perfect french press coffee

Stainless steel french press pouring coffee into a stainless mug with creamer in foreground on a plaid cloth.

My favorite way to enjoy a cup of morning coffee at anchor is to prepare it in a French press. As long as you properly grind your coffee and use the correct water temperature, the flavor is hard to top using any other method. After breaking our glass carafe press as a result of hitting a big wave, my daughter found one made of stainless steel that should pretty much last us forever. You’ll need a 4-cup French press brewer for this perfect french press coffee recipe.

perfect french press coffee

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 5 minutes


  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup) fresh coffee beans
  • hot water just off the boil
  • (about 205°F)



Grind the coffee beans as coarse as breadcrumbs (or purchase ground coffee from your local shop). Pour the coffee into the French press.


Fill your kettle with at least 4½ cups water and bring to a boil. Take the kettle off the heat and let it cool for 30 seconds. Now fill the carafe to the halfway point, making sure to saturate all the grounds so there are no dry spots.


Set a timer for 4 minutes. After 60 seconds, use a spoon to break up the cakey layer of grounds that have formed at the top of the water. Fill the carafe to the top with additional hot water. Place the lid on the press and wait until the full 4 minutes have passed. Now press the plunger all the way to the bottom of the carafe. Serve immediately.


Note: I keep a hand bean grinder on board. It takes a bit of time to grind ½ cup of beans, but I enjoy the morning ritual and the smell is divine.

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