Best French Press Coffee to Water Ratio

By August 18, 2016

Coffee to water ratio always counts for a perfect French Press coffee. Coffee newbies sometimes are not sure about the amount of coffee to use per cup of water coffee in a French Press.

“What’s the ideal coffee to water ratio for a French press? I’ve looked at various online resources, which all gave me a different amount. Some call for 2 tablespoons per 6 oz of water, others per 4 oz. Others said to use one or the other, and add water after brewing if it’s too strong. So what’s the ideal blend for extracting the best flavor?”

The above question is asked by a friend on The How to Geek. The answer is diversified. Here the article will cover two methods of brewing ratio.

#1 Measure by Weight

In fact, there is no consensus on the ideal coffee to water ratio for the French Press. While looking through online resources, you will find the brewing ratio is various from 10:1 to 18:1. By averaged the ratio, there comes out to 15.5:1. In other words, you should put 15.5 grams of water for every 1 gram of coffee to make a French Press.

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Tips: Actually, you can try from 10:1 to 18:1 to find your favorite flavor. Personally, I love the 16:1 coffee to water ratio for a brewing coffee.

#2 Measure by Volume

As to measure by volume, there is also no exact ratio for a French Press. If you prefer strong coffee, using 1 tablespoon of coffee for every 3 ounces is recommended. Otherwise, ratio as 1 tablespoon of coffee for every 4 fluid ounces of water is widely accepted. Of course, you can adjust the amount of coffee to your desired taste. Below is a general range to get you started.

  • Ecooe 20 oz French Press = 5-6 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • Ecooe 27 oz French Press = 7-8 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • Ecooe 34 oz French Press = 9-10 tablespoons coffee grounds

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If you are coffee newbies, this article on coffee to water ratio may help you a lot to get started. But the tutorial is only tailored to popular taste. Maybe it cannot brew your desired taste. It’s highly recommended to find your favorite coffee to water ratio for a French Press through continuous groping.

Tips: Coffee to water ratio does influence the flavor of a cup of coffee, so does water temperature and steeping time. And also, the freshly grind coffee tastes better. Besides, it is best for you use coffee grounds once. If you feel it’s a waste, you can try these 10 uses of used coffee grounds

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