How to make Plunger Coffee

In this guide, I go through the steps on how to make plunger coffee. Now, this sounds like a pretty simple process however it can be a bit confusing to anyone who has already just drunk instant coffee.

I also go through some helpful tips that you might not know of that can help improve the quality of your next brew.

If you don’t already know, plunger coffee is coffee made in a device that is known as a coffee plunger or also known as a press pot, coffee press, and French press.

This method is currently my favorite method of making coffee as it is dead simple and you get a few cups of coffee all in one batch. (Depending on the size of the French press coffee maker you’re using)

Steps for that Perfect Coffee

I will quickly go through the steps on how to make plunger coffee below. If you prefer to see how to do this visually, then I have a cool video towards the bottom of this page that you can follow. It will go through all the same steps I mention below.

  1. First, preheat the plunger this will help keep the coffee hotter for longer.
  2. Start with your favorite type of ground coffee.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. of coffee per cup of water to the plunger. (More or less depending on your preference)
  4. Add about 1 cup of boiled water.
  5. Using a spoon or chopstick gently stir the coffee. (It is important to avoid metal spoons as they may chip, scratch or break the coffee plunger if you hit the sides too hard. A crème should start to form once you stop stirring.
  6. Fill the plunger up with freshly boiled water until you hit the max watermark or about 1 cup per Tbsp. of coffee if you’re not planning on doing a full plunger worth of coffee. (If there isn’t a mark then aim to leave a few centimeters/inches at the top)
  7. Place the lid on and let sit for a few minutes. (I usually give it 2-3 minutes )
  8. Depress the plunger slowly ensuring little to no coffee grounds get past the mesh.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

Perfect Plunger Coffee Tips

  • Similar to filter coffee leaving the coffee to sit in the coffee plunger for too long will turn it bitter and will not be nearly as good as if it was freshly brewed.
  • If you’re getting a firm resistance while pushing the plunger down, then you might have used coffee that is too fine. Try a courser blend for better results.
  • You’re able to get fantastic portable French press coffee makers.

How to Make Plunger Coffee Video

Want to see how to make coffee in a coffee press/coffee plunger visually? Then check out this cool video I have thrown together that goes from start to finish on how to make that perfect cuppa!

If you haven’t got a coffee press or coffee plunger, then you can get some at a very affordable price. If you want a fancy one, you can also get some pretty expensive but cool looking plungers.

If you have your own technique for making plunger coffee that you would love to share then feel free to leave a comment below.