If you have read the Bulletproof Coffee recipe here then you’ll know that Dave Asprey recommends using the French Press method to brew your coffee. Of course, using this way to make Bulletproof coffee is not the only way; there is also the incredible new age AeroPress coffee method too.
Knowing how to use a French press coffee plunger, the correct way, allows you to experiment with many different coffee brewing variables. This just one reason that makes it a great piece of coffee equipment for any coffee hackers out there.
What is a French Press?
A French press is a coffee pot that contains a plunger with fine metal mesh filter at the end that pushes the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot once the coffee has brewed & is ready to be poured. It is also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, cafetière (UK) or сafetière à piston.
It is a coffee making device patented by Italian designers Attilio Calimani & Giulio Moneta back in 1929.
Swiss inventor, Faliero Bondanini, designed a version called Chambord that was manufactured in France in the 1950’s. The popularity of this type of coffee brewer, with the French people, is where the French Press name originates from. The classic Bondanini Chambord design is now owned by Danish company, Bodum, and is still available to purchase here.
You will need the right tools and products to help you make sure that you can easily follow the step by step instructions, hints and tips below. Investing in buying quality products will pay dividends; you will appreciate well made equipment, especially with daily use.
Here is a list of recommended coffee making tools you will need:
- Bulletproof coffee whole beans (decaf or caffeinated)
- Filtered water. This Soma filter is recommended for home use.
- One of the recommended digital measuring scales
- Bonavita precision pour & temperature control kettle (comes with digital timer built-in)
- One of the recommended burr coffee grinders
- Best French Press for Making Bulletproof Coffee
French Press Instructions
- Pour some hot water into the empty, glass french press pot; this helps the coffee stay warm. Pouring hot water is easier & more precise when using a gooseneck kettle.
- Pour the hot water out after 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Grind your coffee beans fresh using a burr grinder to a coarse grind setting.
- Use a digital kitchen scale to measure the right amount of freshly ground coffee to water ratio. A common ratio is 1:15, i.e. 15 grams of ground coffee per every 225 grams of water. For 3 cups use 17 grams (2-3 tbsp) to 275 ml water.
- Create a coffee bloom by using a small amount of water to wet the coffee grinds.
- Bloom the coffee for about 30 seconds to release the carbon dioxide gases.
- Carefully pour 195-196°F (91°C) boiled filtered water and let the coffee steep.
- Put the french press plunger lid on whilst waiting for the other 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Allow the coffee to brew for 4 minutes in total. Use a clock for precision timing.
- Gently push the plunger filter down to the bottom to complete the brewing process.
Plunging Tips: If your coffee grind is too coarse the plunger will be very easy to push down. If your coffee grind is too fine the plunger will be very difficult to push down.
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe Steps
- French press brewing works best with a medium coarse coffee grind.
- Decant your freshly brewed coffee after plunging to stop it from steeping for any longer in the press pot.
- Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a blender, along with grass-fed butter & Brain Octane oil.
- Blend all together to create a Bulletproof Coffee.
Here are two great videos from two different barista’s (pronounced buh-REE-stuh; from the Italian for “bartender”).
This will help you watch a barista make coffee using the French press method.
Travel TipsIt is all well and good having all the right gear at your house, but what if you need to travel? If you enjoy making plunger coffee then you are in luck. You can use this Bodum insulated stainless-steel travel French Press coffee and tea mug.
- The travel mug can make 15 fluid oz. (0.45 liters) which is perfect for a single cup on the road.
- The plunger is built into the lid and stays inside the mug as you sip your coffee
- It comes with a non-slip silicone grip that is available in four colors: black, red, white or green.
- The double wall design means hot drinks stay warm for longer like a thermal flask.
All you need to do is ask one of the Coffee shops at an airport for some boiled water. Top tip would ask Starbucks for hot water as they use water filters to keep their coffee taste consistent worldwide.
If you want to be a proper coffee hacker when you go camping or travelling through airports then you might need a portable coffee grinder like this nice small compact one from porlex. Use this to grind up some coffee beans on the go wherever you are.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Question: Can I make tea using a French Press?
Answer: Yes, you can steep the loose tea leaves just like the coffee grinds. You could also make Bulletproof tea using cacao.
- Question: Can I make espresso, cappuccino or lattes?
Answer: You cannot make an espresso based drink as the pot makes brewed coffee that is percolated.
- Question: What press pot sizes are available to buy?
Answer: You typically can get 1 cup, 3 cup, 4 cup and 8 cup pots on Amazon.
- Question: What should I do with the used coffee grinds?
Answer: Don’t throw the spent grinds down your kitchen sink. Instead scoop them out using a spoon into a bin. Even better would be to add the coffee grinds to your garden soil or flower pots & use as a compost to improve the nutrient levels.
- Question: Is a press pot dishwasher safe?
Answer: Read the manufacturers manual with the product you buy. Most brewing chambers are made of glass and so should be safe to clean in a dishwasher, however, refer to the users manual of the one you purchase. You can also unscrew the metal plunger parts and place in the silverware basket.
- Question: Can I just rinse the coffee press under hot water from the tap?
Answer: Yes, this would be sufficient for daily use until you need to do a bigger clean to help get rid of excess coffee oils that might make your brewed coffee taste more bitter after prolonged use.