How to make coffee with a french press or cafetiere

As we all know a cafetière is a heatproof jug, typically made of glass, with a strainer attached to the lid – They are also known as a ‘French press’.

Once your Dead Skull coffee has brewed, you plunge the strainer to the bottom to separate the spent coffee grounds from the coffee, leaving your perfectly brewed coffee to pour from the spout and the grounds remain secured in the base.

How to use a cafetière

Clean the cafetière before use – you need to clean it before or after every time you use it. Reusing a cafetière without cleaning will make your coffee taste a little old or muddy.

Boil the kettle and leave it to rest for 1 minute while you weigh the coffee. You need the water to cool down slightly, as you don’t want to ‘burn’ the coffee grounds when you pour the water over.

Add the coffee to the base of the heatproof jug – 1 tbsp per cup you want to make. This is about 7g, so for an 8 cup cafetière you need 50-60g (depending on how strong you like it). You can weigh this out on digital scales or using a measuring spoon. If you’re not filling the whole cafetière (making 8 cups), use 125ml water per 1 tbsp coffee ground for every cup you want to make.

Half fill the cafetière with the hot water, pouring it over the grounds, and stir with a spoon, so all the grounds are wet, and submerged in the water. Top up with the rest of the water.

Add the lid, but don’t plunge. Set a timer for 4 minutes.

Plunge slowly and steadily, holding the handle with one hand, and the plunger with the other. Don’t plunge too fast or some of the grounds can escape the strainer, or the coffee can spurt out of the spout.

French Press Cafetiere

Pour into mugs and enjoy!

Coffee amount guide

8 cup/1 litre cafetière = 50-60g or 8 tbsp ground coffee

4 cup/500ml cafetière = 25-30g or 4 tbsp ground coffee

3 cup/350ml cafetière = 20-23g or 3 tbsp ground coffee

The general rule is that you need one scoop (1 tbsp or 7g) of ground coffee per mug, or per 125ml hot water. Try weighing it out for accurate results, then see if you prefer your coffee weaker or stronger and adjust to your liking.

Dead Skull coffee can do medium grounds to order for a cafetière – If grounds are very fine, they’ll slip through the strainer, and too coarse, it’s hard to plunge.

If you’re grinding your own: Grind until you no longer see any shiny outer shells of the coffee beans, and there are no large pieces. You want the grounds to look consistent in size, matte and earthy. Don’t blend too fine, so it becomes dusty or you can’t see the individual grounds.