How to Replace the Coffee Press Filter


Coffee presses, commonly referred to as a French press, are common in many parts of the world, and many coffee aficionados swear by the stronger, more intense flavor of coffee brewed in a press. However, coffee press filters often wear out after extended use and will need to be replaced. Replacement parts are cost-effective and are worth replacing if you have a high-quality coffee press with a well-cared-for carafe.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement mesh filter (if necessary)
  • Replacement metal filter (if necessary)
  • Remove the plunger section of the coffee press from the carafe slowly. Store the carafe until needed.

  • Unscrew the bottom portion of the plunger in a clockwise motion until it comes apart. The plunger portion of the coffee press contains three distinct parts: the filter cross plate, mesh filter and filter spiral plate. If you are unsure of how they go back together, take a second to note what order they are in.

  • Separate the mesh filter from the other parts of the bottom of the plunger. Inspect the mesh filter for damage or fraying around the edges that could allow excess coffee grounds to enter your brewed coffee.

  • Check the filter spiral plate for any damage if the mesh filter appears to be intact. In general, the filter spiral plate is hard to damage, but it does happen.

  • Contact the manufacturer or retailer you purchased the coffee press from for a replacement part for your particular model. In most cases, replacement parts are widely available and are sometimes interchangeable with other brands of filters.

  • Wash the replacement part with clean water and soap. Allow it to dry in a dish strainer or on a towel.

  • Put the plunger section of the coffee press back together with the replacement part.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check with the manufacturer or retailer you purchased the press from to see if your model's parts are still under warranty.
  • Be careful when removing a damaged mesh filter. The edges can become frayed and sharp when damaged and can easily cut you. Always inspect the mesh filter in adequate light to avoid injury.

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