12 ratio by volume. Without a scale, there are two primary methods for achieving this measurement.
The first is to estimate based on volume. This involves measuring out the desired amount of ground beans with an appropriate measuring spoon or cup, such as a tablespoon or ⅛ cup.
The second method is to use weighing methods for estimation. This requires an object that has a known weight — such as coins — which can be used to weigh out the grounds in place of a scale. For example, one U.S quarter weighs approximately 5 grams — meaning eight quarters would equate to 40 grams of beans (or three tablespoons).
Once you have your desired measurement of grounds, simply multiply it by twelve to get the proper water-to-coffee ratio for your French press brew. A general rule of thumb for estimating correctly is that one tablespoon of ground coffee should result in around 10 ounces (300 mL) of brewed beverage when using a standard 8-cup French press carafe.
If you’re still unsure how much coffee and water you need, start small and adjust accordingly until you find what works best for you! Keep in mind that different coffees require different ratios depending on their roast level and grind size; so once you find success with one blend, make sure to note down how much was used so that future brewing will be easier!
Boil the Water
Once you have your coffee and water measured, boil the water to near-boiling temperatures for optimal French press results. You want to make sure your brew temperature is hot enough to extract all the flavor and oils from the coffee grounds, but not so hot that it burns or scalds them. Aim for a temperature of about 200°F (93°C).
To get the right grind size, use a medium-coarse ground that looks like sea salt. If you grind your own beans at home, set your grinder to a setting between 8 and 10 on most models. This should provide you with an even extraction as well as prevent grounds from slipping through and into your cup.
Before pouring in the boiling water, briefly preheat your French press by rinsing it with hot tap water. Doing this will help maintain an even temperature throughout the brewing process. When ready, slowly pour in just enough boiling water to soak the grounds – only fill it up halfway if using one cup of coffee – while stirring gently with a wooden spoon or chopstick.
Cover with the lid without pressing down on the plunger yet; let this sit for roughly four minutes before continuing onto step 3 to finish brewing!
Pour the Water
Once the grounds have soaked for about four minutes, slowly pour the remaining hot water over them while stirring gently.
When brewing without a scale, it’s important to use a cup size that is in proportion with the amount of coffee being used.
As you pour, make sure to keep an eye on both the temperature and volume of your water.
For French press coffee, aim for a 1:12 ratio of coffee to water (for example, if you are using two tablespoons of ground beans, then you would be pouring 24 tablespoons or 12 ounces of hot water).
The optimal temperature for brewing French press is between 195-205°F (90-96°C).
Make sure not to overfill your pot with water or else it could overflow when you put on the lid and plunger.
Once all of the hot water has been poured into the carafe, stir gently one more time before placing the lid and plunger onto it.
Now let everything steep for three to four minutes before pressing down on the plunger and serving!
Steep and Filter the Coffee
Gently stir the coffee grounds one final time before allowing them to steep for three to four minutes. This is known as the bloom, and it helps to release trapped gasses from the grinds that can affect flavor.
After stirring, pour in a bit more hot water if there’s still some dry grounds on top. The total pour time should be between two and three minutes.
Once all of the water has been added, secure a lid on the French press and let it sit for three to four minutes while steeping. During this time, no stirring should take place since this can cause fines (small particles of coffee grinds) to pass through the filter into your cup.
After four minutes have passed, slowly press down on the plunger until you feel resistance at the bottom of your French press. Take care not to push too hard or too fast as this can break or damage your filter mesh screen.