Making Plunger Coffee
1) Making great plunger coffee begins with a good quality, freshly roasted coffee – preferably your locally roasted coffee, like our Signature Series Blend or our single origin Colombia Bucaramanga. The fresher the coffee, the better your coffee can taste.
2) Start the kettle.
3) While the kettle is getting going, grind the desired quantity of coffee beans at a coarse setting. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, ask your roaster to grind the coffee you purchase from them. Make sure to tell them that you’re going to be using the coffee in a French press/plunger as this makes a difference when making your coffee.
4) Add your desired amount of coffee into the plunger. You’ll have to figure this out according to your taste preference. We use roughly 16g of coffee in a one-cup plunger (300ml) i.e. roughly one heaped tablespoon. This may be too weak for some and too strong for others. THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY. If you enjoy your coffee, that’s the way you should prepare it! If you aren’t 100% happy with your cup, there are a few things you can do differently to find what works best for you (see the bottom of this tutorial for our suggestions).
5) About a minute after the kettle has boiled, pour enough hot water to cover/saturate the coffee and give it a gentle stir. Continue to fill the plunger and place the lid on top. At this stage do not plunge the coffee, rather allow it to steep for 3-4 minutes.
6) Once the 3-4 minutes have passed, gently & steadily press the plunger down until it can’t be pushed down any more.
7) Pour the coffee into your cup straight away. The longer you leave it in the plunger after the 3-4 minutes, the more likely it will be that the coffee will taste bitter/astringent/burnt/ashy.
8) Add milk, sugar or nothing at all and enjoy.
Tip: If you end up with coffee grounds in your cup, it could be that your coffee was either ground too fine or was plunged down to hard/fast.
If you find that the coffee is too strong, try one or more of the following:
- Reduce the brewing time
- Make the coffee grind coarser
- Use less coffee for the same amount of water
If you find that the coffee is too weak or watery you can try:
- Make the coffee grind finer
- Add more coffee nect time
- Increase the brewing time
Our filter coffee recommendations
Want something light and slightly fruity? Try our Revolution Blend
For something more full-bodied and bold, grab a bag of our Signature Series Blend
A single origin that has some fruit and chocolate? Our Colombia Bucaramanga might be just what you’ve been looking for.
Don’t forget to select “Grind: Filter Grind” when buying your coffee online with us, so that it arrives ready for you to enjoy right away in your plunger!