How to Use a French-Press Mug

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A French press is a device that uses a narrow cylinder and a plunger to extract the flavor of ground coffee. French presses come in several sizes and are usually manufactured from plastic, metal or glass. A more portable option is a French-press mug that allows the coffee lover to make a cup of coffee away from home. The mug works in the same fashion as a traditional French press, and can be used whenever coarse coffee grounds and water are available.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Boiling water
  • Spoon
  • Pour approximately 2 tsp. coffee grounds per 8 oz. water into the French-press mug.

  • Boil tap water in a medium-sized pot. The amount of water required will depend upon the size of the French-press mug and the desired amount of coffee.

  • Pour the boiling tap water into the French-press mug. Leave approximately 1-inch of space at the top for plunger room.

  • Stir the contents of the mug with a spoon. This will lift any coffee grounds that have settled on the bottle of the mug.

  • Set the mug's lid on top of the mug. The lid will contain the filter assembly and a long rod, or plunger. The plunger should be pulled upward until it is completely sticking out of the top of the lid.

  • Allow the coffee to steep for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Press down on the plunger. The plunger should remain straight and a constant amount of pressure should be applied. This ensures that the grounds do not escape into the brewed coffee.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use coarsely ground coffee beans in the French-press mug.

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