The humble Plunger or French Press, has been around for over 150 years. Though it was first patented in 1929 by Italian inventors, it had been around in various forms for nearly 80 years earlier. As an immersion coffee brewer (coffee is in constant contact with water through the brewing process), its important to make sure the beans are ground medium/coarse as a finer grind won't allow you to brew for the length of time required without tasting bitter.

What you'll need;

  • Scales
  • Stirrer
  • 350ml Plunger
  • 300ml fresh filtered water
  • Kettle
  • 20g of Coffee ground medium/coarse 


  1. First, heat your filtered water to 95C or leave boiled water for a minute before using it.
  2. Pre heat your plunger and your favourite mug with hot water.
  3. Discard the water and place on the scales.
  4. Grind 20g of coffee and empty into the plunger.
  5. Add twice as much water as coffee and stir. Let sit for 40 seconds.
  6. Now use the rest of the 300g of water and stir. Place the plunger on top but don’t plunge yet. Let the coffee brew for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Once you reach your allotted time its time to plunge, but not to the bottom as this will stir up the sediment.
  8. Pour the coffee into your favourite mug, but leave that last little bit of liquid behind, as it will have a little sludge. The coffee will keep brewing so make sure you pour everything out into another mug till you want it.
  9. Grab your favourite read and sip till it's time for another!